A FORMER Debenhams worker has spilled the beans on what goes on behind the scenes at the store – including some gross behaviour in the changing rooms.
If you’ve ever tried on a new frock in the shop and thought it smells suspiciously like a fast food restaurant, ex-employee Anna has revealed why.
An ex-Debenhams employee has shared the secrets of the store – including what really goes on in the changing rooms[/caption]
The 25-year-old told the Daily Star she once found a customer eating a takeaway in the cubicle – which she then left behind.
Anna, who worried in a branch in Yorkshire, explained when she was on shift one day a woman in her mid-twenties walked in, asking to try on a dress.
She was described as ‘well dressed’ and was carrying lots of bags, from a number of stores.
The customer spent a while in the cubicle, and Anna initially thought the was juggling her shopping bags – until the stench of fish began wafting through the store.
The trays were strewn across the floor including rice, noodles, sweet and sour and loads of prawn toast
Anna went to investigate, and to her horror realised the woman had been sitting down in the cubicle, which she said has “solid lockable doors”, and eating a Chinese takeaway.
She said: “The trays were strewn across the floor including rice, noodles, sweet and sour and loads of prawn toast.”
The smell was so bad, the store was forced to close the changing rooms for the rest of the day.
But that’s not the worst thing to happen, after a customer left behind some soiled underwear.
Anna claimed she once had to go to A&E after a customer shut her fingers in a door[/caption]
Anna explained a woman had taken a packet of fresh pants, then proceeded to shoplift them by wearing them out of the store – leaving their dirty knickers behind.
Anna, who described the pants as “old and dirty” revealed: “We used a coat hanger to pick them up and dispose of them.”
On another occasion, Anna says she was yelled at by a customer after they asked for advice over a pair of jeans.
The worker says a woman was wearing a pair of trousers which were clearly too small for her – as she couldn’t button them – but when Anna pointed out the bigger size might be better the customer flew into a rage.
Anna said the woman accused her of “lying”, while her husband told her she could use a bobble to fasten the jeans.
In the end the customer bought four pairs of jeans – none of which fit.
Another changing room horror story saw Anna ending up in A&E, after a a woman shut her hand in a door.
While acknowledging it wasn’t her fault, Anna said it “hurt a lot” and she screamed as her fingers got trapped.
Supermarket Christmas opening times 2020
NOT all supermarkets have confirmed their Christmas opening times, but here’s what we know so far:
- Aldi: Most stores will open until 11pm on December 21, 22 and 23. Branches will shut at 6pm on December 24 and will remain closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
- Asda: Asda has yet to confirm its Christmas opening times.
- Co-op: The Co-op has yet to confirm its Christmas opening times.
- Lidl: Lidl has yet to confirm its Christmas opening times.
- M&S: M&S will keep around 400 shops open until midnight on December 21, 22 and 23. The rest will open until 10pm. Shops are expected to shut at 6pm on Christmas eve and remain closed on Christmas Day.
- Morrisons: Morrisons has yet to confirm its Christmas opening times.
- Tesco: Tesco has yet to confirm its Christmas opening times.
- Sainsbury’s: Sainsbury’s has yet to confirm its Christmas opening times.
- Waitrose: Waitrose will keep smaller stores open until 11pm on December 21, 22 and 23, while larger stores will shut at 10pm. The majority of stores will close at 6pm on Christmas Eve and will remain shut on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
But rather than stopping to help, the customer opened the door to release Anna’s fingers, then carried on trying on clothes.
Anna fainted from the pain saying: “The woman apparently continued to try on her clothes and when she game out promptly chucked them on top of me and left.”
Luckily she says her manager gave her the rest of the day off.
Fabulous Digital has reached out to Debenhams for a comment.
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