Alleged Former Ross Dress For Less Employees Warn Customers on TikTok and Reddit of Unsanitary In-Store Conditions

Joel Eisenberg

The stalwart clothing company, in the midst of an expansion, is also being criticized online by customers.
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In terms of location count, Ross Dress For Less is among the most visible such chains in the country. reports: There are 1,697 Ross Stores locations in the United States as of November 07, 2022. The state with the most number of Ross Stores locations in the US is California, with 336 locations, which is about 20% of all Ross Stores locations in the U.S.

The company is a stalwart, and yet in recent weeks has been the target of alleged ex-employees who are repeatedly warning the public about some questionable safety issues.

Let us explore further.

Ross Dress For Less, 2022

According to a November 12th piece from via, entitled “5 Warnings to Shoppers From Ex-Ross Employees,” the popular chain has been challenged by issues of its own making.

As excerpted from the article: I think you should shower after trying on clothes at any fitting room. Bed bugs and lice are very common. I used to work at Ross. Those clothes are never cleaned," claims ex-employee Alpha8472 on Retail Watchers. Another former employee doubled down on this claim in the comments section of a TikTok video, saying, "I used to work at Ross and everything is Unsanitary!" The poster of the video added, "I worked at 2 Rosses&they both had problems with mice."

If true, such conditions may cause health hazards.

The article goes on to state: “I worked at Ross for about a week before I couldn't handle it anymore… Managers would tell me, 'don't worry too much about folding or organizing, just get stuff off the floor,'" MundaneNhilist wrote on Reddit. Another commenter added, "Any holiday was 10 times worse." In a separate Reddit thread, yet another former employee joked, "I used to work at Ross…I called it Ross Mess for Less instead of Dress for Less!"

Such complaints about the company proliferate online, including social media sites as a targeted Google search would verify. Clothing, for example, has in some instances allegedly been found on unclean floors minutes before being re-hanged and tried on again. Near closing time is when the issue is most egregious, per multiple reports.

Customers also have spoken up against the mess, which is said to be prevalent in many of Ross’ U.S. locations per numerous posts on consumer sites such as See here. However, the company consistently offers high savings and sales on its product, which in part accounts for its popularity.


Ross Dress for less is a perennially popular clothing chain presently undergoing a notable expansion. It is not unusual for employees past and present, of many longstanding companies, to take to the internet and air grievances.

Of late, though, customers also have continued to speak up.

In the event of pertinent updates to this matter, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

Thank you for reading.

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