Attack of the BloodSucking BedBugs at Abercrombie & Fitch
July 3, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Eww, gross! Bedbugs make us think of Colonial America, or Dickensian England or a wretched fleabag flophouse, but think again. Since the late 90s, bedbugs have been on the rise, after developing a resistance to DDT. And the disgusting bloodsucking creatures are turning up in high-end retail stores, fancy hotels and upscale apartment buildings across America, especially in Manhattan of late. The bedbug infestation problem is so severe in Manhattan that Abercrombie & Fitch was recently forced to shut down two of its trendy stores in South Street Seaport and SoHo, after the critters made themselves at home in the store’s hoodies and jeans and began feasting on staff. Now, Abercrombie Chairman and CEO Michael S. Jeffries is pleading with Mayor Bloomberg to please destroy the disgusting creatures with a nuclear bomb or something.
In a letter, Jeffries implored Bloomberg for “leadership and guidance” on how to solve “the growing infestation of bedbugs in New York City.”
But the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said commercial locations are pretty much on their own and need to employ their own bug control methods.
Other Abercrombie & Fitch locations have been tested and the bedbugs at the two shuttered stores have been eliminated, according to a statement by Eric Cerny, manager for investor relations.
The South Street Seaport store and and the SoHo “Hollister Epic” location will reopen on Saturday sans bloodsucking bedbugs.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Ruehl boi11386/Abercrombie & Fitch store