Bed bugs have been a growing problem in New York City for a while. It's typically apartments and hotels that have gotten hit. As far as I know, A&F is the only retailer that's had this problem. But since it's two separate stores in different parts of town, it seems like the infestation is probably somewhere in its supply chain, right? Either that, or bed bugs have very particular taste in clothes.
The clothes must be coming from the same warehouse or something. At any rate, A&F's gonna have to check other locations now to see how widespread the problem is. They should at least check out the New York City Housing Authority's Stop Bedbugs Safely site.
Anyway, I seriously hope this is not the beginning of a trend. If other apparel retailers starting having this problem ... yikes.