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dress code?

Posted Sun September 10, 2006 7:25 pm, by A S. written to Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.

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There is no specific store for this complaint, since I've been to a few in Connecticut, but EVERY time I go into one.. Mainly in Rocky Hill and Manchester, the employees are always wearing something unprofessional. One time I went in and the lady was wearing a tank top. I know this company probably doesn't have a specific dress code, but I think since mostly every other business has a dress code, they should have to abide by SOMETHING. It's kind of a turnoff to the customer, in my opinion, going into a store and having the employee wearing a revealing tank top and looking rather dirty to say it nicely.

Have your employees abide by a dresscode, or at least give suggestions of appropriate items of clothing to wear.


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by Frio Posted Thu November 24, 2011 @ 8:49 PM

First of all Costumers come in wearing pjs and a tank top with no bra.
Some Costumers come in and Shit down the stationary aisle or smear
shit all over the walls of the bathroom. So you want to talk about

by DR DVH Posted Sat January 15, 2011 @ 10:13 AM

I am a new employee at Dollar Tree...I have read all these statements.
I hear and agree with the statements about the dress of an employee,
unless body parts are hanging out, should not reflect on the customer
service provided by that employee. If you are focused on how a person
is dressed and not on the service you receive then I believe it is you
that has the issue....jealous that you are not wearing that top maybe?
And YES!!!! the customers astound me every day. I see very
professional looking customers enter the store and when they get into
my line to check out I am amazed that I even thought they might be
sophisticated. It takes all kinds to make the world go round. But on
the other hand, us employees should not complain either, because in
todays world...we should just be thanking our lucky stars we have a
job, even a minimal minimum wage paying one. There are literally
thousands that had GOOD HIGH PAYING jobs who are not money less and
homeless. I think if everyone could just be courteous to one another,
customer and employees, things would go much smoother. And who ever
set the standards for what is appropriate and what is not. There are
all kinds of people and all kinds of taste. Todays work dress ethics
are not the same as the suit and tie years ago. Longer hours, greater
workload for less pay and more difficult customers due to the economic
strain can force people to at least want to be dressed comfortable for
the work day.

(And how much do you want to bet that those who do complain about the
clothes employees wear are taken care of and do not have to work. I
see this too often.)


by Nunya Posted Thu July 30, 2009 @ 11:36 PM


Dollar Tree does have a dress code. It's no blue jeans, no t-shirts.
If her tank top bothered you so much why don't you give her the $15.00
to buy a Dollar Tree polo. Perhaps if the store gave its employees
the shirts, everyone would look the same.

You shouldn't complain about her. Did she stink? Was she rude? I
have more rude customers approach me every 15minutes there asking me
to find something because they are too lazy to walk a whole 10 aisles
preventing me from getting my stock done. They will yell at you from
across the room. They will approach you from behind when you are
literally giving another customer change. (That isn't safe, and I
will ask them to get from behind me.) People will open things up in
front of you, then justify it as it's only a dollar. Well, it's
wrong. If you're not buying it, don't destroy it. We do have
inventory. We do have a 1.5% to keep under. If things are damanged,
it effects us, there for effects YOU, the CUSTOMER getting such great
deals on name brand items.

People don't understand that $5,000, means 5,000 sometimes more items
were sold out of the store in one day alone. Do you know who stocks
that? The managers, that cashier in the tanktop. You shouldn't be
looking at her as a piece of meat to begin with.

I love to shop, and I don't treat any cashier the way I've been
treated, or have seen my cashiers treated. Money thrown on the
counter, change just flung. It's got to a point, if you point the
change on the counter instead of my hand, I am putting your change
back on the counter. So you can scoop it up. =)


Really by Frio Thu November 24, 2011 @ 8:43 PM
by Jess M. Posted Fri July 10, 2009 @ 10:09 PM

I'm a 24 year old part-time employee of Dollar Tree/part-time student.
And I must say from working at this place I've never seen people at
their worst. I've never been more disgusted by customers.
Some of you people say you're offended because a woman wears a tank
top to a job she probably works really hard at.
Working so hard for a job that DOES only pay minimum wage, ONLY allows
15-20 hours a week and gives only 10 minute breaks after picking up
after the tons of slobs that come through the store and complain when
the lines are long even though the cashier is doing their best.
I've never seen so many people drive up in their BMW's and Mercedes
etc and try to swindle the cashier for some kind of deal on $1.00
items. I'm offended to see people being so uptight about clothing,
piercings, tattoos, shorts etc.
We actually aren't allowed to wear tank tops, flip flops or shorts in
a place where you barely feel the AC(if there is one?)so that we don't
offend these always so polite, always so well dressed, well mannered
Working there I've met some of the greatest people(co-workers)who have
just been dealt a bad hand in life and are forced to work these jobs
where they have to listen to complaints from people offended by a tank
Personally I don't particularly like the way some people dress but,
incase you haven't noticed, people in work places and outside of work
places wear tank tops appropriate or not, that's life and it happens,
people need to stop trying to control everything.

