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NBC Philadelphia - Denise Nakano
One Montgomery County woman is suing a rental furniture company after she purchased a 2nd hand bed set that was infested with bedbugs.
Robin Boyd has scars all over her body -- evidence, she says, that was being bitten for nearly a year by bedbugs..
"They’re in your boots, they’re in your shoes, they’re in your underwear. They’re everywhere," the woman said.
Boyd claims the tiny bloodsuckers came with the second-hand bedroom set she bought from Aaron’s -- a rent-to-own store in Norristown, Pa.
"Got into bed, 4 o’clock in the morning they woke me up. I was bitten everywhere," Boyd said as she recalled the first attack. "My arms, my face, my back, my breasts, my buttocks, my legs."
Robin says her bedbug ordeal caused her lose her hair, lose her job and incur countless medical expenses.
She lived with her bug-infested furniture until this past June when she got enough money to move out -- leaving everything behind.
"If you only knew how I lived, it wasn’t a pretty sight but I didn’t know what else to do," she said.
Robin’s attorney Barry Gultanoff filed a lawsuit against Aaron’s, calling the company negligent.
"Robin is an innocent victim," he said. "She purchased furniture from a company and she expected to live comfortably, didn’t expect to get bitten."
Aaron’s released a statement that reads in part:
“Aaron’s takes any complaint of infestation very seriously and we have conducted a full investigation into this matter. We are confident that our store was not the source of this infestation.”
The bedbug invasion is hitting cities throughout the country.
Just this month, officials shut down an AMC movie theater in New York’s Times Square after a moviegoer was bitten in her seat.
In Connecticut, bedbugs climbed the pole inside a firehouse and back in Manhattan outbreaks happened at a Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie and Fitch.
Robin says she’s starting to rebuild her life free of bedbugs.
"I’m going to get something and get rid of it," she said. "They’re not going to beat me. Then they beat you anyway. And that’s how I lived."