Friday, August 29, 2008

Are you Abercrombie & Fitch hot?

The Dallas Morning News had a story this week on the "hierarchy of hotness" at Abercrombie & Fitch stores. Sounds like a fun place to work. From the story:
A weekly "secret shopper" evaluation posted in the back room also focuses on appearance. Employees receive one point for a "yes" to the questions, "Was the person in the women's front room attractive?" and "Was the cashier attractive?"
That's life in our shallow times, where it's just impossible to achieve Abercrombie's "sexy, effortless style" unless you are like, a total hottie.

"There's no real problem to discriminate against 'ugly' people," a lawyer said in the story.

No, it happens all the time in our society. Abercrombie has just made it a part of corporate policy.

"It just seems so superficial and kind of stupid," a former employee said.

I think that pretty well describes the "sexy, effortless style" of Abercrombie. I think it's funny when I walk by the front of the store at the mall and see the bored-looking teenage guy hired to stand there not wearing a shirt. You know, it's all about the clothes.