DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA -- I do not usually complain of poor shopping experiences, but today's experience at your store in NC was out of the ordinary. My daughter and I were looking at a red Alice shirt, which was hanging solo amongst a group of Alice shirts in other colors. I assumed it was the last shirt in that color and took it down for my daughter to try on. Two sales associates were standing nearby, chatting, and though they saw me take the shirt down, said nothing.
We waited for a fitting room to open. There were only four and all were occupied. Eventually we decided to come back later. I stood in line at the cash register and when my turn came, asked the sales associate to hold the shirt until we could come back in an hour. She had no problem with this and took the shirt.
An hour or so later we returned. The store was emptier and we proceeded directly to the register. A different sales associate, who we will refer to as **, was behind the register. I asked her about the shirt. She responded impatiently that "We don't hold items". I repeated that a sales associate had taken the shirt to hold. She looked below the register and immediately found the shirt. She then mumbled something about it being damaged and without further explanation disappeared through what I took to be the stockroom door.
I was surprised that the previous sales associate would have taken a damaged item to hold, especially if there was a policy against holds, and I was taken aback by **'s brusque manner and by her disappearing without any further communication.
** then returned from the stockroom and announced that she couldn't sell me the shirt because it was a damaged display item. I asked why the store would have a shirt out that it couldn't sell. She said that the shirt was only for display. I told her that I had worked in retail for years and that it was ridiculous to have a shirt out without any stock to back it up. She responded "Why are you yelling at me? Don't take your anger out on me!" I did not feel I had been yelling at her. I was frustrated and had been trying to be heard over the loud music. I told her as much.
She said "I'll let you speak to a manager." I said okay. She said "You don't have to be like that. What is your problem?" I said "Just get your manager." She continued to berate me about taking my anger out on her. In frustration I finally told her "Grow up and get your manager."
The manager who came out was calm, cool and collected as one would expect a manager to be. As I attempted to speak with him, ** stood next to us. I looked at her and said "I would like to have a private conversation," at which point the manager sent her away.
The manager explained to me that the store could not sell the shirt to me because it was for display purposes, and that chemicals had been sprayed on the garment that made it unsellable. This at least made some sense, but what doesn't make sense is that I should have to take 30 to 45 minutes out of my day, only to find out what the first sales associates should have been able to tell me immediately, and then be berated for expressing my frustration to someone who did not seem in the least concerned about my satisfaction as a customer.
Of all the places we shopped today, Abercrombie was far and away the least courteous and least helpful, not to mention simply rude. This sort of experience is not easily forgotten. I expect to be telling friends and family about it for quite some time. My daughter had lived and breathed Abercrombie and had had her heart set on that particular shirt. After witnessing what happened today, she no longer has any interest in Abercrombie products.
In future, you may want to mark your display items more clearly and advise your sales associates to watch out for people taking them down. Be sure everyone is clear as to whether your policy is or is not to allow items to be held. If it is not, clearly advertise that fact. Finally, you should advise your associates, particularly **, in basic customer courtesy. Even if I had been angry towards her, there was no call for such a confrontational response. The store manager set a good example of how to interact with a customer. Unfortunately, his staff did not.
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA -- Last night (August 23rd) at around 9pm we were in the Valley Fair Branch of Abercrombie & Fitch in San Jose California # 10402 buying some school clothes for my daughter. IN our collection we had a pair of jeans, pair of shorts and a tank top.
I arrived at counter with items mentioned above. I laid them on high counter and the girl at counter took clothing items and laid them on lower counter. She then gave me the amount which I knew was not enough money. So I asked her if she rang in all the items. She rolled her eyes at me and said YEA. At this time I noted that the shorts were not on the back counter where the security tags are removed and still next to register. I then stated those shorts - she picked them up in huff and rang them up giving me new total with an attitude.
My 16 year old daughter was with me and I asked her to go to Hollister as I did not need her picking up attitude from a rude employee and asked for manager. She did not get manager and proceeded to take my credit card telling me machine in front did not work. She ran the card no less than 20 times back and forth, back and forth. I asked her if she wanted me to try the one on my side and she handed card back and it rang through and worked which was really the worst thing that could have happened as now she was REALLY angry. She proceeded to bag my items and "shift" manager was there by this time and I asked her if this behavior was OK with her?
I then noticed when she handed me the bag on to the HIGH counter that the shorts were still on counter. I asked for shorts and the girl did something unbelievable. She did not, as most staff is instructed, bring the bag back down and finish packing order. Instead she grabbed the shorts as if they were dirty laundry and JAMMED them into bag that was sitting on counter in front of shift manager. I looked at shift manager who was unprepared and did not even know what to say. On the way out she said "Sometimes people have a bad day"???
