Flip-flops, for some reason, despite not being the most professional shoe, was the brand’s footwear of choice. It had to be worn all year round, regardless of the weather.
It’s hot? great, wear flip-flops. It’s snowing? great, wear flip-flops. I guess they took trying to look cool and natural too far. Wearing flip-flops in the winter is not cool, but super cold.
A Hairy Situation
Usually, employers prefer the neat, tidy look that comes with putting your hair up in a ponytail, but not Abercrombie & Fitch. For them, having your hair up is too plain.
Workers had to come to work with their hair down, and if they didn't, they'd have to find a way to put it down, like washing it in a sink at the mall, which is less than ideal.
A&F or Nothing
Abercrombie & Fitch's dress code has been already discussed here at length, employees had to wear the brand's clothes to work. But what if one day, you came in, god forbid, wearing something that doesn't have an A&F logo on it, you'd be in serious trouble.
You could get fired for not wearing the right clothes, which may be why many workers never managed to actually make money while working there.
An Awkward Introduction
When you work a customer service job, you are sometimes excepted to say or do very awkward things, but it doesn't get more embarrassing than talking about "meeting" perfumes as if they were people.
We'd assume the confused customers would ask who are they, and the workers would have to point at the colognes and look very silly.
When you have to spend all of the money you make in the same store that pays you, you could find yourself resorting to some questionable behaviors in order to try and regain all the money you lost.
How did workers get away with this? It is unclear, and also very illegal, like more illegal than wearing black or going off-script.