Abercrombie & Fitch ordering surly staff to do press-ups
Abercrombie & Fitch are an odd bunch of retailers. There was the time they discriminated against non-white staff, the time they told a member of staff with a prosthetic arm to work away from the shop floor and the time they told a woman that she couldn’t accompany her autistic sister into the changing room at one of their stores (all covered here). Then there was the time they got the hump with Jersey Shore’s Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino for wearing their, erm, jerseys on the show – we kind of agreed with that one.
They’re back in the news again, after a new set of guidelines was introduced in their Milan stores, with male staff who fail to follow orders or greet customers with enough enthusiasm being ordered to hit the floor and do ten press-ups. Female staff members are made to do ten squat thrusts instead. Sexist claptrap.
A leaked company email tried to justify the new regime to staff, saying: “This will bring about a great result - we will learn from our mistakes.” Probably too late if you ask us…