After discussing it with my husband I will be returning all items today and sharing my experience. In this economy customer service is key, and your company is not supplying this basic ingredient. I called store and was told I was speaking with store manager who said he had heard some of the story and that the shift manager did not tell him that the shorts were crammed into bag while it was in front of my face. I asked him to ask shift manager of this. He said it was my word against hers and if it had happened "the way" I described he was sorry about that but I was after all rude.
Yes after all was said and done and my bought items were crammed in a wad into a bag I was upset - who would not be. I was as upset that the shift manager allowed the girl to laugh about matter and tell her she would take care of me... Last shopping experience at your store and next stop is YELP and other like places so people can see your company is not interested in treating customers fairly. I am a business owner and if any of my employees spoke or treated a client that way, there would be serious retraining or reconsideration on whether that person fit the mold for my company!
WHITEPLAINS, NEW YORK -- As a concerned resident of (Yonkers, NY), I am writing about a problem of racial profiling. That occurred on December 11, 2010 at 6pm. While I was leaving your store Abercrombie & Fitch, at the Westchester mall store # 10527 one of your security officers stopped my husband & myself based solely on according to your store manager was suspicious activity.
First off he said it was store policy before anyone leaves the store. Funny thing, as he attempted to GRAB the bag from my husband's hand he asked did we have a receipt for the items we had. I asked him what the hell did he think was in my hand? All awhile a customer was walking right out the store; he did not ASK THAT CUSTOMER TO STOP!! BUT IT'S STORE POLICY??!!?? We had other bags as it is Christmas and that was not our first store. He then asked to see what was inside our other bag - as reluctant as my husband was he opened that bag as well.
Meanwhile a scene was being formed outside the store you not UNDERSTAND the embarrassment we went through? We then left dumfounded as to what happened. We went back to Abercrombie & Fitch and watched on the opposite side of the mall. NOT ONE CUSTOMER was stopped WHEN THEY LEFT THE STORE. As frustrated I became I went back to speak to the guard to ask him if it's STORE POLICY WHY DIDN'T HE STOP ANYONE ELSE. Again your store manager stated that we beeped when we left the store... I said "You are joking right?" I asked how is that possible when there are no alarm sensors at the doors.
At that moment she changed her story again and told me that one of the employees suspected suspicious activity. I said could it have been when we were waiting online for 20 minutes SPENDING $175.00 because there was only one cashier as busy as that store was? She smirked & laughed and said "LIKE I SAID ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES SUSPECTED SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY."
At this point again another scene. I then asked her for the district manager's name & information. She refused to give me the information. I said fine so I asked did the security guard work his identification and did he work for Abercrombie & Fitch or the mall? She said that "we worked for the mall." I again left because there was no answers or cooperation and truly pointless.
Since she told me the guard worked for the mall I thought let me go make a report on the guard. Again she made me like a complete idiot after waiting for a security supervisor for the mall - we came to find out that he didn't work for the mall. He worked for Abercrombie & Fitch through a different company.
The mall supervisor security guard told me to go into the other Abercrombie & Fitch and get the information I needed because clearly I couldn't get it from the original store. As aggravated as I was the store manager at that store clearly seen I was so upset & frustrated that she asked was there anything she could have done...
I told her as appreciated as I was for her offering to help there was nothing she can do. I also told her that if my daughter didn't want the coat that I bought her I would have returned it immediately without hesitation. But just know I WOULD NEVER SPEND ANOTHER PENNY IN THAT STORE EVER. After telling my daughter what happen she urged me to return the coat... Please forward my thanks again over to her.
This violated our civil rights. For unreasonable search and seizure There can't be an explanation that can justify why they both did Without probable cause. Needless to say neither one of that had a reason. This was based on hearsay, which was unfounded information - not even an apology was given! I urge you to take action now to address this problem. And unfortunately this is not THE LAST of this. I WILL be seeking legal actions!
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA -- I was shopping with my younger sister in the Valley Fair Mall on Monday July 5, 2010. We were shopping for jeans for her and had gone into several stores to try on jeans including their sister store 'Hollister'. My mother and youngest sister were in the Abercrombie (store for kids) next door while we went into the Abercrombie and Fitch.
We had found some jeans for my sister to try on and set them aside while we went to get our mom so we could show her the jeans. My youngest sister was in the fitting room trying on some shirts and we all went into the fitting room with her to wait (since there were no chairs). My mom made a purchase of three tops for our youngest sister and we went back to Abercrombie and Fitch to try on the jeans for my other sister. My sister and I waited in the long line to try the one pair of jeans on.
