Utah Woman Fired for Skirt-Pulling Incident Launches GoFundMe After Losing Job

Utah Woman Fired for Skirt-Pulling Incident Launches GoFundMe After Losing Job
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A Utah woman named Ida Loren­zo has turned to crowd­fund­ing after los­ing her job at the state Attor­ney Gen­er­al’s office due to a scan­dal involv­ing her pulling down a teenage girl’s skirt in a restaurant.

Loren­zo was charged with a Class A mis­de­meanor in April 2024 for the inci­dent, which was caught on video and went viral online. The video showed Loren­zo approach­ing the teenage girl in the lob­by of a Japan­ese Steak­house in St. George, Utah, and tug­ging on her skirt, claim­ing the girl was expos­ing her­self in front of children.

The teenager’s friends can be heard in the video telling Loren­zo, “You do not get to touch her.” Loren­zo also appeared to flash a badge and threat­en to call child pro­tec­tive services.

Fol­low­ing the inci­dent, Loren­zo was ter­mi­nat­ed from her legal sec­re­tary posi­tion at the Wash­ing­ton Coun­ty office of the state Attor­ney Gen­er­al on the same day she was charged. In a let­ter, the office cit­ed her “non­com­pli­ance with poli­cies and stan­dards relat­ed to per­for­mance” as the rea­son for the dismissal.

Now, Loren­zo has turned to GoFundMe in a bid to gen­er­ate some income while she search­es for a new job. She has described her­self as a “sin­gle moth­er” and a “sur­vivor of domes­tic vio­lence,” and has claimed that her son is a “sui­cide sur­vivor” who was bul­lied in mid­dle school.

Loren­zo has set a fundrais­ing goal of $5,000 on the plat­form, but so far has only man­aged to raise less than $500. In her appeal, she has plead­ed for sym­pa­thy and stat­ed that she has “nev­er asked for any help until now” and that this is the “first time” in her life that she could use the assistance.

The inci­dent and Loren­zo’s sub­se­quent ter­mi­na­tion have sparked sig­nif­i­cant atten­tion and con­tro­ver­sy, with many debat­ing the appro­pri­ate­ness of her actions and the con­se­quences she has faced.

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