NEW YORK -- When the unfortunate reality of a lingerie company opened a branch in our neighborhood, most women formed a protest storefront asking Victoria Secret to TONE down their sexually aggressive photos and displays on mannequins. It was noted as not child safe, compared to a porn shop window and highly offensive to the women of a wealthy and largely educated demographic. They lost the battle and were forced to lessen their aggressive visual presentations to the public.
Since then, they have gradually added it all back growing more and more vulgar with larger than life photos of all white women with breast implants and bras that send them to their neck. It's looks like what I describe right now as I look out from a 10th floor window, opposite my building. It is stressful to women who ask their husbands to look away. It's offensive to mothers with young children. This is a company who neither cares or listens to the female public supporting their business.
I went to the Manager and was told she could do nothing and go to the executives. Good luck. That was it. Nothing changed and these vulgar images of women strutting their bras and private parts in our faces 24/7 continues, and is too much. It is disrespectful to women of all ages. We don't want our men, parents or children seeing these standards and these views. It isn't anything but pornographic content.
Since when does a company think it their right of speech to offend women. Not a woman walking by approves and we're forming a boycott and petition to wake up the executives to go back to covered up clothed women in their ads. They can go inside for the undressed versions of their products. But for public display to host see through and all the variations of bras as though it's safe and normal to expose a young woman that way is WRONG.
The business will suffer in this branch when we're through with our boycott. If they don't want to give us what we want (respect) then they will lose our money. We are a decent family oriented neighborhood as all our store window fronts display. Until this vulgar porn industry invaded our street, we could get to our destination without the assault of this in our faces. Please make sure Victoria Secret stop this selling and exploiting of women as body parts and porn dolls.
OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS -- My experience was at the Victoria's Secret at Oak brook mall in Oak brook, IL. My boyfriend had arranged a secret santa shopping spree at that mall for me for my Christmas gift this past Christmas 2010. We entered the store and right away I started shopping I went into the fitting room where I proceeded to wait almost a half hour in line for a room where then the fitting room attendant gave me a card with my name and asked me my bra size in front of everyone which I felt was none of her business if I needed help with my bra size I'm pretty sure I could have gone up and asked her then.
As I was reentering the store the other staff member came running out at me asking me if any of my items had lost a censor? I replied back with I don't know here is my tote go ahead and look she proceeded to go through all of my items and say oh "OK I'm sorry. Thank you." So I went back to my shopping when it came to both me and my boyfriend's attention that all the employees were staring both of us down continuously asking me if I needed any help one right after another. At this point I was extremely upset and decided I was done shopping for that day and headed to check out.
While waiting in line another sales associate came up to me asking if she could remove the censors off my items for me. When I gave her my tote she went through the bag and then handed it back to me and said "Oh you have too many items. They would have to do this at the register." So basically she just took my tote and went through everything I had in there and gave it back. Then when I finally reached the register the associate went through my tote and was again checking all the censors and got on her little microphone and said the "customer on hold."
What were those items? And went through my stuff. Gave me a nasty look and proceeded to ring me up took all my items and threw them in a bag. No tissue paper in the bag or anything and then as we were exiting the store every associate in the store watched me with very hard looks as I left the store.
I am a very frequent shopper at Victoria's Secret and average a bare minimum of $100 a month that I spend in that store every month. I was so humiliated and disgusted with how I was treated in that Victoria's Secret. I will NEVER go to that one ever again. Shopping should be an enjoyable experience where the employees are there to help you make sure of that not degrade and accuse innocent people of trying to steal from a store.
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- Having shopped at VS and VS alone for my bras for 12 to 15 years and never having a problem with a single one, I was quite content with VS. Approximately a year and 1/2 ago, I purchased two bras, shortly thereafter the wires punched through the cloth on both bras. I returned them to the store and was told the size was too small for me, thus the reason for the defect. I was given two more bras to replace them. No problems. One of the two bras, shortly after the return, the two wires popped through again. I returned this bra and walked into the pits of hell.