When it was finally our turn we proceeded to go into the room and the girl who was running the fitting rooms told us only one person could enter the room. I had been going into the fitting rooms all day with my sister to help her try clothes on (as sometimes she gets confused about what is going on) including Hollister (sister store). I politely asked the girl if I could please just sit in the room with her while she tried on the pants. She told me that I couldn't.
At first I thought it may be a loss prevention policy, but my sister nor I had any bags, purses, or coats that we could conceal merchandise in and we were only taking in one item. I told her it would probably be OK with the manager. At that point the girl went to call him.
In the time that she was gone I was able to help my sister with trying on her pants on and we were already leaving the fitting room by the time the manager came. He asked "Do you want to talk to me?" I said that I was just wondering why they had such a policy in effect and it was ridiculous. He said "that's just our policy" and I continually asked him why, and he kept saying "because it is" with no clear reasoning.
I pointed out that a customer may have a disability and need assistance when trying on clothes. He said in that case they would make an exception, but it needs to be stated. I told him that not everyone wants to clearly state their disability, and in some cases (especially teens) it may be quite embarrassing to have to explain to a stranger why they would need help. The entire time he was speaking to me with his hands folded across his chest and in a very condescending tone.
When I asked for his district managers name and phone number he said he could not give that information to me. I am a retail manager myself and work for a very reputable company that believes the customer comes first. I was appalled by his actions and lack of compassion for the situation. I do not believe that it was a company policy (since he had no explanation, and we did the same thing in both of their sister stores that same day).
By the time we left the store my younger sister was in tears and said she never wanted to go back to that store again. She felt embarrassed and felt the manager was not sympathetic to her needs. This store or staff was very unfriendly, and clearly do not care about their customers or the potential lawsuits that could come out of a situation like this one. I have emailed the company and have yet to get a response. Please do not shop there if you feel you have been treated this way by any of their employees. This needs to stop and the only way will be if customers stop shopping in these stores. They will be forced to change their ways to maintain business.
LANGHORNE, PENNSYLVANIA -- My husband, son, and I visited the A&F store in Langhorne, PA today (Oxford Valley Mall). My son had received some A&F gift cards for his recent birthday, and was excited about shopping for some new clothes. We spent just about all of his gift card money - spending in excess of $300 - at the store today, for purchases including a sweatshirt, several long and short-sleeved shirts, and a $40 bottle of Colden cologne. When we arrived home and my son went through the shopping bag, we discovered that the cologne had not been placed in the bag with his other items.
After looking up the telephone number on the web (the sales receipt has a store location number, but no telephone number??), my husband called the store to tell them about the error. We did not want to have to make the trip back to the mall because of an error on the sales associate's part, and my husband asked the person to whom he was speaking if they would please (and yes, he used that word) ship us the cologne... which they did. In fact, find at the counter, and admitted should have been placed in our bag.
The person on the telephone said that they "are not able to send anything out of the store". When my husband asked to speak with a store manager, the person to whom he was speaking said that 'she' is the store manager. My husband then asked for the name and contact info for a regional manager. The A&F person told us that they cannot give that telephone number to customers, and directed us to go to the website to put in a complaint.
We did locate a phone number on the web that was described as an A&F customer service number, but when my husband called that number, he was told that there is no longer a telephone option for A&F customer service. Again, he was instructed to use the "customer service" option on A&F's website.
All we want is to speak with an actual living, breathing person, in "real time", who has some authority. We don't think that asking A&F to ship the cologne to us (and foot the bill for the shipping) is asking too much, considering that the error made was on the part of the store personnel. We have been polite and respectful, and we are well-educated (to respond to a couple of the comments on this site made by A&F employees that denigrate A&F customers, painting a majority of A&F customers as rude and self-entitled)... but we do think that good customer service is not too much to ask for.
I don't want to send an email out into the black hole of cyber-space, particularly since I suspect that - based on many comments here - I'll never receive anything but a canned response. Besides, I just checked the A&F website, and there is NO specific link to a customer service portal. The closest I could find was a link to "contact us", with only 500 characters permitted and only a small handful of "subjects"... that DON'T EVEN INCLUDE CUSTOMER SERVICE! (Sorry to yell - I just find that unbelievable!!)
I understand that A&F may have needed to trim some costs in today's economy, but perhaps trimming them from the customer service arena was not the best idea. I guess we'll wind up having to schlep back to the mall. I hope they don't give us a hard time when we go to pick up our cologne that we've been assured is "behind the counter." We have our receipt, but who knows? Given the prices that they charge for the clothes there, and the way their customer service policies seem to be (de-) evolving (this site has been an eye-opener), I'm not sure how quickly we'll be returning to A&F.
