We’ve been selling clergy and altar server apparel for many years. While almost every order is for a legitimate purpose, we likely get orders from people ordering clergy shirts for Halloween which is why we don’t take returns on clergy shirts ordered in October.
Last week we had a large order for some purple altar server cassocks and surplices which, apart from the color, isn’t odd. It’s what happened after. I got a call this morning saying that the cassocks were too small and needed to be exchanged so I gave instructions for proper measurements. The lady said that these were for the Andrew Christian clothing company which I had never heard of and wasn’t in the address for the original order.
After hanging up the phone I did a quick search for the company and found out that the company is a gay clothing and porn company. Obviously, these cassocks weren’t going to used for anything good. I tried calling the the lady back but got stuck in a phone tree so I sent an email saying that we were sending a call tag at our expense to get the cassocks back and giving them a full refund but we wouldn’t be sending replacements.
The money for the order would have been nice but we’re not going to be party to this.
If you own a Catholic store and get an order for purple cassocks, ask for an email address. If it comes from Andrew Christian, you may want to think twice about taking the order.
He lives with his lovely wife and eleven kids in northern Colorado.