Woman annoyed because her job’s ‘uniform policy’ forces her to buy expensive clothes every 3 months
- She explained that she is required to buy tops, bottoms and shoes that she wears at her place of work.
- She wrote: “So every 3 months we are expected to buy more high and low shoes because we can no longer wear what is not sold in stores”
- “I’m going to feel attacked every 3 months because I have to part with my salary to be an advertisement for my employer,” she said.
If you work in a clothing store, you may need to wear clothes sold at your workplace to facilitate sales. The staff usually get deep employee discounts and many see it as a benefit.
However, one woman has lashed out at a similar policy at her workplace as she is forced to spend hundreds of pounds a year to follow the strict rules.
The woman shared her grievance on Mumsnet in an article titled ‘The job expects us to look like a model’.
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She said: “I started a job at a clothing store where the staff wear their own clothes…or so I thought. No. We have to wear the clothes that work and we only get 70% off.”
She explained that she is required to buy tops, bottoms and shoes that she wears at her place of work. If this is not enough, they must wear clothes of the current season.
She wrote, “So every 3 months we are expected to buy more high and low shoes because we can no longer wear what is not sold in stores.”
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She added: “I have an 18-hour contract, barely above minimum wage. I can’t afford it! I’m a mother with a mortgage. My family’s clothes have to last until that they need to be replaced. I also think it’s very unnecessary to have to constantly buy clothes.”
“At least to be able to buy the cheapest things at work, it will cost me around £80-100 (Rs 7,500 – Rs 9,400) every 3 months. It’s not exactly a cheap store. There has posters all over the staff room saying to inspire customers with our outfit choices, we need to look stylish at all times!” she says.
She is frustrated that she has to pay part of her salary to advertise for her employer.
“I’m going to feel attacked every 3 months because I have to part with my salary to be an advertisement for my employer,” she said.
“I just started, I didn’t get a salary but I was asked to sort out my outfit choices ASAP,” she explained.
While many netizens expressed empathy for the woman, others said many stores have similar policies. Some suggested he look for ways to save money. Here’s what people said:
“Completely unreasonable of them to expect you to buy new clothes from the store every three months, even at a discount.”
“They should give you the clothes for free as a work uniform.”
“That’s almost always been the case in clothing stores. 70-75% staff discount on uniform allowance.”
“£80 every three months updating your wardrobe isn’t too much and you don’t have to waste your old stuff, you can donate it to charity or sell it and recoup some of the cost .”
“It’s for a lot of people!”
“Can you pick clothes carefully that they sell for a bit longer, like jeans? How often do you wash your clothes? If it’s a few times a week, that could mean you can get away with only two highs? your 3 monthly expenses down.”