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Cintra Wilson's Critical Shopper column on the Soho Prada store might just get some poor sales associate canned. The Times writer described how she basically bolted from the store after being walked in on in the dressing room multiple times by an overeager staffer: "Knock, knock. 'How’s it going?' The door slid open. I loathe being barged in on while half dressed. 'We can alter that. Try this!' Zelda handed me a shirt I had rejected with her earlier. She left the door open. Male sales assistants stomped by. I dug to find the items I wanted. Knock, knock. 'Yes?' (Translation: 'Come in! Bring a guest!') I stood in my camisole as Zelda exposed me to the seamstress: a small woman with a pin-filled tomato on her wrist. 'She’s leaving,' Zelda cried. 'Can you come back tomorrow?' 'Yes. Could I get some clothes on, please?' 'Oh!' Zelda left the door wide open. A construction engineer in work boots walked by. I tried the lock again." [NY Times]