Abercrombie & Fitch Forces Its Employees to Play Its Childish Games, Too

Abercrombie & Fitch Forces Its Employees to Play Its Childish Games, Too

Working retail sucks. There's no way to disguise the truth that the majority of people slinging you clothes despise their place of work on a regular basis. There are places who offer you cool discounts that make the habitual T-shirt folding a little better. But if you work for a company like Abercrombie & Fitch, things are even worse.

Every retail worker aspires to: 1. Get the hell out, or 2. Work their way up to corporate and escape the mindless fuckery that is a mall store. But it looks like Abercrombie & Fitch has brought its cologne-bombing distastefulness to those who work in the brand's offices. A&F not only makes its more-than-likely teenage employees dress ridiculous, but extends the strict dress code to the higher-up professionals, too. The brand refuses to make women's clothing above a size 10 and forces its corporate employees to either squeeze into the brand's largest women's size, or be forced to wear men's clothing to work. Kjerstin Guys, a former A&F outerwear merchant now writing for Salon, recalls:

"I squeezed myself into the second-largest A&F women’s size available — an 8 — and dieted to stay that size...It terrified me to know that if I gained weight and sized out of their women’s clothes, I’d have to wear ill-fitting men’s T-shirts and sweatshirts to work every day, as I’d seen other 'large' women do.”

Sweet, so you hire qualified, bachelor-degreed employees, and demean them like it's high school all over again. We guess that the illusion of becoming an adult and getting to make grown-up decisions (like dressing yourself in the morning), is all a fleeting pipe dream. That is, if you work for Abercrombie & Fitch.

[via The Cut]

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