35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000s

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sThese Former Employees Share Their A&F Stories

Are you interested in fashion or are you curious about what it’s like to work in a renowned retail store? This article is about one of the most famous clothing brands of the early 2000s. Working at any big-brand shop should be a fun learning experience, but unfortunately, that was not the case for most of the employees of Abercrombie & Fitch. Keep scrolling to find out why

Hey, How’s it Goin?

No matter how cool the manager of this particular A&F shop thought the greeting was, its not all that welcoming. Moreover, to think that people are hired just to model in front of the store and greet customers is pretty ridiculous.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sHey, How’s it Goin?

This poor woman got yelled at just for changing up the horribly dull greeting. We wouldn’t be surprised if she had quit after that experience.

Stay Barefoot or Go Home

We’re starting to wonder whether A&F is a clothing store or a military institution. Never in our life have we heard of a staff member being sent home or forced to work barefoot behind the counter just because he or she didnt wear the right flip-flops.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sStay Barefoot or Go Home

What a nightmare! Who would want a job like that? We sincerely hope the poor guy came to his senses and quit before anything more ridiculous happened.

The Smell of Nausea

Dude, thats just way too much cologne! That place is bound to reek if youre using that much cologne in such a small space. It must be nauseating for any shopper that steps inside. We don’t understand the logic behind having to spray the clothes this often — just a few spritzes per day should be enough.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sThe Smell of Nausea

Some people might find the scent so nauseating that they may never come back to shop there. We can’t believe the managers of A&F give their staff such worthless tasks to do.

Sit There & Look Pretty

This piece of advice is pretty ironic as the main job of a salesperson is to talk to customers rather than just doing nothing. No wonder why the pay is so low — all the employees are getting paid for doing nothing and looking pretty while doing it.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sSit There & Look Pretty

If they’re not allowed to talk to shoppers, whos supposed to help them? This could potentially lead them to lose customers and create a bad image for the company.

Hook-Up Hub

What else can you expect if all you care about is appearances and only hire people based on that? Any kindergartener would know if you have a hub of good-looking people of the opposite or even same genders, hookups are bound to happen.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sHook-Up Hub

This internal relationship could hamper the workplace environment and what’s worse is if people break up, it may also create awkward circumstances.

Unpleasing Sight

These are just extremely unprofessional requests and a violation of people’s privacy, too. The employees are adults too — they should be allowed whatever fit of clothing they want as long as it’s decent and doesnt disrupt the dress code.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sUnpleasing Sight

The requests and demands that these managers made are completely unethical. Showing off the underwear line and hanging the belt like that looks very unprofessional to say the least.

No Facial Hair Allowed

This is a rather reasonable request after a lot of crazy ones, but even so, its wrong. It’s up to the employees to choose how they want to keep their facial hair, because at the end of the day, it’s on their face.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sNo Facial Hair Allowed

This is yet another military-style rule that we just dont understand. Sure — the staff should look presentable but a beard doesnt necessarily take away from that.

No Sales for You

What’s the point of having a job to earn money just so you can spend it on clothes that youre required to wear at work? A&F is so cheap, they dont even let their staff wear sale items on the floor as they want their customers to spend money on full-price items.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sNo Sales for You

This makes no sense as any items sold is profit to them anyway. Lets just hope that u/nathanielj5 quit this job soon after he started

Nail and Piercing Police

Who are they to tell you what nail polishes you can wear and how many piercings you can have? Who do they think they are? They are just a clothing brand. Clothing and hair are somewhat justifiable, but no, they didn’t even let people paint their nails the way they want?

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sNail and Piercing Police

We can’t imagine what harm a few painted nails could do anyway. No wonder they have such a high turnover rate. Who would want to work there?

Natural Look

We don’t know when the definition of a nice “natural look” changed to good looking or attractive. Guess we’ll never know. Theres a reason why the managers avoid using these adjectives to describe the staff but even so, anyone who walks into the store would immediately be able to tell what the ideal A&F look is.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sNatural Look

Even though theres nothing wrong with a natural look or physique, perhaps the brand should consider using all types of people to showcase their clothing.

Clever Employee

The guy only borrowed it, right? If it wasn’t stealing, we guess it wasn’t all that bad, as he did put it back afterward. We mean, how did no one notice this was going on for so long? It’s true, though — why would the poor employee spend half his income on a sweatshirt that isn’t even worth the price?

