by: Greg Suskin Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tracy Bailey was floored when her 18-year-old daughter told her what happened at the Hollister store at Carolina Place Mall on Tuesday.
"I was shaking all over, I was crying," Bailey said.
Her daughter, who has worked there for two years, texted to tell her a man had exposed himself to her inside the store around noon Tuesday.
Bailey said he asked her for sexual favors first.
"He said he had to tell her a secret, and that's when he offered her money for her to do things for him. When she told him no, that’s when he got close to her and exposed himself to her,” Bailey said.
Bailey said her daughter immediately went to tell her manager, who called 911. She said she had seen the man in the store many times before, usually shopping with his mother. This time, he was alone.
Officials at Carolina Place Mall told Channel 9 they had no comment on the incident because it's been turned over to police. Pineville police said they are not investigating any other related incidents.
Some mall customers said such an act leaves them, speechless.
"Sick man. I don't even have words to describe it. It's a sick thing," said Michael McKinney.
Kathy Edington called it disturbing, but said she would've dealt with the man, herself.
“I wouldn't make a call to anyone. I'd make sure he was taken care of," she said.
The man was described as a white man in his 30s, “extremely overweight,” with a pony tail, goatee and wearing a black shirt, jeans and a camo hat.
Pineville police said late Wednesday they've received lots of tips since the picture of the man went on the air at noon. However, they have not identified man.
They are checking with Sam’s Club, Garden Ridge and other stores around the mall, after employees reported seeing him there recently as well.
The stores are also checking their own surveillance cameras.
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