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19 Things Harrods Employees Will Never Tell You

No, we don't get to sample everything from the food hall.

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1. Contrary to popular belief, we have not sampled every single beauty product on sale.

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The full-timers do their very best to brief them on what and where everything is, but they don't necessarily know every staff room door.

7. If we forget our name badge we MUST wear a temporary one, regardless of temporary badge availability.

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So if poor old forgetful Mike has to alias as Sally for the day then so be it.

8. The building swarms on a daily basis with plain clothed security, ready to pounce on anyone who looks suspicious.

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It’s always a laugh when a newbie employee doesn't recognise them yet and tries valiantly to sell one of them a Moncler puffer.


10. Harrods’ clientele can generally be divided into two groups: Snap-happy tourists and those who intend to spend lots of money.

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But of course we get all kinds of people, often looking to treat themselves.

11. Celeb sightings are sadly few and far between.

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The rich and famous tend to visit through private entrances into the building, sometimes even outside of opening hours.


16. You’d be surprised at the number of people who somehow believe that the memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi can only mean that they were buried UNDER Harrods.

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You can always rely on amazing questions to brighten up an otherwise dull shift.


17. On that note, Harrods was built in the 19th century, so no, the fibre optic lighting isn't original.

Note: This post is based on one person's experience of working in the store.