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sClever Employee

Smart move on his part, we’d say. But then again, from a consumers perspective, would you really want to buy a sweatshirt if you knew it had been worn by an employee during his eight-hour shifts?

No Rainbows

Imagine being constricted to only wearing three or four colors throughout the year. For this employee, there was no freedom even during the holiday season. Wearing black, which is a staple in everybody’s closet, was also out of the question. What did colors ever do to them?

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sNo Rainbows

What makes no sense to us is the fact that youd think the managers would have their employees wear a whole array of colors, cuts, and sizes for the shoppers to see in the hopes that they could envision themselves wearing it. Isnt that the whole point of employees wearing the merchandise that the brand offers?

Scent Obsession

Again, what in the world is with A&F and scents? What is this crazy obsession? Five spritzes every day should last them well enough. Why do they go so overboard? We just wonder how many bottles of perfume and cologne they must go through in a week.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sScent Obsession

It’s as if they spend all their revenue on ordering endless supplies of perfumes and colognes. We may consider this a waste of money, especially because A&F perfumes and colognes are already a staple of the brand. Theres no need to over-advertise it

Scouted Password

Of course, they only want to recruit people that they personally scout because not all the natural applicants are going to have the standard of beauty that the brand sees fit. However, to go to the lengths of keeping a password just for this sake is mind-blowing to us.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sScouted Password

In order for them to regain their popularity and become successful again, this superficial trait of theirs has to go, or else it’s only going to be a long series of disasters for them.

Black Is Illegal

Again with the color discrimination? Where and how in the world is it possible for a color to be illegal to wear? They even went as far as to say that the workers can wear really dark navy blue, as long as it isnt black.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sBlack Is Illegal

While we may never know the reason for these strange rules, were just happy weve never had to experience this kind of thing ourselves. What were left wondering is if A&F even sells black clothing?

Smart Decision

Whos going to continue working for you if you make the entire staff spend almost half their earnings on the clothes you intend to make their uniform? The fact that employees have to buy their own clothes after getting hired is crazy in and of itself.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sSmart Decision

It seems like the employees started getting creative, though. All you have to do is buy a crazy amount of gift cards. Then after a month, you collect your salary and quit. Doesnt seem like the most ethical of choices but to each their own.

“The Look” Is Missing

Thats just cruel. To go to the depths of lying just for the sake of keeping a certain type of look is absolutely bizarre. We would never support or work for such a shallow and superficial brand.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000s“The Look” Is Missing

If all they want are good looking people, they could just stand by it as a brand, so that everyone is fully aware of their intentions. The bigotted manager even made Nancy lie for him.

All Types of Beauty

We salute this woman for never going back to work again. This is the worst form of discrimination as there are all types of beauty in the world. How dare they refuse to let her work because of her natural hair. We thought all they wanted was a natural look.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sAll Types of Beauty

We wonder what it is about her hair that seems so unfit or unnatural to them. This sort of behavior is completely inappropriate and completely unacceptable. In todays world, they should know better, so its really no wonder why the brands popularity has plummeted.

Scouting for Good Looks

This stunt just further proves what weve been saying about A&Fs standards, and some may even find it creepy. Imagine just wandering around the mall looking at people and judging them based on their physical attributes — and after finding a suitable candidate, you offer them a job on the spot.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sScouting for Good Looks

This might offend the person who was given the proposal and create a bad impression of the store. The action, too, is morally wrong, as youre just basing your judgment on superficial qualities.

Six Pack Mannequins

Not only does the Abercrombie and Fitch brand care about the looks of their employees, but of their mannequins as well. Thats right — they even gave these inanimate objects six-packs.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sSix Pack Mannequins

Were not even pulling your leg. If you strip the mannequins off their clothing, you’ll find a six-pack on every single one of them. Let that be your motivation for joining the gym, friends.

Shoplifting Paranoia

See, this is what happens when you base your evaluation on looks rather than qualities or morals. The managers are left feeling insecure about having their products stolen. However, under no circumstances is it alright to check your staff’s bags without solid reasons for suspicion, that too during their break.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sShoplifting Paranoia

This is extremely humiliating and disrespectful to the employees. The fact that they also have minorities primarily working in the backroom just because English isnt their first language is completely cruel.

