Confessions: Employee Spills Victoria's Secrets

victorias secretIn my twenties, just out of college and living in a new state, the first job I could get was a part-time gig at Victoria's Secret. When I told the men I met where I worked you could see the wheels turning in their heads. They were no doubt envisioning a sales floor littered with scantily clad supermodels engaged in endless pillow fights while I, in a negligee, politely rang up purchases.

It was by no means like that. In truth, it was a lot like any other retail job, but with more potential for things to get weird.

On a typical day I spent a lot of time restocking merchandise, straightening dressing rooms and helping customers. I could complain about all the people who left dressing rooms littered with clothes (or a dirty diaper in one instance!), or the rude returners who would accept nothing but cash back even though they paid with a credit card. But those things could happen at the Gap or Abercrombie. The one thing that clerks in those stores don't have to deal with is men shopping for lingerie, the part of my job that led to most of my best stories.

Men hate shopping, period. The only thing they hate more than shopping is shopping for a woman. And the only thing they hate more than that is trying to buy lingerie for her. Every Valentine's Day the store would fill with men engaged in clueless, tortured browsing for the item that would be sexy enough for them without inspiring looks of embarrassment or horror from their mate.

I became the unofficial go-to gal for these flummoxed souls because I could ask with a straight face, "is she more or less than a handful?" Speaking their own "man-guage" put them at ease, resulting in big sales and few returns.

While the men were mostly entertaining, the women could be downright scary. One day a woman in her mid-50s came in looking for a new bra. I offered her a free bra fitting and she measured a 36B. She protested, claiming she had always been a D. I sent her to the dressing room with a variety of styles in 36B. A short time later, I knocked on her door and asked if everything was OK. Much to my horror, she opened the door while in the process of stuffing two cups of rice in a nylon knee-high into her bra, all the while saying, "I told you I was a D..." I quickly left and had another associate bring her some Ds.

Eventually I found more gainful employment and had to let the Victoria's Secret job go. The discount was phenomenal but how much underwear does one person need? The experience has stayed with me a in a few ways: I'm always nice to the sales associates in stores and I try to leave my dressing room neat. And I always act extremely appreciative when a significant other gives me lingerie for a present; after all, I know what he went through to get it, poor guy.

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October 11 2011 at 5:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lydia

I got one worse...I once worked at an ADULT STORE. People ignorantly assumed that there'd always be "action" going on, but for the most part, it was really boring. Just like the author says, it was like any other retail/cashier job, except the potential for things to get weird was WIDE OPEN *lol*.

Victoria's Secret accepts returns. For reasons you can figure out on your own, we could not accept returns for any reason, but that didn't stop some *lol* I can't even get into some of the things I'd hear *lol* And you'll be amazed how many KIDS we shoo'd away from trying to sneak in...Damn kids...

The saddest of all were the (apparently) single male customers whom I guess had no place to go, so they'd hang out at the store all day! Believe it or not, Christmas was one of the busiest days of the year! What was also really sad were the husbands & boyfriends who would rush in at top speed on Christmas morning, desperate to find a gift for their woman. They'd practically grab me by the shoulders and shake me demanding help looking for a "last minute gift". And I'm like "Shyeahhh...Dude, you're looking for a gift on Christmas DAY!!! THAT is NOT "last minute", that is LATE!!!" If I were the chick THAT GUY was shopping for, I'd give MYSELF the gift of FREEDOM and DUMP his thoughtless ass *LOL*

April 03 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shawn Renee

There is the Labor Board, you could file a complaint and they will investigate. It might take a really long time, but it is worth a try. If you were picked up by the ambulance on the sales floor, I cannot imagine that they did not file a report for an on the job injury/illness. The story may very well be true, the spelling, grammar etc for the entire post show that she has not finished HS.

April 01 2010 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mrs. T.

I hardly shop at Vickie's secret! A few years ago, I waited in a line to pay for almost a half hour. There were plenty of employees, but they all seemed anxious to close registers rather than ring up sales.
Granted, it was the holiday season and it was inching toward closing time, but there was a long line of disgruntled customers and the Vicky chicks weren't payin too much attention
to them. I said something to what I thought was a manager, but she did nothing. There are too many places to shop, why get that kind of treatment!

March 30 2010 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kate

Same thing happened to me, I was right out of college looking for a job and Victoria's Secret was one I landed. I left when a female customer grabbed me and explained "I want mine to look like these" of course it was a nice compliment but at the sam time I didn't want to have to endure that again. Granted this is not something that is commonly seen in retail, it was definitely a rare case, but my advice is take a part time but keep your options open when your doing the job hunt.

March 30 2010 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pat

blah blah! be thankful that you all have a job. too many are losing their jobs, homes,and self esteem.you are all idiots.

March 28 2010 at 5:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
A. Freedman

Herbie; Where did you learn English? "When I have WENT AGAINST"

March 28 2010 at 5:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Don Prestia

EVERYONE should be required to work a retail job for 3 months in their life. That would make them understand what it is like to take care of customers, screaming kids, irrate customers, moronic bosses, stupid fellow employees. People should also not shop at Famous Footwear because their management team is worse than stupid.

March 28 2010 at 3:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Suzanne

Go to hell -Dayjur and AOl

March 28 2010 at 3:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nin

I am so sorry for your health problems; sorry, but is that why you are having problems writing sentences, punctuations, etc.?

I do not not want to put you down. I actually have not ever read a comment in that writing mode.

March 28 2010 at 1:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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