Note in Woman’s Shein Order states that she “shall die” in dress.

In a viral video posted last week, a woman shows notes she said she received on her Shein assignment, telling her she’s “going to die” in her new purple dress.

In a TikTok posted Saturday, Amanda (@michigansmiles84) opens a package she claims she received from online fashion retailer Shein. Several small pieces of paper fall out, which Amanda says everyone says, “You’re going to die in this suit.”

She says she immediately washed her hands and put on gloves to handle the package – and called her local police department.

The video shows Amanda wearing gloves, and in a follow-up video, she says she reenacted what happened to her to show TikTok viewers.

“No joke,” Amanda says in her video, which racked up 5 million views as of Tuesday. “Definitely disappointed, Shein.” Amanda says she won’t wear or even try on the dress she bought.

@michigansmiles84 #shein @shein_official #sheinhaul #sheingals #sheinfashionweek @SHEIN_Official @SHEIN_News @SHEIN_Japan Please explain the attached video. I ordered this dress and others on January 15th. When opening the inner Shein package, 6 folded papers fell out. I am scared and concerned and have called the local police. That’s no joke. I will not wear or try on this dress even if it’s a joke. #concerned ♬ Original sound – Amanda

In a follow-up video, Amanda says that she’s ordered from Shein before and never had this problem, but that she’s not sure if she’ll shop with Shein again. She also shared that she contacted Shein but received no response.

The Daily Dot reached out to Amanda and Shein, but didn’t immediately get a response.

In June 2022, a conspiracy that Shein employees were enclosing notes to customers in shipping boxes was debunked by Snopes, who reported that the notes’ alleged provenance was “misleading.” In response, Shein posted a TikTok saying that garments labeled “need your help” refer to the delicate process of washing the clothes and that the company does not use “forced labor.”

Commenters on Amanda’s video cited the conspiracy, but others have criticized TikToker and others who support the brand, which has been linked to forced labor practices on multiple occasions.


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*Initial publication: January 26, 2023 1:33 pm CST

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