This is a new low.
Abercrombie & Fitch' sister company Hollister forced one of their UK employees to remove her poppy pin because it wasn't part of the brand's "uniform".
For those not in the know, the UK & Canada celebrate Veterans Day as Remembrance Day. In the weeks leading up to November 11th, poppies are worn to honor war veterans.
Harriet Phipps, the 18 year old Hollister employee, was wearing hers for a friend and grandfather. She told the BBC:
"We provide an image of what the clothes would look like for the customers, and because the poppy is not uniform I was told I should not wear it. It’s respect. These are people who fought for our country. Why can’t I just wear a little red poppy?"
A&F quickly went into damage control mode and issued the following statement:
"As an American company that has been in existence since 1892, we very much appreciate the sacrifices of both British and American servicemen and women in the World Wars and in military conflicts that continue to this day. Our company policy is currently to permit associates to wear a poppy as a token of this appreciation on Remembrance Day. In the future, we will revisit, in light of local custom, whether to extend the policy to the days or weeks leading up to Remembrance Day."
Good idea, Aber.
[Image via Lia Toby/WENN.]