Local woman, Aidy James, 36, was reportedly flabbergasted to witness a woman dressed unlike herself in the process purchasing a dress. The mother of two had been browsing the holiday selection when the apparently Muslim woman entered the store and proceeded towards the dress rack.
“I saw her come in but I was like, ‘whatever’. This is a free country. I mean, I don’t care if you want to wear a burka.”
But she was forced to take notice when the woman pulled a red silk sleeveless dress from the rack and held it against her shoulders as if checking the size.
“At that point, I was kind of surprised but not totally,” says James.”I mean, we all go into weird stores to buy gifts. I’ve gone into some totally not me places, you know?”
The concerned citizen decided to investigate further, and acting upon a brainstorm she edged behind a $200 taffeta blouse. Pretending to check the price and smell under the arms to be sure it hadn’t been worn, she watched the action unfold.
“She walked up to the clerk and asked if they had a size 8,” James relates.”I think her exact words were ‘do you carry this in a size 8?’ But I can’t be sure. It was a pretty intense moment.”
The clerk then reportedly assisted the customer in finding a size 8, and the woman then retreated to the changing rooms. Until then James had assumed she was buying the dress for someone else, but when faced with the truth she was shocked. Not too shocked to follow a hunch, though – the intrepid lady headed into the changing rooms herself to be sure.
“I saw her arms waving above the door and I even saw her socks. She was changing into that red sleeveless dress I saw her pick up!”
James retreated to the sales rack when the veiled woman emerged holding the dress. She then watched as the woman proceeded to buy the dress.
“She told the clerk she was getting it for her sister’s welcome home party. I mean, what?! She wore clothes under there? It was kind of like my cousin Macie’s prom dress. Not foreign at all!”
After the woman left, carrying the bag in a surprisingly normal gesture, James bought a Wintery Wintery Wine candle with the intention of questioning the store clerk. The clerk, while ringing up the smelly monstrosity and bagging it, was nonchalant.
“You see all kinds of people in here,” she was reported to have said, rather vaguely.
When informed of the fact the the woman had been wearing a niqab and not a burqa as previously supposed, James let the fact slide over her head.
At press time, she was seen shaking her head and mumbling as she wrapped the candle to give to her mother in-law.
Juwairiyah Khalil is a young Muslim American writer of indifferent talents. Her interests are reading, saving the world by midnight, and eating chips. She lives in rural Missouri.