Also, to those people who said they wear tank tops and short skirts
etc outside of work but think tank tops are inappropriate in a work
place. I'm not sure if you're aware or not, but most people frown
upon/are disgusted by mini skirts even when out of a work place. Would
you let them tell you how to dress? Because people don't even approve
of that kind of dress in general. Also, if you really don't see why
some might want to wear a tank top to work, then you aren't really


I... by Frio Thu November 24, 2011 @ 8:46 PM

by Quasi_Mondo Posted Tue September 19, 2006 @ 9:53 AM

I used to work at Dollar Tree (many, many, many years ago, thank
goodness), and it's a very physical job. We were constantly stocking
and moving boxes and cleaning the store because the customers were
rude and inconsiderate slobs.
I can't begrudge her wearing comfortable clothing under the
circumstances. Granted, one could be just as comfortable in a polo,
etc. and get the job done. I know that there was a dresscode when I
worked there, but I can't remember the specifics.
All I can suggest is that if it bothered you that much (and I don't
mean this rudely), don't go back.


by Alley Posted Thu September 14, 2006 @ 10:06 PM

I SAID FORGET IT! dumb reason for writing a letter.


uuuummm... by mary jo Fri September 15, 2006 @ 12:09 PM
by gb Posted Thu September 14, 2006 @ 8:20 PM

The cashiers in my store wear shorts and tank tops in the summer, the
rule is they can't be revealing. Of course we have no air
conditioning and we would probably die otherwise.


by Courtdog Posted Thu September 14, 2006 @ 9:48 AM

I don't care how an employee is dressed, as long as they are helpful
and friendly when they are waiting on me/processing my
transcation/etc. I could just be biased here since I have worked at
Spencers for a 1.5 years--the dress code was casual and we could wear
anything but skirts and flip-flops really, and we didn't have to take
out any piercings if we had any. Nowadays, you have no clue what will
offend a customer. Facial piercings? Tattoos? "Street" clothes?
Having 9 fingers? Like I said, I don't care what employees wear as
long as they are good at their job. Plus, I am not offended too
easily by this sort of thing.


by Andrew Lenahan Posted Thu September 14, 2006 @ 9:03 AM

I guess that means you've done research and found that an employee in
a uniform is somehow able to better stock shelves and make change than
one in comfortable clothes?

If anything, I would think that the opposite is true: an emplyee's
productivity (not to mention morale/friendliness) probably benefits
from the increased comfort and range of motion than if they were
wearing a uniform or something dressy.

There's also the practical/financial side of things: most places
require employees to own their work clothes or uniforms, which usually
can't be reasonably worn much outside work. That means an extra five
days' worth of laundry every week, plus the cost of buying the clothes
in the first place. Since we're talking about a dollar store here,
five days worth of truly nice clothes is probably a couple weeks' pay
at least.

I'm not really going to touch the issue of whether tank tops are
revealig or "dirty", since that's your opinion and you're welcome to
it, but I will say that anyone who still gets the vapours over such
things in this day and age is probably going to have a rough time of


Again, assumptions by tickytack Thu September 14, 2006 @ 9:54 AM

Of course by Andrew Lenahan Thu September 14, 2006 @ 11:07 AM

And.. by *Brenda* Thu September 14, 2006 @ 1:07 PM

by mary jo Posted Wed September 13, 2006 @ 4:33 PM

I have to say that while I dont think every company and every job
should have a dress code..I DO think there are things that should be
on a no-no list. From my experience in retail I have learned that no
dress code equals happy employees. I worked in a party store once that
the dress code was tan pants and a blue shirt. You could wear pretty
much whatever you wanted so long as it wasnt too tight, too revealing,
ect. And we were HAPPY! LOL!

But like I said..there SHOULD be a list like NO: tank tops, flip
flops, short shorts, mini skirts...ect.

