Honey Birdette Under Fire For Allegedly Making Staff Change Lightbulbs

Controversial lingerie brand Honey Birdette has come under fire once again, this time for a TikTok video that appears to show a staff member changing a retail store’s lightbulb on his own despite WHS standards.

The anonymous TikTok account @ still.not.your.honey posted a video last week showing what appears to be a Honey Birdette store manager teaching staff how to change a light bulb themselves. The video claims that this was done to reduce the costs of hiring a professional.

“So what you have to do is twist the fixture and it will fall off like this,” says the woman in the video as she unplugged a lit light bulb and exposed herself to the electrical wiring in the ceiling.

“These are all rubber and plastic, so you can’t get electrocuted, but be careful.”

Then you replace the bulb and plug it back in, with @ still.not.your.honey noticing that the power is still on as you do so. Oh!

@ still.not.your.honey

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Comments on the video showed outrage at the idea that retail staff should change bulbs themselves, as in retail settings this is often done by someone with the appropriate license or qualification, to avoid security incidents at the location of job. Especially if it is not within the contract of sales assistants to perform electrical work.

“People don’t realize that honey birdette (sic) is like Victoria’s Secret and these are customer service personnel, not electricians,” wrote one commenter.

“Big difference between the domestic and the commercial. commercial (sic) must always have contractors, particularly because of ohs and safe work and liability, ”said another.

Others made jokes about possible job insurance claims, with one TikToker writing, “They won’t save money when job security takes over hahaha.”

Since then, the TikTok account behind the video has shared other criticisms of the workplace, including screenshots of Honey Birdette’s staff manual.

One video shows a screenshot saying that ‘honeys’ should wear high heels during the ‘peak period’ of their shift, which happens to be most of the day, as peak is defined as 11am. M. To close, and also shifts outside of 6:00 p.m. business hours. M. At 9:00 p. M. During night shopping.

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Another shows the very long and staff-specific uniform guide, which includes red lipstick and maintained regrowth mandates.

A recent video shares an old news clip of a Honey Birdette staff member posing in lingerie as the founder. Eloise Monaghan encourages male clients to compare staff body types with that of their partners.

The TikTok account criticized this as ‘objectifying’ the team members, while viewers commented in shock that the clip made the news.

@ still.not.your.honey

It’s okay to objectify sales assistants if you justify the sales, though right #honeybirdette? #stillnotyourhoney #worksafe #hb #youngworkers #fairfax

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This is not the first time that Honey Birdette has come under fire for alleged mistreatment of staff, and former employees protested the company’s ‘sexist’ working conditions in 2016.

PEDESTRIAN.TV has contacted Honey Birdette seeking comment.

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