NEW ALBANY, OHIO -- I purchased a dress and some other items from Abercrombie Kids' website. After returning to the website to verify the dress color that I had ordered, I noticed that the dress went on sale. I immediately checked my receipt for the confirmed price, and toll-free customer service number (there isn't one). The company prefers that all correspondence go through e-mail. So, I e-mailed that I would like a price adjustment for the dress (plus two other items that had been purchased at full price and also had been marked down) that had been ordered and not even left the warehouse.
The correspondence I received back was "Since you've already had the opportunity to take advantage of our clearance section [there were 4 other sale items in my order] and purchase your merchandise at a marked down price, we're unable to provide any further discounts. As stated on our website, 'we only offer price adjustments for merchandise purchased at the original price." The item in question is: 289004360 purchased for $59.50. All full-priced items end in. 50 and all sale items end in. 90. I assumed that this was an oversight on ** part, and wrote back that the items in question were purchased at the full price.
There was no response. I attempted to further my e-mail correspondence to get my point clearly across, but they did not respond. Thus, I contacted the Customer Service Department via telephone. This is when I was told that because the dress was no longer available on-line that they were under no obligation to give me a price adjustment for anything in order ** (again, there were two other items on this order number still available on the website that had since been reduced).
**, the telephone representative would not let me speak to her supervisor to resolve this issue. The Customer Service Representative was not interested in investigating when I had originally e-mailed Abercrombie, nor was she interested in righting an injustice (which at this point I was assuming was an honest mistake). I had to call back and get another representative to give me the adjustment to the other two items (items to which I was entitled an adjustment -- and I still haven't received my items).
I am now accusing Abercrombie & Fitch of Bait and Switch. The customer service representatives (whether out of lack of training and faulty corporate communication -- or purposeful negligence) delayed any appropriate action on my original request until the item became unavailable and foreclosed on their policy of a fair 14 day policy/or if it is still available on the website price adjustment policy.
In all good faith attempts at communication (e-mail and telephone correspondence) the customer service representative inaction not only ignored my rights (the dress was available on the website through my first 3 e-mail attempts at communication), the corporation purposely designed the customer service system so that the contact information that would resolve the customer service issues in a timely manner isn't the most available information. Further, they prolong e-mail correspondence so that items become unavailable, and hence ineligible for a price adjustment stated in their corporate policy. This is a classic bait and switch tactic and illegal.
BEAVERCREEK, OHIO -- I visited this Abercrombie store in order to exchange an outfit that my daughter received for her birthday. The outfit was too small, and I requested a larger size. When I was told by the manager that because of the holidays they were not accepting returns or exchanges, he then offered me a card with the store's corporate number on it and said I could take the matter up with them. I left the store and called the corporate office who told me that I could in fact return merchandise without a receipt and I should either get a different size or merchandise credit. So, I went back to the store and shared this information with the manager.
He told me that the store I was in was his store and he did not have to accept any return if he did not want to. I responded by saying that since the store is Abercrombie, should they not follow the corporate policy? He then told me that the reason he wouldn't do the return was because the type of tag on the jeans means they cannot be sold. Confused, I asked why he did not just say that in the first place. His whole demeanor changed, he then started yelling, saying that he does not have to do or say anything, that he runs the store, his employees have his back and that if I did not like it I could leave.
He began to violently bang on the counter and repeat "this is my store". I was furious, and started to walk away, but decided to go back and ask him his name so that I could file a complaint. He at first wouldn't give it to me, saying again that he doesn't have to do anything. After I insisted, he wrote his name "Andre **" on the back of a register receipt (which ironically has the return policy on the back) and told me that I could call and do whatever I wanted, that nothing was going to happen to him. He, while yelling very loud and aggressively, told me to go ahead and call corporate, the district manager, etc,
His exact words were "ain't nothing going to happen to me, I run this store, I have a four year degree, go ahead call whoever you want, ain't nothing going to happen to me, get out of my store!". I was astonished and just walked away. I saw another lady in the store and asked her if she saw what happened and got her contact information. I also asked one of the other employees for their name on the way out and he said his name was Gary **, but also said that he had his manager's back, and that he didn't see or hear anything.
I called corporate and they took my complaint (#**) but told me that they cannot guarantee that anything will be done, and cannot share any information with me about what does or doesn't happen. I was verbally assaulted by the manager of this store, and need to make sure his terrible actions aren't ignored.
