Teens Storm Abercrombie _ Fitch Store to Protest Toxic Perfume by djsgjg0045


									If you're over the age of 25, you know it's pretty much impossible to go in
Abercrombie & Fitch without gagging. "They made us spray the signature scents
every 20 minutes like clockwork, so the store always smells," reports a former
Abercrombie & Fitch employee (who asked that she not be named). "Most stores even
have scent sprayers in the ceiling. After a while, you start to get dizzy."
  On Tuesday, a group of Bay Area teens decided to let the brand know just how much
they don't appreciate the nostril assault. Teens Turning Green stormed an Abercrombie
& Fitch store in San Francisco's Westfield Mall, wearing surgical masks and gas
masks and carrying signs with slogans like "Stop the Perfume Pollution."
  And it wasn't the pungent aroma of disappointing prom nights and bad keg parties
that they were protesting. Recent lab analysis by the nonprofit advocacy group
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics revealed that A&F's "Fierce" fragrance contains 11
chemicals not listed on the ingredient label, many of which are sensitizers that can
trigger asthma, headaches and contact dermatitis. One (diethyl phthalate) has been
linked in some studies to sperm damage in adult men and abnormal reproductive
development in baby boys ...
  While it's not clear that spraying "Fierce" can cause such health problems, the group
says A&F shoppers in nearby Village at Corte Madera, an open-air mall in Marin
County, complained of headaches, sore throats, coughing and nausea to the point that
mall management asked that branch to remove their storefront sprayers. (The store
  "This demonstrates that there can be simple change in practices to protect our air,
health and environment," the group wrote in a petition to Mike Jeffries, the company's
CEO, which asked the chain to stop spraying "Fierce" in and around all of its retail
locations across the country.
  The group is still waiting for the CEO's response, but the San Francisco store wasn't
too pleased with them on Tuesday. Store managers responded to the protest by closing
the location to all customers and calling the police.
  "It was interesting that the powers that be felt the need to send three police squad
cars to protect A&F from the teens," notes Stacy Malkan, a Campaign for Safe
Cosmetics spokesperson and author of "Not Just a Pretty Face," who participated in
the protest and noted that "the cologne's stench was overwhelming even from 20 feet
away on the sidewalk!"
  Police said the protesters could picket the sidewalk, but would be arrested if they
entered the store.
  We love Teens Turning Green co-president Emily Packer's cool response: "We may
have trespassed in your store, but we want to tell you, you're trespassing on our rights
and on our health." Game on.
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