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Frustrated Workers Say Their Liquidating Store Has Devolved into Chaos; a ‘Free for All’ of Rampant Theft

For beleaguered Barneys employees, nearly a week without pay was just the latest incident in a series of frustrating events that have occurred in recent months amid a chaotic liquidation process.

According to four Barneys employees interviewed by Business Insider on the basis of anonymity in order to protect their jobs, conditions at the 7th Avenue store in New York City have devolved significantly since the department store’s bankruptcy and subsequent acquisition by Authentic Brands Group. The employees — who have worked for the luxury department store in durations ranging from one to four years — reported that understaffed floors have contributed to growing rates of theft, leading to an estimated thousands of dollars’ worth of loss.

During a visit to the liquidating store on Wednesday afternoon, employees were seen milling about aimlessly among bare shelves and displays of haphazardly strewn products. Malaise was palpable among team members, many of whom expressed frustration over delayed paychecks caused by a “cyber incident” Friday that left them unpaid for nearly a week. Employees said they were paid on Thursday morning… Business Insider

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