Cast-of-Tracker

This has to be one of the strangest and most bias ways to treat your staff. To make a decision as to whether or not your employee deserves a promotion solely based on their looks is absolutely appalling. It’s wrong and unethical.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sCast-of-Tracker

Why would an employee need to look a certain way in order for them to perform their job as expected? And why hide away other staff members because you dont think they represent the A&F brand?

The Look Policy

What is with A&Fs obsession with appearance? Can you imagine always having to think about what youre wearing or how you look? Its just a store, not the Oval Office!

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sThe Look Policy

If theyre so concerned about what their staff wears, they could just supply them with clothes, but no, they’ll just put up a dress code as if the workers are high schoolers. They also care about makeup, hair, and even nails.

Not Cute Enough

This is just unacceptable! How cruel is this brand? How dare they just fire a girl just because she didnt fit the standard of beauty that they deem fit? Moreover, they did so in front of a crowd, so imagine how humiliated and hurt she must have felt.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sNot Cute Enough

Its hard to support, shop at, or work for a brand like this after hearing all the awful confessions. Everyone deserves a fair chance!

Body Shaming

This takes body shaming to the next level. It’s crazy to us that this brand thinks they have a say in whats considered beautiful and what isnt. First off, everyone is beautiful in their own way and they shouldnt be made to feel otherwise. Second, A&F should probably start accepting and hiring people based on their character and work ethic.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sBody Shaming

This brand and its managers obviously have a few things to catch up on. After all, its 2021, people.

Lucky Employee

A&Fs treatment of their employees is likely what causes their high turnover rate. Not only do they pay significantly less, but they also judge their employees based on their appearances. However, some staff members who manage to keep the job long-term may get more leverage.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sLucky Employee

This young man was one of the lucky ones. A lot of people even confused him for being a manager. Mustve been fun for him.

Sandals Are Mandatory

Youd think that a big brand would care more about their employees comfort over their appearance. Why put your staff through such agony? Theres really no need to require flat sandals when there are so many other options — plus, that cant be healthy for people who have to constantly be on their feet during their shifts.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sSandals Are Mandatory

On top of that, only extremely tight pants and jeggings are allowed, which can actually cause harm to the employees’ health. Wake up, A&F!

The Large Is a Medium or Small

In this day and age, it’s absolutely essential for a brand to be size-inclusive in order to survive. However, at Abercrombie, they dont believe in inclusivity — their sizes only go up to large, and even that size usually runs very small.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sThe Large Is a Medium or Small

They only believe in serving extremely petite people. At the end of the day, we can only hope that this brand notices just how unsatisfied customers are and how embarrassed staff members feel.

No Shirts Please

They even torture the poor models. It’s a common sight if you ever happen to walk by an Abercrombie outlet — youre bound to see a shirtless man standing in front of the store. We fail to see how this helps the brand find a suitable model because as far as we know, these people are hired to display the clothes, not their abs.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sNo Shirts Please

If shirtless pictures are necessary, the manager could just request that the model(s) bring their own photos, rather than asking them to take their shirt off for photos right then and there.

Star Jeans

Its not as if people walk around with a stopwatch on them at all times, so the fact that you have to walk up to a shopper within 15 seconds of them walking into the store is giving us anxiety.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sStar Jeans

As if it isnt bad enough just to say “Hey. Hows it going,” the manager came up with an even weirder tagline/sales pitch — which includes asking the customer if they have ever tried the jeans before claiming that theyll look like a star if they decide to throw a pair on. Cheesy. Strange. Just, no.

Ladders to Get Jeans

We dont get the logic behind this, do you? Why would they keep the normal-sized jeans up so high? It would be extremely uncomfortable and inefficient if a customer walked in and asked for a pair of jeans in a size that any short employee would have to use a ladder to get.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sLadders to Get Jeans

What an inconvenience! We dont understand — are they afraid of theft or do they just love to torture their staff?

Damaged Eardrums

Were confused about these stores and their managers. Does anyone who gets appointed as the store manager of this brand just lose sight of normalcy? These poor employees and their ears

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sDamaged Eardrums

How do they even manage to hear each other or even the customers over that loud music anyway?

