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The actors and models who worked on an Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) Gulfstream G550 jet had crystal-clear rules for serving Chief Executive Officer Michael Jeffries.
Clean-shaven males had to wear a uniform of Abercrombie polo shirts, boxer briefs, flip-flops and a “spritz” of the retailer’s cologne, according to an “Aircraft Standards” manual, disclosed in an age-discrimination lawsuit brought by a former pilot. Among the 40-plus pages of detailed instructions: black gloves had to be used when handling silverware and white gloves to lay the table, the song “Take Me Home” had to be played when passengers entered the cabin on return flights and Jeffries’s dogs — identified in the document as Ruby, Trouble and Sammy — had different seating arrangements based on which ones were traveling.
Jeffries has come under fire for his flying habits in the past. In 2010, the board agreed to pay him $ 4 million to limit his personal use of the company jet to $ 200,000 annually beginning with the fiscal year ended Jan. 29, 2011.
The standards manual was personalized by Smith in conjunction with the Jeffries Family Office, an Ohio limited liability corporation he heads that “advocates for the personal interests of Abercrombie’s CEO,” court documents show. Smith negotiates Jeffries’s compensation and manages his investments and residences, he said in the June deposition, which was filed by the ex-pilot on Aug. 6.
America: where our rich people have their own limited liability corporations set up for the sole purpose of advocating that they, personally, get nice things, and where if you’re horribly abusing the perks given to you by the company you head they pay you $ 4 million to stop. Yes, Mitt Romney’s people are just so damn hard up these days.