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Abercrombie and Fitch staff in Milan 'punished with press-ups and squats'

London, Thu, 08 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 8 (ANI): Male staff at the Milan outlet of Abercrombie and Fitch were made to do 10 press-ups for each mistake and female employees 10 squat thrusts, the union has revealed.


The policy of dropping to the floor and doing press-ups for punishment is a common experience for cadets at an army boot camp but came as a rude shock for pouting shop assistants at one of Milan's upmarket clothes stores.


According to the union CGIL, which has complained about the policy, male staff at American-owned Abercrombie and Fitch have been forced to do 10 press-ups each time they make a mistake, and female employees must do 10 squat thrusts.


An email sent to staff by a manager and obtained by the union states that the physical punishment will ensure "we will learn more from our mistakes".


One former employee quoted by Corriere della Sera said staff would be ordered to perform the exercises in front of a manager for minor infractions.


"To ensure they have the right look, female staff are told to scrub their makeup off if they wear too much and men are ordered home to shave if they have stubble," the Guardian quoted a union officer, Graziella Carneri as saying. (ANI)


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