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    Reddit "dirty little secret" thread

    What is a "dirty little (or big) secret" about an industry that you have worked in, that people outside the industry really ought to know? : AskReddit

    It just goes on and on. Some of it is funny. Some is not surprising. Some is pretty shocking.

    Kind of fascinating, though. Doesn't exactly instill a lot of faith in humanity.


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    Re: Reddit "dirty little secret" thread

    Looking forward to this.



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    Re: Reddit "dirty little secret" thread

    I worked in the warehouse for a large, high end retail chain in Iowa unpacking and hanging Ready to Wear merchandise. Most people don't realize that these retail chains buy clothing from each other all the time so that when chain A hasn't been able to sell something after a while they sell their whole stock to chain B. We frequently had to pull out tags and sew different label tags into things before they went out to the store to make them appear higher end. You would think all of this selling would go downhill but it goes the other way as well. We once had fake fur coats that we pulled $50 tags from a bargain chain off of and then put our labels and a $900 price tag into for our high end store. The price paid for each coat from the other store.... $2! My other advice is that you always, always want to wash your clothes before you wear them. We often had stuff come in from overseas totally stinking of insecticide and other chemicals. They would just hang them out for a few days to let them air out and then ship them off to the stores even when employees got rashes from it.



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    Re: Reddit "dirty little secret" thread

    Ignorance is bliss.



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    Re: Reddit "dirty little secret" thread

    Not surprised by much of that.



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    Re: Reddit "dirty little secret" thread

    Well, I guess I won't ever eat veal again.



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    Re: Reddit "dirty little secret" thread

    That actually gives me hope for humanity. Most of those things that have the most up-votes are really not that harmful. I've been around a bit in my business, and we're seriously trying to do things right and build things right.



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    Re: Reddit "dirty little secret" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Leidang View Post
    I worked in the warehouse for a large, high end retail chain in Iowa unpacking and hanging Ready to Wear merchandise. Most people don't realize that these retail chains buy clothing from each other all the time so that when chain A hasn't been able to sell something after a while they sell their whole stock to chain B. We frequently had to pull out tags and sew different label tags into things before they went out to the store to make them appear higher end. You would think all of this selling would go downhill but it goes the other way as well. We once had fake fur coats that we pulled $50 tags from a bargain chain off of and then put our labels and a $900 price tag into for our high end store. The price paid for each coat from the other store.... $2! My other advice is that you always, always want to wash your clothes before you wear them. We often had stuff come in from overseas totally stinking of insecticide and other chemicals. They would just hang them out for a few days to let them air out and then ship them off to the stores even when employees got rashes from it.
    Well damn it, I always tell my wife washing new clothes is silly.



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    Re: Reddit "dirty little secret" thread

    I used to be a housekeeper at an Ames hotel, which I won't mention, during my 5th year of college and lets just say if you stay in hotels:
    -If the room has actual glasses inside, don't use them. Only use the paper cups if there are any, or use your own.
    -The showers/bathroom floors aren't as clean as they may seem.
    -The carpet may not seem as clean as it may seem.
    -If you're staying more than 1 night, you're better off putting a DND sign on your door handle and just requesting fresh towels from the front desk. And if you like the house keepers to come to your room, hide all valuables or anything else you don't want house keepers looking at.
    -Don't use the coffee pot or coffee cups. And if you must, clean the cups and pot yourself before using.

    When I was working, we had so many rooms to clean and only so much time to do it. We couldn't spend much more than 15-20 minutes on each room, if they people were leaving. Or, 5-10 minutes on stay over rooms. Let's just say, you can only clean so much in that much time and corners needed to be cut sometimes.


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