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It's a bird! It's a plane! Oh, no, it's just you getting bedbugs from every single place that has ever existed.
Two more shops have now acknowledged contact with the critters, and this time, it's not some tiny Soho boutique or your little brother's favorite store—they're big time flagship department stores. Macy's in Herald Square and Bloomingdale's on 59th Street are the newest stops on the bed bug shopping spree, and each situation ain't pretty.
Trying to underplay the pests, Bloomingdale's claims only one single bug had been found and was promptly removed, and the store is being treated. As for Macy's, the miniature vampires were only found in the 34th Street corporate offices, which had been closed while the store remained open.
With these constant outbreaks, how much can we ignorance-is-bliss our way into shopping? Believing that there was only one, lonely critter trekking through Bloomingdale's floors all alone with a bindle like a cartoon hobo or that the problem upstairs at Macy's won't travel downstairs at all seems pretty unreasonable. And, as The Post points out, the 59th Street shop was never shut down, making Bloomie's the first to not close its doors to deal with the bedbugs—er, bedbug.
Where there's one, there are probably a lot more, but one thing's absolutely for sure: with their shopping spree moving from adolescent clothing straight to humongous department stores, these creepy crawlies also seem to be sucking up a more refined taste. Saks Fifth Avenue: you have been warned.
· Bedbugs Strike Department Stores, Schools, EVERYWHERE! [Gothamist]
· Bloomingdale's Bedbug [NY Post]
· All Bed Bug Fest 2010 Coverage [Racked NY]