Even at the Dollar Tree...which I love by the way.

However, I applied for a job at the Dollar Tree last year and found
out that, except for managers, all employees are part time. So I am
guessing that is why they arent too hard on what they wear to work.

by Gerald R Posted Wed September 13, 2006 @ 10:33 AM

Generally, employers set their dress codes according to customer
contact. Dollar Tree stores and chains like it seem to be very lax
when it comes to dress codes. It could be that this is what they
think of their customer base.


by Gino Version 1.2 Posted Wed September 13, 2006 @ 12:03 AM

I actually agree. The green apron with the name tag is simply not
enough. I've given this one some thought. Then I said to myself "Self?
Have you ever seen what SHOPPERS at the dollar store wear?" And "Self"
replied.... oh yeah.. green apron and name tag MORE than covers the
unifrorm issue.

Actually I've seen nothing wrong with whatever the employees are
wearing beneath their aprons. All the appropriate areas are well
covered (except for the lower rear quarters...which one hardly ever
looks at or lingers too long on). Perhaps full uniforms would push the
prices way too high.... lets face it...they're not making tons of
money working there...for the most part the stores are always well
stocked and busy.
So I think they're doing just fine the way they are.

I've seen worse than black tank tops..... in the pews at Church...and
I hear about fashion afterwards in the local diner and these are the
"experts" at judgement, fashion, gossip, and ridcule.

by Leslie8787 Posted Tue September 12, 2006 @ 4:07 PM

Has anyone thought that was the only thing the worker had to wear? I
am sure people working at dollar stores don't make much more than
minimum wage, If you are offended by her dress maybe you should invest
in some clothes for her. She is probably too absorbed paying her rent
and putting food in her children's mouths to worry about someone who
doesn't like tank tops.


Doesn't matter. by *Brenda* Tue September 12, 2006 @ 8:09 PM

I agree by Venice Wed September 13, 2006 @ 12:36 AM

I agree by Gerald R Wed September 13, 2006 @ 10:23 AM

No kidding! by tickytack Wed September 13, 2006 @ 12:08 PM
by Cubjunkie Posted Tue September 12, 2006 @ 12:55 PM

For the uniform comments no matter if you are wearing a company shirt,
a nametag and maybe even carrying a walkie talkie idiots will come up
and ask you if you work there.

It's happened to me. I always politely answered Yes can I help you.
But I wanted to answer "No this is the latest new fashion. Ugly green
polo shirt with nametag. And I carry this device to talk to the

A story about clothing. I worked for Penneys PT which was across the
street from my 9-5. One time they called me on my day off desperate.
I said "I could come in but they're doing some work on our office so
they are allowing jeans today so I'm wearing jeans and a blouse"
usually we were dressed M-Thursday but this was a Wednesday. I worked
every Friday at Penneys so would have to dress M-F (how fun)

They were desperate so my manager says "Pick out something under 50
dollars total and we'll pay for it"

I found a nice simple dress in the clearance section and bought nylons
and a pair of clearance flats for 40 total.

Turns out flu had hit the department hard. This was catalog and
credit so required special training you couldn't just move people
over. Was only person there besides the manager that night and she
had been there since 9 am.

Still have it all today and would wear the dress if I hadn't lost so
much weight. The shoes are still wearable 6 years later.

Tank tops are never appropriate except for if you work at a beach.


by Moof Posted Tue September 12, 2006 @ 9:05 AM

Let me start out by saying first that I have nothing against tank
tops, shorts, mini skirts, etc. I am not a prude I own and wear many
of these items. However, working in a retail setting myself I feel
like there are some things that are inappropriate for work. My place
of employment has a rather strict business casual with only certain
colors (black, white, grey, khaki, etc.) I think that a store should
require employees to have some form of a dress code (even if is just
Khakis and a polo shirt) believe it or not, when people dress up they
tend to feel better about themselves and act more mature. Yeah it's a
dollar store (I'm not saying require a suit and tie) but some kind of
dress code should be implemented at every job.


by natalie t Posted Tue September 12, 2006 @ 7:59 AM

Don't they wear a vest or smock? And was the lady wearing a bra? I
hope so


by Venice Posted Tue September 12, 2006 @ 12:47 AM

I happen to agree with this letter, not because I have anything
against tank tops, but because I think the employees of any store
should dress in similar clothing so they are set apart from the
customers, making them easily identifiable as employees. For instance,
Target employees are required to wear red shirts, which makes it easy
to find them in the store.

