Let’s put it this way: When you go shopping in a store for clothing, you might expect to run into inconsiderate people or long lines at checkout or even for the item you came looking for to be out of stock. You certainly don’t go into a store expecting to find a human bone in a brand new pair of socks.
YES. THIS HAPPENED.
A customer finds what is believed to be a piece of human bone in a pair of socks while shopping at Primark in Colchester https://t.co/ZlWhwOvSkK
— BBC News England (@BBCEngland) January 25, 2019
According to Essex police who responded to a call in the town of Colchester, a customer found a piece of human bone in a pair of socks while shopping at the local Primark. Authorities said the bone did “not appear be a result of recent trauma and had no skin or other particles surrounding it,” adding that they are not certain of the age or origin of the bone.
Here’s the kicker: The socks were purchased on December 10, but their owner didn’t report the grim discovery to Essex Police until January 2.
“We are liaising with the store who, in turn, are speaking to their suppliers for more information on this incident. Inquiries are ongoing,” said a police spokesperson.
A spokesperson for Primark also issued an apology, and suggested that the “bone” in question might be part of a hoax.
Detectives say they're investigating after what is believed to be a human bone part was discovered in a pair of socks from Colchester @primark. Police say it doesn't appear to be the result of "recent trauma" and there was no skin on it. The clothing chain suggests it was a hoax. pic.twitter.com/mjQLYYoJhG
— BBC Essex (@BBCEssex) January 25, 2019
“Primark clearly takes this matter very seriously and has already carried out an investigation at our supplier’s factory where the socks were made. No evidence of any kind exists to suggest that any incident has occurred in the factory, so it is highly probable that this object was placed in the socks by an individual for unknown reasons,” the spokesperson said.
“Primark has been the subject of isolated incidents in the past which have subsequently been found to have been hoaxes,” they added. “The factory has been used by other retailers and subject of many audits over many years. Primark sincerely apologises to the customer who found the item for any distress caused.”
There’s a headline you don’t see every day.
This is an odd one. Shopper finds HUMAN BONE in pair of Primark sockshttps://t.co/qqtm4OkboT
— Chad Nugent (@ChadNugent) January 25, 2019
Headline of the day so far.
Police investigate human bone found in Primark socks https://t.co/KY2ZLPYRYj
— Eamonn Griffin (@eamonngriffin) January 25, 2019
Hi there! It’s me, your good pal 2019. And I have a gift for you! https://t.co/jQVXBTwvDt
— Dave Convery (@ZomDa) January 25, 2019
This person doesn’t seem too shocked by the find, though:
As a previous Primark sales associate can I just say that the fact that someone found a human bone in a purchase does not surprise me what so ever.
— shoujo bread (@pokiedead) January 25, 2019
This person just wants to be left alone, guys.
to everybody saying there’s a human bone in a sock in primark: that’s just my snack for later, leave it alone
— charlie eats DIRT (@willnpegme) January 25, 2019
We see what they did there.
Most blokes have found a bone in a sock at some point in their life.@Primark
Shopper finds 'human bone' in pair of socks bought from store in UK" https://t.co/qeupXcs1L5
— Pete Stuffins (@Scunnypaxo) January 26, 2019
Great minds think alike, apparently.
I will never fail to find Primark/Primarch puns funny. So when BBC news reports ''Human bone' found in Primark sock' you bet I'm going to laugh. You'd think it's something that happens so often it wouldn't be newsworthy. 😆
(Picture credit to Silverleef on reddit.) pic.twitter.com/mwFleYYNVG
— Bees (@VoiceOfKosh) January 25, 2019
Let’s hope it’s fake––because people have sick senses of humor, okay?––but if it’s not… that sound you heard? Yeah, that’s just us upchucking.