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Former Hot Topic Employees, We Wanna Know Your Secrets From The Job

If you worked at a Hot Topic between the years 2000 and 2010, we're talking to you.

Hot Topic: an absolute staple in 2000s American adolescence.

And these specific doors were the right of passage.

'Twas the go-to destination for all things alternative, black, and studded.

hot topic please be emo and punk again. i dont want more office merch i want borderline goth clothes to scare old people

So now, as I look back on my own teenage Hot Topic experiences, I'm curious about the secrets and stories former Hot Topic employees have from back in the day.

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Like, maybe you had to Febreze the clothes a lot since the majority of people trying them on were pubescent kids with foul B.O.


Or maybe you'd have people come in pretty regularly to return whatever their kid had bought because they thought the store was evil.


Perhaps you and your ✨cohorts✨ would even give each other piercings in the back room sometimes!!!

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Whatever secrets you've been keeping since your Hot Topic days, we wanna hear 'em! Let us know in the comments below and you juuuuust might be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!!!