An Abercrombie & Fitch store in Virginia Beach, Virginia is under fire for displaying posters that featured men and women in objectionable states of undress. The manager of the Lynnhaven Mall store was cited by police on Saturday for disregarding previous warning to remove the photos.
One of the black and white photos shows three shirtless men, one with his upper buttocks showing. The other photo shows a woman whose breast is mostly exposed. The photos were seized by police and a summons was issued to the store manager. Customer complaints to the local police department prompted a warning that apparently went unheeded.
The manager faced the possibility of a $2,000 fine and one year in jail. City code makes it illegal to display obscene materials in a business that is open to juveniles. The corporate office is located in New Albany, Ohio. The Virginia manager has referred all inquiries to corporate.
The clothing chain has a reputation for its suggestive catalogs and promo photographs featuring models in varying degrees of undress. In 2003, the company stopped producing their A&F Quarterly catalog because of numerous customer complaints about the sexually suggestive print ads. A&F paid $50 million to settle a suit that accused the company of creating an all-white image, basically ignoring minorities in their ads.