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13 Hot Topic Employees Confess What Really Goes Down Behind The Scenes

Updated September 18, 2019 6.1m views13 items

Working at a Hot Topic means interacting with some unusual customers. From a man claiming to be a dragon to awkward encounters with bronies, Hot Topic horror stories are similar to GameStop employee stories - a very interesting read. In the following Reddit threads, former and current Hot Topic employees share their experiences about working at a store that's thought to be a refuge for teenage goth kids. 

Not everything is terrifying, though. There are some refreshing stories about the lax dress code and relatively non-judgmental nature of the staff. Does that make up for foul-smelling customers and demanding middle-aged mothers? You can be the judge of that. If you've ever wondered what it's like to work at Hot Topic, these responses should give you a glimpse into that world. 

  • Always Wash The Clothes You Buy Before Wearing Them

    From Redditor /u/exhtemployee:

    Hot Topic attracts the smelly kids like you wouldn't believe. If you shop there, make sure you wash what you buy before you wear it. When some kid smelled up a Resident Evil shirt while coveting it in the fitting room, all I could do was Febreeze it and hope for the best.

  • Employees Are Not As Judgmental As You Might Think

    From Redditor /u/deStone:

    I am a thirty-year-old dad that wears polo shirts and occasionally goes to Hot Topic to listen to random alternative-metal CDs from artists I've not heard of... Do the employees mock me after I leave?

    From Redditor /u/HotTopicThrowaway666:

    No! If anything, we think it's pretty cool that you're willing to give the music a listen. The only people we really 'mock' or make fun of are just bad customers, shoplifters, and annoying people. It's rad that you come in! Don't feel out of place.

  • The Dress Code Is Pretty Lax, Except On Halloween

    From Redditor /u/exhtemployee

    I wore a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers to work everyday. Once in awhile, we'd have a big visit from regional management or someone else high up, so I'd wear a skirt and some flats or something. 

    And as for the goth-y part, I never considered myself goth. I think the feel of the store was gothic, but it wasn't really my thing. And truth be told, I only worked with a handful of people over the years who would have considered it their thing.

    The only time when they were really super concerned with what we were wearing was during Halloween. There were theme days and we were supposed to participate. But the only thing they could do if we didn't was lecture us about team moral.

  • 'Harry Potter' Fans Are More Annoying Than 'Twilight' Fans

    From Redditor /u/ejchristian86:

    How often do you feel the need to stab Twilight fans who come in and squeal over the merch?

    From Redditor /u/HotTopicThrowaway666:

    Personally, the 30-year-old Harry Potter fans annoy me more. But I'll tolerate anyone who helps fund my paychecks!