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A man was accused of shoplifting after staff clocked a suspicious 'bulge' in his jeans - only for it to transpire that his trousers weren't full of stolen goods, just his 10-inch penis. Casual.
Window fitter Steve Whitehurst, 47, was out shopping at Scotts Menswear in Stoke-on-Trent with girlfriend Mandy Shenton, 46, and her 18-month-old grandson.
When he headed to the till to pay for the £400 ($494) of items he'd picked out, the store manager confronted him about the bulge, and he claims he was forced to show security what he was actually packing.
Steve said: "I had very tight jeans on that day and there was a bulge, yes, but that's not illegal. I can't help the way I'm made.
"The manager started arguing with me. She wouldn't let it go. I just kept telling her that it was my penis.
"Eventually I dropped my trousers in front of everyone and just stood there in my boxer shorts and said, 'See, I've got nothing to hide'.
"But that didn't satisfy her. She kept saying, 'What's that bulge?'"
Steve, who claims he often has to roll up his manhood, said he had to go into a cubicle with a male security guard to prove what was behind the mysterious mound in his jeans.
He continued: "I dropped my boxers. He shook his head and ran out and spoke with the manager. I heard her say, 'Please tell me he's got something down there,' and the guy said, 'No'."
Recalling last Sunday's shopping trip as the 'craziest experience of my life', he has since made a complaint to the company.
Girlfriend Mandy said: "It was so humiliating. What they did to Steve was disgusting."
Staff claimed the manager who accused Steve of shoplifting was 'on holiday', with sources saying they never asked Steve to expose himself, accusing him of becoming 'aggressive'.
One witness said: "Staff had good grounds to suspect him.
"He was picking up and dropping a lot of items.
"They found a missing electronic tag in a jacket he tried on and then spotted a big bulge in his pants.
"When they cornered him he became very abusive.
"He then dropped his trousers, but the bulge was much smaller than staff remembered it. No one ever asked him to go to a cubicle to reveal himself - he did that of his own volition."
JD Sports, which owns Scotts Menswear, said: "The customer in question was exhibiting suspicious behaviour and, when the store manager confronted the customer, he became abusive.
"At no point did any colleague ask the customer to remove any clothing."
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