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS -- Let me preface this by saying I almost never complain and something has to be truly offensive in nature for me to want to speak out. I shopped this week with my eight year old son at the Abercrombie and Fitch store in The Woodlands Mall located in The Woodlands, TX. I am writing this because the cologne smell in the store was so horrifically overpowering and sickening that I was worried I would have an asthma attack on the spot.
When I walked into the store, there was a young lady at the door, and when I told her that I thought the odor was offensive, she went to get her spray bottle and started to spray more cologne on the clothing all around me. Had I not had to buy a gift, I would have exited the store immediately, and when I finally completed my transaction and did exit, both mine and my son's eyes were burning. My son's nose was also red.
I placed the bag in my backseat and actually had to pull over on the drive home at a gas station to use my inhaler and also to place the bag in the trunk. Why do they do this? What in the world is this outrageous store policy. The employees can come down with cancers later in life from strong smells. Also, not everyone likes this scent... My nephew, who was the recipient of the gifts I bought that day had to wash the clothing twice before he could wear them.
I don't understand this policy. Maybe if others who feel the same would share their experiences, someone in corporate will listen. Needless to say, I will never step foot in that store again, and I may possibly never again buy the brand as well.
I have been a customer of A&F Co. since I used to live in the United States back in 1993. Moving back to Europe in 1998, I kept indulging myself to your casual luxury. Gradually, my interest expanded to all the brands of your company, including the infamous Ruehl. Being extremely upset, especially after learning many people share my feelings via forums and internet blogs, I quote the following excerpt: [Ruehl Initiated Order Cancellation: Although it is rare that it would be necessary for Ruehl to cancel an order...].
Concerning the above, I would like to inform you that Ruehl is highly motivated when it comes to cancelling orders of unsuspected clients. Mass order cancellations have occurred the past few months without the slightest notification. Not to mention that Ruehl_Orderservice@Ruehl.com never replied to my related enquiry. Regarding the use of credit card, since all my orders have been unreasonably cancelled by your company, I was infuriated to find out that "authorization holds" remained in my account for 15 days for each order, whereas you define 3 to five business days!!
Since I work in the bank sector, I know what that means... Ruehl policies concerning fraud are well respected. However, it seems that Ruehl manipulates those policies in an attempt to size down the online orders and considers that all customers are suspects or potential criminals.
22nd century management and marketing rules don't comply with that. If the company wishes to restrict the shipping policies, maybe you should consider excluding overseas orders once and for all. Otherwise, reinventing your company as "Rude" might give you the competitive "edge" in a market that values concept. Be sure that your current "marketing" concept and customer treatment are forming a negative public image.
Abercrombie, a brand loved by all teens, old and young, is racist. There are many better clothing stores than Abercrombie, with better style. In 2002, Abercrombie & Fitch sold a shirt that featured the slogan "Wong Brothers Laundry Service - Two Wongs Can Make It White" with smiling figures in conical straw hats, a depiction of early Chinese immigrants.
The company discontinued the designs and apologized after a boycott started by an Asian American student group at Stanford University. That same year, Abercrombie Kids removed a line of thong underwear sold for girls in pre-teen children's sizes after parents mounted nationwide storefront protests. The underwear included phrases like "Eye Candy" and "Wink Wink" printed on the front.
More t-shirt controversies occurred twice in 2004. The first incident involved a shirt featuring the phrase, "It's All Relative in West Virginia", a jab at alleged incest relations in rural America. West Virginia governor Bob Wise spoke out against the company for depicting "an unfounded, negative stereotype of West Virginia", but the shirts were not removed. Later, another t-shirt that said "L is for Loser" next to a picture of a male gymnast on the rings gathered publicity. The company stopped selling the shirt in October 2004 after USA Gymnastics president Bob Colarossi announced a boycott of Abercrombie & Fitch for mocking the sport.
In 2005, the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania launched a "girlcott" of the store for selling T-shirts that read, "Who needs brains when you have these?", "Available for parties", and "I had a nightmare I was a brunette." The campaign received national coverage on The Today Show, and the company pulled the shirts from stores on November 5, 2005.
Bob Jones University and its affiliated pre-collegiate schools along with other Christian schools have prohibited Abercrombie & Fitch clothing from being "worn, carried, or displayed" on its campuses because of "an unusual degree of antagonism to the name of Christ and an unusual display of wickedness" in the company's promotions. After Abercrombie & Fitch raised its price points in 2004, its products have been described as overpriced.
After the company opened its flagship in London, the brand was criticized in the UK because the merchandise that was offered to the customers cost double (or even a direct $/£ swap) the prices found in the United States. Who wants to wear Abercrombie when you can wear things that do not promote sex, violence, or racism!?