Italian Abercrombie & Fitch Reportedly Punishes Staff With Push-Ups


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Abercrombie & Fitch has been relying on buff bods and pretty faces to sell their clothing for years — a strategy that’s echoed by the company’s racy advertisements and controversial “look policy.” And now we know one way management makes sure their staff stays in such great shape!

According to The Daily Telegraph‘s Nick Squires, an email from one of the company’s stores in Milan, which was leaked to Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper, said that the store required male employees to do 10 push-ups, and 10 squats for females, every time he or she made a mistake.  

A former employee told Corriere della Sera, “I had to do a lot of press-ups. That’s how it works there —you take it or leave it,” writes Squires.  

The American-owned company is no stranger to controversy. In 2009, the retail store was sued for allegedly turning down a sales applicant because she wore a headscarf. Stateside, it’s also been billed as one one of the most obnoxious stores in the mall.  

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