I feel like I need to explain why I was so upset with what happened recently… (for those that don’t know, I posted a comment over at EA that someone construed as being detrimental to Anthropologie, and I was rather hurt by that)
I’ve worked at Anthropologie since October of 2010 (on paperwork), I technically didn’t have my first shift until that November. The manager at my store knew me from shopping there, especially since I had recently bought the entire Crowned Crane bedding set (remember that set? It lasted forever… until I got a dog – haha) a night that she was working.
I had recently completely changed my entire life. I had, in August, had to leave a full time job due to medical reasons (was forced to leave) and was going back to school. The women at Anthropologie embraced me. I didn’t become friends with them for quite awhile, but they were welcoming. Make no mistake.
Years passed and soon it was Spring/Summer of 2012. Old habits caught up with me and I found myself entirely sick. I had a pretty bad heart condition caused by malnourishment and wound up with a feeding tube. One of my coworkers was so kind to me during this time… even occasionally bringing food to my house and putting it in my fridge.
Eventually? I was forced to leave Anthropologie (and school) due to a necessary hospitalization. I was only a part-time employee at the time (though I was working QUITE a lot of hours at Anthropologie back in those days, I was nearly full-time), but my manager promised me she would keep a spot open for me.
This was done under the assumption that I would only be gone 2-3 months, but I wound up not being able to return to Anthropologie until Christmastime, nearly 6 months later. My manager? She still kept her promise. She held my part-time position for me.
I will forever hold a spot in my heart for Anthropologie, I think, because of that. Not because I needed the job… it’s a part-time job, but because of the greater thing that represented. They didn’t throw me away because I was “damaged” as my other job had…
So when people think I would do something to harm the company I love? It bothers me. It’s not looking at the full picture. I have, over the years, found countless items for people over at EA that have claimed to be sold out online (there’s another way to check that picks up the small quantities that linger in stores – if they exist – even when it says Sold Out online). I wear Anthropologie all the time… and I like people to understand how they can get better service there (such as calling a store and ordering through them to receive free shipping AND that tip I mentioned a couple lines above about Sold Out items).
It’s an unfair judgment… like saying I will lose my job over a blog (I have had this blog since November 2011, but redid it quite recently) when I am not divulging anything that’s privileged enough you couldn’t ascertain it by going into a store and talking to a customer associate.
//I promise this will be the last time I bring this incident up//