Like many moms, Macrida Patterson's mother may have warned her when she was growing up about all the things that had to be handled carefully because "it could put your eye out."
Maybe she should have added thongs to that list.
Patterson is the 52-year-old Los Angeles traffic cop who's made news by suing Victoria's Secret for an eye injury she said she suffered because of what she alleges to be a defective thong. The offending garment is a blue bit of fabric with a rhinestone heart forming part of the waistband, connected to the fabric by metal links.
"I was putting on my underwear from Victoria's Secret, and the metal popped into my eye," Patterson told TODAY's Meredith Vieira Thursday from Los Angeles. "It happened really quickly. I was in excruciating pain. I screamed. That's what happened."