Why I Refuse to Buy from Urban Outfitters

Why I Refuse to Buy from Urban Outfitters

Disrespect isn't trendy.

At first glance, Urban Outfitters seems to be nothing more than an insanely overpriced clothing store for the 18 to 28 year-old “hipster” target market. However, when you take a look at the “clothing” and other various trinkets they have enough guts to sell, the initial appeal of the place (if it ever appealed to you to begin with) quickly wears off. From the glorification of suicide to flat-out disrespect, Urban Outfitters products never fails to disgust me.

Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, committed suicide in April 1994 and left behind a suicide note in which he addressed his fans, his wife, and his daughter. In 2015, Urban Outfitters in all of their trendy glory decided that it would be a good idea to print a baseball tee with Cobain’s suicide letter plastered across the front for the very low price (in Urban Outfitter Land) of $25.19, shown below. Suicide is not a joke, a trend, or something to glorify. The letter clearly shows a man who has given up all hope to lead a life worthy of living. What does this shirt say to all the people who have been personally affected by suicide? We need to give these people hope, not humiliate them and make suicide the latest trend.

Kent State University in Ohio was the site of a deadly shootings of unarmed college students in May of 1970 in which four people lost their lives. In September 2014, Urban Outfitters decided to pay their respects to the remembrance of the Kent State shootings by releasing a $129 faux blood-spattered “Kent State” sweatshirt, pictured below. In a statement, Urban Outfitters said, “It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such.” Either Urban Outfitters designers lack common sense, or they’ve gone completely coldhearted for the sake of “fashion.” I’m thinking both.

As if the glorification of suicide and the general lack of respect for other human beings isn’t enough evidence as to why UO will never receive a single dime from me, there was one clothing item in particular that sent me over the edge. Urban Outfitters made no formal apology for, and have continued to sell, their “Eat Less” top despite all the negative pushback from anyone with brain. Anorexia is a diagnosable eating and mental disorder, and has the highest death rate out of all psychiatric illnesses (including depression). What does this shirt portray? It portrays the thought processes of someone with anorexia; there’s simply no way around this one. Good job once again for making serious issues the new trend, UO.

The list goes on and on about the controversies UO and their products have sparked in recent times. Visit this The Week article for more. Hopefully you too will see through Urban Outfitter's “trendy hipster” façade.

Cover Image Credit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurengensler/2014/11/17/urban-outfitters-reports-earnings-miss-sales-decline-at-namesake-brand/#7e3cdcc45c2a

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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The 5 Things Retail Workers Want You To Know About The Hell On Earth That Is Retail

The world of retail is more difficult than you think.


Ah, the hell on earth that is retail. Articles on working retail have been done out the wazoo, so much so that it isn't hard to do a search on this website and get almost five million articles about the same subject. Well, I'll be the five millionth and one to do so. I've been working retail for a while now and there are some things that I've picked up on while on the selling floor.

These are the five things that all retail employees want you to know.

1. Be nice and you (might) receive.

As the saying goes: you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar, which couldn't be truer in the context of retail. If you, the customer, come up to me and immediately start throwing a fit over something and act like a spoiled brat, then I won't be as keen to help you out with whatever you're going on about. However, if you're nice, polite, calm and respectful towards me when explaining the issue, I'll do whatever I can to get it all figured out. Hell, you can even get some sort of discount out of it!

2. Be understanding of store policies.

Customers tend to think that retail is an "anything goes" environment. As much as I would like that, that is sadly not the case. Every company has policies in place so that customers won't take advantage of the store, thus turning would-be profits into losses for the company. If you are unsure about a policy, look it up on the company's website to get an understanding of it before you go and actually visit the store and purchase something. Also, but mindful of the fact that employees can only do so much with the policies in place.

Remember that we're only human.

Associates aren't machines, they're not some sort of advanced AI that can do transactions perfectly. We screw up. We have emotions. We have bad days. We have good days. You're human, too, unless you're a soul-sucking demon or something. Be understanding of the fact that we'll sometimes make a mistake that can be easily fixed. Again, it won't kill you to be kind

4. Please, try and clean up after yourself

I get it, you don't know how to refold a shirt or a pair of pants. But please, at least try to make an attempt, or ask the nearest associate for help. Also, wait for them to finish folding things before you go ahead and ruin their neatly folded stack. Also, we're always willing to throw away your Starbucks cup or an empty bottle, just don't hand us your used tissues and bloody bandages, please.

We want you to have a pleasant experience

At the end of the day, all we want for you is to have an enjoyable experience at our store. Sometimes, problems arise, things get difficult, and tempers flare, but that's just life in general. We'll always try and make you happy and give you the best customer service possible. So, if you work with us and be understanding, we'll definitely work with you.

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