Urban Outfitters: Judge, Jury, Jerkoffs

A manager at a Washington-area Urban Outfitters duped a mother and daughter into signing an admission of shoplifting by saying the form was to report ‘damaged goods.’ When the girl signed the papers, she was under the impression she was being banned from shopping in the stores, but soon received a “civil penalty” of $150 from Urban Outfitter’s law firm.

That means that even if the daughter had been shoplifting, Urban Outfitters would rather extort her for money down the line than report her to the police. It also means that there is more to this story than just a single, centipede-filled manager. How many others have Urban Outfitters employees duped into signing up for a $150, out-of-process fine?

This is the paragraph where we are supposed to insult Urban Outfitters’ clothing selection, but we actually don’t mind their selection, even if it does look like a bus full of hobos exploded inside the Gap. (Thanks, Jay!)

Rip Unravels Family’s Shopping Trip [WaPo]

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  1. RowdyRoddyPiper says:

    Exploding hobos…priceless.

    Urban outfittters is based in my fair city of Philadelphia, PA. I never shop there, because my needs for Von Dutch trucker hats and baby tees that say “I Hate Boys” are almost entirely non-existant at this point. For those with more upscale tastes, UO also operates Anthropologie. I’m pretty sure that the managers there aren’t trained to pull this kind of shit with the Soccermom’s that go in to buy a Tumbling Clover Vase or a Shea Butter assortment.

    For anyone interested, here’s a link to contact info for Urban Outfitter’s management.

    http://www.urbanoutfittersinc.com/profile/contact_officers

    I’ll keep you posted on their reaction to my informing them that another retailer will be supplying me with authentic peruvian windchimes and soap all the way from SWEDEN.

  2. I have an email address for online forms etc — my spam address — with which I get the usual spam I’m sure you’re all acquainted with. But I was surprised when I started getting constant spam from UO on that address as well. They were and are still the only bricks and mortar retailer I receive unsolicited email from — using what appears to be the same email lists spammers use. I don’t like em and I certainly don’t shop there.