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to go into hollister with a Dragon Light....

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ThatVikRinA22 Sun 03-Jul-11 00:24:18

DD s 14th birthday coming up, so today we did the obligatory trudge around the nearest shopping centre, as all she wants for her birthday is clothes.

spent an obscene £50 on a hollister zipped hoody....(ok, its nice, its soft, it feels good quality but...)

while scrambling around in the dark DH stood on my foot...(so dark he couldnt see where it was and he weighs 5 stone more than me - it bloody hurt!) and i had to ask an assistant to find the right size - she asked me if i had looked on the shelf - i said no - it was too sodding dark to see anything other than your hand in front of your face....

wtf is it with the lighting in there?? i am seriously thinking of taking a dragon light in with me next time....that'll wake the fuckers up...

aibu do you think? old fuddy duddy? or is hollister the emperors new clothes....?

pingu2209 Sun 03-Jul-11 00:26:17

I want to know why my 13 year old niece who is an adult size 8-10 is a Large in Hollister! WTF!

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 03-Jul-11 00:29:50

PS....if youre wondering what a dragon light is and are going to google - then its dragon light torch....i have found some hair raising stuff if you simply google dragon light! grin

pingu - i know! DD got a S hoody but she is also a size 8 and it looked a rather snug fit....

goingmadinthecountry Sun 03-Jul-11 00:30:36

You'll get used to it. In fact if your dd is 14 she's almost outgrowing it now. Jack Wills next (university outfitters my arse, I certainly got through London and Cambridge without need for their hugely overpriced garments), then Camden. That's when the fun starts! Dd is 15 1/2 and would never now go anywhere other people go!!

BTW, the unmarked shelves at the back of Hollister do carry some amazing bargains - have had loads of jeans for £10 a pop. For dd obv not me as I am far too fat to fit their jeans.

Scheherezadea Sun 03-Jul-11 00:32:26

Hollister is a horrific shop in every way a shop can be. Urgh.

pingu2209 Sun 03-Jul-11 00:32:52

If you are too fat, you must be all of a size 12-14!

Wags Sun 03-Jul-11 00:33:27

Only been in once with a friends daughter. My kids still too young. Had heard all about the shop (Bluewater one) but couldn't believe it when I went in. Managed to scrabble my way to the counter and asked the very young assistant for a vodka and tonic. She obviously didn't appreciate my humour even when I said 'oh its a shop is it, not a bar'. Told DH never to go in. He has night blindness - could get messy grin

pippala Sun 03-Jul-11 00:36:49

My neighbours daughter works in Hollister.
The idea behind the dark is that the parents don't like the shop but teens do so the parents want/need to get out quick so they buy something/anything!
Dont see it myself but it works apparently.
Hate the way they talk in fake american accents "Hi welcome to the pier"
You can't apply to work in Hollister, they don't advertise jobs they go scouting for staff and only employ "beautiful" people.

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 03-Jul-11 00:41:07

well next time then i will blind all the beautiful people - gonna nick a dragon light from work..<evil cackle>

bethelbeth Sun 03-Jul-11 02:20:28

You can apply to work in Hollister but the interview is a bit brutal. But they do scouting as well.
They have to greet everyone who comes in the door "Hey what's up?". Only the most attractive staff get to be greeters or 'models'. (Basically a shop assistant who just walks around the store all day saying hello to people.)

My SIL works there and the bad lighting etc makes her really depressed. It's quite target driven too. And the pay is shite.

So at least I can sleep easier knowing that you don't get paid more for being 'Hollister Pretty'.

startail Sun 03-Jul-11 02:31:19

Not a shop I've come across but I like the darkness, means my fashion mad DD2 won't be able to see ( her night vision is lousy )

Hassled Wed 24-Aug-11 19:20:53

Bumping this as I want to continue the rant. They really are a shower of shite, aren't they? I told the check-out bloke that the shop was like the Seventh Circle of Hell, a claustrophobe's nightmare and a hideous shopping experience. He smiled politely and said you get used to it after a while. Meanwhile DS2 grabbed the bag containing his £60 hoodie and legged it out of the shop as fast as he could.

WTF are the thinking in there? And what are the shops meant to be? A dark, loud surfer's shack with random chandeliers thrown in? Someone somewhere has taken some serious drugs.

squeakytoy Wed 24-Aug-11 19:43:13

The appeal of it certainly works though... to a certain teenage market of sheep.

pigletmania Wed 24-Aug-11 19:49:54

Hate that shop, not only is it dark and dingy, and ridiculously expensive, but its disablelist too. Our local one does not have wheelchair access. I am too fat to shop there grin, but in 10 years time my dd might when she is 14.

microfight Wed 24-Aug-11 19:50:12

What's Holister grin

pigletmania Wed 24-Aug-11 19:54:15

A horrid shop, selling crap things at extrotionate prices for teens, which parents hate smile

www.hollisterco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/HomePage?catalogId=10201&langId=-1&storeId=13007

Hassled Wed 24-Aug-11 19:59:55

Dudes and Bettys. FFS. Wankers.

Andrewofgg Wed 24-Aug-11 20:03:12

That bloody place proves that every place of employment should have by law a maximum volume (and that includes bars and clubs) and a minimum lighting level to protect the health of their workers.

chickydoo Wed 24-Aug-11 20:05:02

I thought there was a power cut when I went in with DD.
She was so humiliated I asked the assistant if they were going to stay open with the electrics down!
Dear God am getting old

Euphemia Wed 24-Aug-11 20:08:12

When the one in Glasgow opened last November they had two guys greeting you outside the shop wearing nowt but swimming trunks and a lot of fake tan. hmm

Poor bastards - just as well the shop's in a shopping centre! grin

TheSkiingGardener Wed 24-Aug-11 20:11:24

I still want to do a MN flashmob and invade Hollister with an army of flashlights, sit on their sofas and knit.

muffinmonster Wed 24-Aug-11 20:11:49

Hate it, hate it, hate it. YANBU. You should go in there with DH and both wear miner's helmets with lamps on.

UKSky Wed 24-Aug-11 20:12:18

At our local one at the weekends you have to queue to get in. It's like the line for a nightclub with rope barriers and a bouncer type person at the front. QUEUE TO GET INTO A SHOP!!!!! Now I know I'm getting old.

mrsshears Wed 24-Aug-11 20:17:12

I went to las vegas recently for the weekend and went into holister for my 14yr old dd,i couldnt beleive how dark it was either,took me ages to find too beacause there was nothing written on the outside of the shop,well nothing i could see at least.
I got some fantastic bargins,a pair of flip flops,a vest,3 t shirts and a bag for £87!

saggarmakersbottomknocker Wed 24-Aug-11 20:17:36

The staff in there will be claiming compensation in a few years time for ruined eyesight. Can't be good for them. When they leave work in the evening they must spend 10 minutes at the door adjusting to the glare!

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