Abercrombie & Fitch CEO posts statement on Facebook, stores accused of being unfriendly to disabled

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  • mhilton Lancaster, CA
    May 24, 2013 12:48 a.m.

    Whether his words came 6 minutes ago or six years ago, he still should be accountable for them. His "apology" seems very shallow. Then discriminating against handicapped individuals because recontruction causes an inconvenience to his customers? Please!

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    May 23, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    "We are strongly opposed to discrimination, but I am very good at it."

    I sincerely hope that you will believe my spin because my business is in a tail spin.

    He is sorry he got caught.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    May 23, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    Wasn't it always clear that A&F Hollister was and always has been an over-priced brand for of low-quality, goods? Are you seriously surprised when the CEO of a brand like that says offensive things? They've been selling stupid for a long time. The astonishing thing is that people pay money to be plastered with their logo.

  • WRK Riverton, UT
    May 23, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    @ SS & germanygator: Thank you for stating what I was thinking, people, get on with your lives and stop letting this man "control" you. Your are only offended because you choose to be so.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    May 23, 2013 11:06 a.m.


    Is there a statute of limitations on offensive behavior or offensive speech?

    When the CEO of a company says something offensive and discriminatory in a taped interview, then years later, not only refuses to apologize, but in essence, validates his previous statement, there's no reason he and his company shouldn't be held accountable in the court of public opinion.

    A&F's damage control is a big FAIL.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    May 23, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    A & F is very popular in UT.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 23, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    It took a month to respond. Sounds like about the same amount of time for same store sales numbers to come rolling in as well. Think there might be a link there?

    Sad that vanity has become such a huge part of our society. Cool.... good looking.... what ever..... some of the least important aspects you can rate a person on, and yet our society places such a high value on it. As long as you look good....

    What ever...

  • germanygator Apo, AE
    May 23, 2013 3:15 a.m.

    There are far worse things in life that can happen than being offended. Go live in the middle east where every day is a matter of survival. Do that and then come back and complain about offenses.

  • SS MiddleofNowhere, Utah
    May 22, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    I still can't believe what people get offended about. Why does what this man thinks hurt you so much? First of all, this quote is from 2006, seven years ago. The only reason people are mad is because the media brought it up again. Just another example of how the media CONTROLS the emotional tide of the nation. It controls how people feel, think, believe, by simply typing a few words. Sorry, but I'm not buying that the words of one man from seven years ago can hurt anyone. You choose to be offended. The fact that this is such a big deal is a joke!

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    May 22, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    A business exists to provide goods or a service and make a profit. If I owned a retail store I would be an idiot to turn away a customer away based on appearance. A@f is a business I would never patronize.

  • SundanceKid27 OREM, UT
    May 22, 2013 6:27 p.m.

    "While I believe this 7-year-old, resurrected quote has been taken out of context, I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense."

    Once again he strategically uses his words to put the blame on us. He tries to make it seem that he takes blame for what he said than he sneaks in and says we interpreted in wrong. He thinks that we are idiots. WE wrongly INTERPRETED the words he used to describe their stance on who they were targeting.

  • belgie Tualatin, OR
    May 22, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    How can you claim to oppose discrimination based on looks or body type, but openly propagate a "cool" image by excluding ugly people?