Smelling Like a Guy

This store has an undeniably crazy obsession with scents. How else would an employee start smelling like the store just because they work there for six hours a day? Imagine what this poor staff member has to go through just to get rid of that horrendously overpowering smell.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sSmelling Like a Guy

Although it probably isnt all that bad for male employees, to be a woman but to smell like a man must be a total nuisance.

No Brains, Only Beauty

The thought of these managers spending so much of their efforts and money only to recruit a certain type of person, even if they arent the brightest — well, it just absolutely blows our minds. Why go through so much trouble just to have inefficient workers?

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sNo Brains, Only Beauty

We guess thats what happens when you give all your attention to attractive individuals over intelligent ones.

Flirty Customers

Well, we guess this is the result of hiring primarily attractive (according to A&F standards) individuals — the only people who come into the store are a bunch of creeps that are simply interested in your staff and not your actual products. Come to think of it, the employees probably even distract customers who actually come for the products.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sFlirty Customers

And while it’s nice to feel wanted and beautiful, it probably feels downright strange if its at your place of work. Still, its really sweet that this poster posed for a picture with a kid admirer.

Interview Instructions

These tips will probably land you a position to work at your favorite retail store but let us warn you, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies when you start working there. The real secret to getting a job there is to be good looking — and only after that does everything else come in.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sInterview Instructions

If you maintain the dress code and keep your makeup natural, you should be good to go. Answer the straightforward questions with a positive and friendly tone. Then, youre bound to be in!

Useless Protest

After learning about just how cruel this brand can be, and how they treat their employees, we would also protest against A&F. But, stealing isnt a great way to make a statement.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sUseless Protest

Stealing makes you a thief no matter how much it helps the needy and poor. If you want to protest the brand so badly, then go on a strike with your fellow co-workers!

No A&B, No Abs

Imagine the willpower this person had in order to work at Abercrombie. They actually lost weight to work there. However, the person must have been very disappointed after seeing what it was actually to work there, and thus lost all motivation.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sNo A&B, No Abs

And we can understand why. We just hope that this poster found their happiness somewhere else. Remember, people — you are beautiful no matter what size or shape you are!

Dark Humor

A little dark confession, we must say. Working at any retail is fun, as you get all sorts of people constantly coming in and out. Sometimes, even though it may mean, some employees end up having fun with the customers in their own dark-humored way.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sDark Humor

This particular poster would suggest the uglier item when customers asked her an either-or question. The managers really shouldve been a little more aware of this little game

A Waste of Time

As Abercrombie has a high turnover rate, they end up giving all the hours to certain employees while leaving others on call. Its no wonder why this poster felt like they were wasting their time.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sA Waste of Time

We would suggest that they take a job at any other store where their time is valued, so they dont have to wait around for a call indicating that may or may not be working today.

Hospitalized for Scents

Imagine having to be hospitalized just because of the scent of a store. Well, that became a reality for this poor employee, when they had to be hospitalized due to an allergic reaction caused by the perfumes used at Abercrombie.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sHospitalized for Scents

Now, imagine what it would have been like if this happened to a customer. That would have caused quite the impression, which is why A&F should perhaps work on their obsession towards colognes and perfumes.

Good Money, Bad Experience

Its pretty surprising that someone who worked for Abercrombie isnt actually complaining about the pay but was rather sort of content with it. They must have had a lot of patience, as it sounds like they didnt work around the nicest people.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sGood Money, Bad Experience

They only care about the appearances of people and critique them on the basis of it. The managers dont seem to be much better.

Stupid Customers

There should be a manual on how to deal with immature and irrational customers. We mean, the store is literally called Abercrombie & Fitch — not American Eagle.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sStupid Customers

So, why did this particular customer assume that he could simply return his A&E t-shirt to an A&F store? Fine. When written with initials, the two stores do seem quite similar but we assume that people have more common sense!

Love for Food Court

Again, quite a surprising statement as everyone else always complains about A&Fs low wage. Still, why would someone work somewhere that they hate so very much? Well, we guess the food court was worth it.

35+ Eye-Opening Stories From People Who Worked at Abercrombie Fitch in the Early 2000sLove for Food Court

We too would be sold on working somewhere if the place was right next to the food court. It would make a heavy dent in our wallet, though. So, lets hope it wasnt the case for this guy.

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