Some clothing is considered inappropriate in a business setting, and
just because it's a dollar store shouldn't mean the employees can wear
whatever they want. I think the manager should have the right to set
a dress code for the employees, as they are representing the store or
business and should make a good impression, and yes, even if they're
making minimum wage or it's only a dollar store.


all employees should wear neon orange polo shirts by Nay Tue September 12, 2006 @ 1:05 AM

haha... with sirens and flashing lights! (n/t) by Venice Tue September 12, 2006 @ 3:13 PM

by nick l Posted Tue September 12, 2006 @ 12:00 AM

A tank top is probably a tad unprofessional for somebody who's going
to be interacting with customers. But then again, this is a dollar
store we're talking about. I hardly expect dollar store employees to
be dressed in three-piece suits and fancy dresses.

It would be really off putting to me if I went to, say Saks Fifth
Avenue and was waited on by somebody in a wifebeater.


by Nay Posted Mon September 11, 2006 @ 11:57 PM

we should all dress in fancy suits and talk with an english accent


Re: dress code? by ntxwire4 Tue September 12, 2006 @ 1:52 PM
by p d Posted Mon September 11, 2006 @ 11:18 PM

I completely agree with you. It doesn't matter if it's a Dollar Tree
or the most expensive store in the world. A person should still be
dressed decently.

I think the way some stores let their employees dress is just plain


by Prefect Zachary Posted Mon September 11, 2006 @ 11:05 PM

What is it your business what other people wear? If you are so
"offeneded" by what they where go to somewhere more expensive. How
would you like it if someone was nitpicking what you wear.


by Alley Posted Mon September 11, 2006 @ 8:06 PM

ok apparently my complaints are too stupid for this website.


Have you ever... by Jeffrey Mon September 11, 2006 @ 8:54 PM

just this one by Prefect Zachary Mon September 11, 2006 @ 11:10 PM

I actually agree with you by RedheadWGlasses Tue September 12, 2006 @ 12:17 PM

It does boggle the mind by tickytack Tue September 12, 2006 @ 1:17 PM

Same story here by RedheadWGlasses Tue September 12, 2006 @ 1:45 PM

Not unusual by tickytack Wed September 13, 2006 @ 12:13 PM
by Mike Holly Posted Mon September 11, 2006 @ 7:47 PM

At least, they do not have their faces and bellybuttons pierced. I do
not object to people having their lips, eyebrows, noses, and
bellybuttons pierced but it is innapropiate for employees to have
those while at work.


Facial piercings by Peregrina Mon September 11, 2006 @ 10:18 PM

EWWWWW by natalie t Tue September 12, 2006 @ 8:01 AM

by Jeffrey Posted Mon September 11, 2006 @ 9:41 AM

I'm surprised. You've been here long enough to know a reasonable
complaint and a silly one. If someone else posted this letter, you'd
be all over them.

While, of course, your opinion is welcome, this one seems a bit off.
First, it's a dollar store. Junky merchandise, junky employees. OK,
maybe that's not fair since there are likely plenty of quality of
employees working at these stores. But when I go into a dollar store,
I expect dirty. I expect skanky. I expect English to not be spoken.
It's just how it is, at least in my experience, and it doesn't bother

Second, the clothes you're talking about are legal street clothes.
They may not meet you taste (or mine), but as long as they are street
legal, they seem fair for employees of a (again) dollar store.

How would you feel if a dollar store clerk threw you out because they
didn't like your clothes? Or if your boss asked you to change clothes
because a customer complained? I'm sure you'd argue that you clothes
are just fine, thank you very much. Right?


by A Nicer Amanda Posted Mon September 11, 2006 @ 8:49 AM

whats wrong with a tank top? AGGGGGG I am so tired of "old school"
thinking. Didja know in the west they are allowed to wear tank tops to
school? I wish they'd atch up with times around here!


by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sun September 10, 2006 @ 9:59 PM

For crying out loud, it's the DOLLAR store.

And you're surprised by a tank top? Have you seen how skankily the
young women dress these days? Even for office jobs (what office
managers tolerate this, I don't know)?

Believe me, if professional offices can't get a handle on how young
women dress, the dollar stores can't either.


Seriously by Brennie Mon September 11, 2006 @ 12:06 AM

I don't think.. by *Brenda* Mon September 11, 2006 @ 12:55 AM

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