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Cops seize "racy" promo photos from Abercrombie & Fitch store

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http://hamptonroads.com/2008/02/virginia-beach-police-seize-photos-abercrombie-store

Virginia Beach police seize photos from Abercrombie store

By Steve Stone
The Virginian-Pilot
© February 3, 2008

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VIRGINIA BEACH

Police, saying they were responding to citizen complaints, carted away two large promotional photographs from the Abercrombie & Fitch store in Lynnhaven Mall on Saturday and cited the manager on obscenity charges.

Adam Bernstein, a police spokesman, said the seizure and the issuance of the summons came only after store management had not heeded warnings to remove the images.

The citation was issued under City Code Section 22.31, Bernstein said, which makes it a crime to display "obscene materials in a business that is open to juveniles." He did not say what was being done with the pictures and when the manager, whose name was not released, is scheduled to appear in court.

The manager, reached by telephone, declined to comment on the incident Saturday, saying that he was conferring with and waiting for guidance from Abercrombie corporate officials.

The mural-like black-and-white photographs were taken from the store at midafternoon.

Bernstein confirmed that one depicts three shirtless young men from the back, walking through a field. The man in the lead appears to be about to pull up his jeans, which have slipped down enough to reveal his upper buttocks.

The same image is displayed on the Abercrombie Web site.

The other image is of a woman who is topless and whose "breast is displayed with her hand covering just the nipple portion," Bernstein said. "You could still pretty much see the rest of the breast."

The seizure was "prompted by several customer complaints, and the management of Abercrombie & Fitch was notified of those complaints," Bernstein said.

The company's corporate offices in New Albany, Ohio, were closed Saturday and no officials could be reached for comment.

Bernstein said the summons for a Class One misdemeanor was issued to the manager because there is no legal way to issue a summons to a corporate entity in such circumstances. The manager was not arrested but faces a fine of up to $2,000 and as much as a year in jail, if convicted.

Bernstein said that in a meeting last week with store management, the officer - who is assigned to routine patrol of the mall - said he understood it was a corporate decision as to what would be displayed in the stores. But he explained that that didn't exempt the local store from complying with the city code.

Bernstein said management was told specifically: "We want those advertising signs taken down."

When the officer returned to the store Saturday, Bernstein said, he found that the pictures were still in place.

Abercrombie & Fitch has earned a reputation for its risqué catalogues and promotional photography featuring scantily clothed models.

In 2003, the company halted publication of its 7-year-old A&F Quarterly catalog because of complaints about sexually suggestive photographs by award-winning photographer Bruce Weber.
 
But they've used similar photography in their stores and ads for years. :huh:
 
ah yes, the dummy that once made 'eye candy' thongs and underwear for under 10 year old. I swear they hired pedo to make the clothes and ads
 
I feel sorry for people who shop there.

"Zomg sexy photo! MUST SHOP!
...Zomg only $79.99 for a pair of torn jeans!? Count meh in!!"
 
I don't know......................that photo looks really gay to me..............................not that there's anything wrong with that. :o
 
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CHILD PORNOGRAPHY!
BESTIALITY!
INDECENT!
Burn the witc...the suntan lotion makers!!! :cmad:
 
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CHILD PORNOGRAPHY!
BESTIALITY!
INDECENT!
Burn the witc...the suntan lotion makers!!! :cmad:

You forgot interracial. Little black dogs(that's what rappers call each other) with little white girls.
 
You forgot interracial. Little black dogs(that's what rappers call each other) with little white girls.


Haha! You're bad, dude.


At any rate, I bet they had ONE ******* call and complain about these ads so the police overreacted and overstepped their bounds. They'll be getting their asses sued off by A&F's lawyers for their troubles and they deserve it. I despise A&F but they did nothing wrong at all, here.

jag
 
A&F is always getting **** for there ads, let it be coppers!
 
I saw that in the mall and was a little surprised. How much longer till they have full frontal nudity? I hate Abercrombie's choice of advertising.
 
(that's what rappers call each other)
Thank you for the Jive to Honkey translation.
I was like, "Huh....that's not a Black guy tugging on that little girl's bikini bottoms with his teeth. :huh:"



Anyway, I'll be the one to say, isn't it obvious that their "controversial" advertising is quite intentional, giving them tons of free publicity, when coupled with the fact that they are probably catering to people who think the outrage is ridiculous and not to people who would be offended?
 
LOL! I've been to that mall. It's one of the best in Hampton Roads.
And the Abercrombie and Fitch store is the most obnoxious store in the whole mall. You can hear the music from almost anywhere.
 
i maybe got a hoodie and a few shirts outta there shops, when i was in the states, but i always got the feeling that the staff were looking down on me for not being good enough.


f**kers
 
i always got the feeling that the staff were looking down on me for not being good enough.


f**kers
Then you should improve yourself till there's no doubt that they're all undressing you with their eyes and praying to God they'll be the one who gets to serve you.
 
I have only juts looked properly they dont even show their butts in those pics, what idiot complained.
 
And one of the comments on that article is kinda racist.
 
Just say no to crack. :o



Anyway, I've been to that mall. They had a pair of jeans in AF, size 1. :mad: :csad: :down Didn't Victoria's Secret get some grief for an add or some other store. I can't keep track, it's been a few years.
 
look the lead guy is a union plummer and he was on a break.
 
What about the pedo american apparel adds? Those stay up?
 
Headlines: Feb 4 2008

NUDE LIKE PHOTOS LEAD TO CONFISCATION

REALISTIC MURDER IN MOVIES, A-OK!

Do you see a problem here?
 
Then you should improve yourself till there's no doubt that they're all undressing you with their eyes and praying to God they'll be the one who gets to serve you.

f**k em, honestly i couldn't give a toss, i just smiled at the blokes, spoke to the cashier and got her phone number sadly i was flying home later that day, shame she had a great body
 
Abercrombie's store has a weird smell. It's like that cologne just wafts out into the mall area. That and Hollister. I just don't like Hollister because it's trying way too hard to be hip with its store design. Tubular surfing, dude.
 

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