The assistant manager came out, after being called by the sales associate, and told me flatly that the bra had been machine washed because she could feel the wires bent. I felt of the wires and could not feel any bend, as I do NOT was my bras in the washing machine. I was re-measured and again told I was DD. DD is too large for me as the cup creases.
Anyway, the longer I waited the more furious I became, so I asked to speak to the manager. The assistant manager was standing by her side. I explained to her that I did not wash my bras in the machine, that I had been told two different "reasons" for the wires coming through. The assistant manager interrupted whilst I was speaking to the manager.
Again, she insisted that I had washed them with the most arrogant air of "I am NOT wrong". The manager just looked at me as if I were some alien from space and said, "Well, perhaps this will work for you" and turned to walk away. The sales associate called the manager as I was exchanging the bra about a $5.00 price difference. She told me next time I would have to pay the $5.00, but this time, "they were letting it go". Whatever happened to the "customer is right" attitude. I read once a cute remark that comes to mind.... Whatever happened to all those snobby "witches" from high school, they all went to work at VS. lol. Ain't it so??
I am 62 years old, well educated and a Christian person who tries my utmost to be what I believe. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Never have I been treated with such lack of respect, called a liar and put down in front of others. Never will I grace the door of another Victoria's Secret. This, my friend, happened at Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga, TN. Southern hospitality...... oh where have you gone?
BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS -- I recently had the pleasure of visiting your Bloomington, IL. store. I was assisted by a member of your staff named **. Because of her dedication, I asked her name, and told her I would be complimenting her service in a thank you letter. She made suggestions in the selection of gift items based on her own experiences. She was very professional and knowledgeable of your merchandise. Because of her friendly salesmanship, I purchased more items than I would have otherwise. It was clear that she enjoys working at Victoria's Secret. I would like to say "thank you on a job well done!"
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- Looking for a job at Victoria's Secret? NO you don't. I worked at the Victoria secrets in Philadelphia, PA. In the 5 months I worked as a co-director I was cussed out, forced to find employees on my lunch break, then fire them within 3 days for them not making outrageous sales quotes, this is how Victoria's Secret works. First everyone has a sales quota which is done by 1 hr sections, then daily totals, then weekly totals then monthly totals, then semi-annual, finally annually. If you don't make ALL of the goals you are FIRED!!!
So for you to make your typical sales quota you have to sell 3 bras 1 beige 1 black and 1 white, you must also sell the same customer matching panties, 3 lotions or perfumes, and don't forget the stupid mints at the register. Yes that's right. You have to sell all this to each and every person who enters the store, the store office has you followed by managers to make sure your working sales, the store counts each person who comes in the stores. If you don't sell (force) your customer into buying all this crap you get fired! How do I know, I did it, not because my sales team were not giving 100% it's store policy! Don't take my word alone just search the internet.
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- I own a medium sized business and I asked my wife who does our marketing to buy several hundred small Christmas gifts ($2000) as well as several thousand dollars worth of gift cards from Victoria's Secret this year for our female customers this year. She went to the VS store in the Valley fair Mall in San Jose, CA and they got out all the merchandise. She asked if someone could help her get all the boxes to her car since she is 6 months pregnant and the manager told her no - to carry them herself. She said she couldn't so and she didn't buy them. She then ordered the merchandise online.
The following day they called to say they wouldn't accept the order "because they thought we were going to resell them." Although I called several people at the company, they refused to sell to us. They did say if I sent a letter on my company letterhead (what does that prove?) they "might" let us spend our money at their store. Of course, we returned the gift cards (replaced them with Macy's gift cards) and will never do business with Victoria's Secret again!
I hope more companies start to compete with them, because it wouldn't be hard to succeed competing against a company like this. All the fashion shows in the world can't save this loser of a company! If you own any Limited Brands stock (LTD), dump it!
MONROEVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA -- I just wanted to let all of you consumers out there in the Monroeville, PA area know how horrible the customer service is at Victoria's Secret. A sales associate totally stepped out of line with me. She was utterly the most unprofessional, rude and bold woman I have ever met. She failed to ask me if she could assist me let alone acknowledge me in the store. She opted to flirt with a man for now I timed it 13 minutes and never acknowledged me once. I began trying my bras on completely unassisted, as I exited the dressing room to grab another size from the rack.
I was yelled I mean yelled at like a child. She said that I was in the wrong I have no place taking any bras from the store shelves (well where else would I get them?) Anyway, she also called me and my aunt whom I was also with rude and ignorant. She keep it up and up pursuing what seemed like an argument. She tried to belittle me by saying "if you need help you should have known to ring this buzzer" as if I was a child. She raised her voice and began yelling at me and kept coming closer and closer.
Here I am shocked this happened completely out of the blue there I was innocent just wanting to purchase a few new bras. I'm still shaken up about it. She ruined my shopping experience and the manager on duty did nothing about the incident. No apologizes nothing whatsoever. I'm outraged at the way my aunt and I were treated.
FT MYERS, FLORIDA -- I am a secret shopper and I go to many places and "rate" stores on everything from the way I'm greeted to the conversations I hear in a store to just about anything. I went into this store to actually purchase something for my friend's birthday when I overheard, what I assume to be a manager, belittling an associate! Not only was she reprimanding her for not doing something fast enough, but she was doing it in front of customers. I was mortified! I felt so sorry for the associate. You could clearly tell she wanted to just crawl in a hole. Even other people were just kind of staring in amazement of this stupid woman.
As the evil manager walked away I walked up to the associate and told her that everything is OK, not to worry about it. She said, "I wish it was going to be OK, she's always like that though". I felt awful. I don't understand why jerks are always the ones in charge and no one does anything about it. Is this really how VS runs their huge corporation? VS tries to make the "outside" world think they are this fabulous place when really they are nothing more than another sweatshop of hell for employees. If VS isn't careful they are going to have some serious lawsuits against them!
I think the higher ups and the models should have cameras installed in the stores and they should have to watch how these lower people on the totem poles are treated - maybe then you wouldn't strut your stuff so much thinking VS is the best! In this day and age a couple of complaints and a few phone calls could really bring you down to the level you truly belong!
32773, FLORIDA -- I bought 9 bras from this company and all within a few months. They say to hand wash which is what I did. The bras lining got all messed up and so I brought it into the store when a woman told me that she did and got the problem resolved. I brought it in and by that time, the manager said they were too old. Should $48 bras do this. It is not wearable. It looks like tissues were stuck in my bra. Through my shirt, it looks horrible.
I am not a complainer and didn't realize that stores would take things back after they have been worn so I didn't take it back immediately but so many people told me that they get their merchandise credit or exchange but I guess I don't yell enough. So I have about $450 worth of bras that are useless.
My deployed Air Force husband ordered a robe and slippers from VS for Valentine's Day. Not only did he get me something that I wanted but ordered the items early. I received the robe yesterday and V-Day is tomorrow. The slippers came last week. The robe arrived stained and w/o the special $6 wrapping he requested.
I had to call to get everything straightened out, but we live in Germany which means international fees. After repeating my story 3 times to 3 different people, I was told that they could send me a new robe, in a different color, but I'd pay to ship the old robe. Then she said that I could send the robe back, and send me a $40 dollar gift card, but that doesn't even cover what he paid and I'd still be paying shipping.
Finally, I thanked her and then informed her that my husband would write a letter from Iraq explaining the situation and asked "and to whom should he address?" Now, she's sending me a new robe (different color because they don't have the lilac), paying for shipping of both robes, AND giving me a $20 gift card. I just spent $8 for the call + his $6 in wrapping = $14. So, really they're just giving me $6 to spend on more of their merchandise.