(Closed) Victoria’s Secret Vent-I can’t go back!

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 32
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@teabiscuit:  I agree with this. I’m tiny (size 0-2) and wear a 32C and I get so much shit for being a “stick figure.” I actually have curves, I just happen to have good genes. I know you (OP) were just ranting, but you’re doing the same thing you’re accusing that girl of doing.

Anyway, I’m sorry you had a bad experience. I hate pushy sales people, and VS is pretty bad. They usually offer to measure every time you step foot in there. I LOVE VS bras (BioFits!), but I feel you–they NEVER carry my size in store. They always try to push a 34B on me instead, which is ironic when they continually try to measure me. I don’t think you’re overreacting at all; comments about someone’s body are not cool.

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Oh my gosh! I get measured every time I go too! One lady literally just put her arms around me in the middle of the store while I was wearing a sweatshirt and a coat… saying she, “was pretty good at this.”

But their stuff is pretty cute… so yes their customer service is a little whack… but I buy it anyway.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@bricon:  If you think she was trying to be helpful ladies then we full curvy women know better. She was being snotty and judgmental. 

You don’t speak for everyone – whatever body type they may be. Don’t perpetuate the “us vs. them” mentality; don’t make it something it’s not. Sometimes it has nothing to do with size or prejudice or bias, sometimes it’s just one person who doesn’t understand another person. It really does not sound like this salesgirl was being malicious, she just wasn’t giving the OP the service she needed, and the OP had a reaction to that and came here to vent.

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’ve had them be a little snarky too. I have a really small rib cage so I have to wear a 30 technically (buy 32’s and get them tailored) and like E cup boobs. So I normally buy a 36Dear Daughter and then get it altered to shit by a tailor. Last time I was in the the old lady kept making non stop judgmental comments about women getting boob jobs at younger and younger ages…so rude. Finally my mom was like “She does not have breast implants, my god!”

I only shop online through them now, I’ve been grumpy ever since!

Post # 36
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@candykiss:  sorry lady. I am about the same size as you and I feel like that happens ot me sometimes. I had a similar situation at a second hand store once…people are just so judgemental and rude!! hang in there! 

 

EDIT: I HATE VS and refuse to shop there. I buy my bras at Lane Bryant and proud of it. I bet if you switched to LB bras you would fall in LOVE! Anyone D cup and 36 or larger should totally switch to LB. You dont have to be PS to wear their bras. They are amazing!

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Seriously wasn’t trying to perpetuate a them vs us mentality. Just saying that if you haven’t been overweight then you don’t know the difference and there is a difference. Wasn’t trying to be snarky just sympathetic.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Seriously wasn’t trying to perpetuate a them vs us mentality. Just saying that if you haven’t been overweight then you don’t know the difference and there is a difference. Wasn’t trying to be snarky just sympathetic.

Post # 39
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’ve never felt that they are snarky purposely, but I’ve definitely felt like they don’t know what they’re doing re: measuring. Seriously though, I would never go there for bras because as a curvy woman (I’m not plus size, I’m like a less toned version of Kimmy K.) with boobs that are Dear Daughter they don’t have proper support, but they do have sexy. I’ve gone into VS and not been measured before but I’ve also felt like those salesladies aren’t the most experienced or knowledgable. I’ve gone in there and asked to be measured by more experienced salesladies, who still didn’t know what they were doing as far as my huge ta-tas. (BTW, promotion for Intimacy right now, best bra store ever.) But I definitely understand the feeling of being uncomfortable in VS – sometimes even just personally because of body image issues.

Btw, I just re-read what I wrote and I think snark factor definitely just depends on the saleslady. The mall where my VS is, is so hoity toity, only designer stores, etc. They re-made themselves over in the past few years to be like that. So I could totally see the people they employ to be more on the snarky side. But, I’ve been to VS in more down to earth areas and their staff is way different. So the truth is, this saleslady MAY have been being snarky – it’s about the person, not necessarily the store. (I’ve encountered snark at Bed, Bath and Beyond before too FWIW.) 

Also, just remembered the last time I went into Pink, the saleslady was so nice! She was also helping me buy sweatpants though lol.

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I used to work at VS during college and we were told to measure every customer.  It does make sense to get measured every few months because your size may change a bit (if you lose wieght, gain, or hormones, etc) but, you shouldn’t be made to feel uncomfortable.  

When I was working, they told us to tell any customer that didn’t fit into a size we carried, to have her try a “sister size” or just lie about what size she should try, esp. if they were larger than any size we carried.  I’m a size 10 and a 36-38 C (neither one is every quite right) and I always thought this tactic was shady; I had sales girls try to use it on me! 

 

I never by VS bras anymore; I go to department stores that have more sizes and styles and better quality for the price. 

Post # 41
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I once went to a pink “after hours” event and the sales girl asked me if I’d like a fitting, knowing VS pink doesn’t carry my size. She then proceeded to akwardly stare at my chest for the next 30 seconds…then said well I think you could wear a C….I wear a DDD…No way in heck I could wear a C. lol

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - The Millennium Center

I also used to work at VS but quit in November because I was so fed up with how they treated the employees. I’m sorry you had a bad experience, but it honestly sounds like she was doing exactly what her manager was telling her to do. VS pretends to care are the customer, but in all honesty, they care about their number versus other stores in the district (because managers get rewards for being the #1 store in the district). I don’t shop there anymore other than getting my free panty. I cancelled my credit card and hate evn driving past my old store. Looking back on my time there, I sound exactly like the salesgirl you worked with. 

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

As someone who used to work there I can assure you, those are the questions they are supposed to ask everyone (the straps are different for each style, and technically they want everyone measured every 6 months)

I think you were being a little over sensitive in regards to those comments.

Sorry if someone already answered this, I skimmed.

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a friend that works in Bath and Body Works (apparently the 2 companies are related), and she said that the running joke there is, during the hiring process for VS they must ask “Were you hugged as a child?” If the answer is no, you go to VS.

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Eh, I think VS is just like that. I’m a 32D, and a size 2 in dresses. Everytime I go in they ask to measure me. They then try to sell me a padded bra to increase my bust size 2 cups. Ummm…I’m 4’11”, size 2, and already a D-cup, if I go up 2 cup sizes I’m going to look REALLY ridiculous. VS is just weird. Also, most of their stuff I can’t make the bra straps small enough for me lol

Post # 46
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

i have the same problem with a lot of bra stores, one I went to the other day did not even carry ONE bra in my size, this I was told by the sales lady as she bodychecked me and snootily said it. I am so sick of some of the retail workers out there giving such bad experiences to people, I have worked in the service industry (waitress) before and i know how hard some customers can be in saying this IT IS NOT hard to put a smile on your face and be pleasant and polite to people when they walk into a store and have done nothing to be an annoying customer. thanks for the vent its always nice to hear i am not alone in this feelings

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