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Woman protesting padded bikinis for young girls at Abercrombie & Fitch cited by mall security

April 1, 2011 |  7:50 am

South Coast Plaza security officials on Wednesday cited a women who has been protesting outside Abercrombie & Fitch over the retailer's sale of of padded bikini tops for young girls, Costa Mesa police said.

Ethel Bolton, 75, sat quietly defiant in her wheelchair by the store's entrance inside the shopping center and held a sign that read "Abercrombie: Pedophiles sexualizing little girls thru clothing."

According to media reports, many parents are upset by the store's retailing of a padded bikini top for girls as young as 8. Originally marketed as a "push-up triangle" bikini, the name has been changed to "striped triangle," according to reports. The product did not appear to be available on the store's website Wednesday, and company officials did not return a call seeking comment.

"I'm incensed by the clothing they're selling to little girls," Bolton said. "I feel like they will cause more rapes. I'm willing to go to jail for this."

There is no fine with the citation Bolton received.

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Photo: Ethel Bolton, right, with daughter Ava Park, demonstrate against Abercrombie & Fitch in Costa Mesa. Credit: Don Leach / Times Community News