The Netherlands’ main grocery store chain has deserted a request for employees to add semi-naked pictures of themselves to an app so it might work out sizes for a brand new uniform.
Albert Heijn had referred to as on workers at a department within the japanese metropolis of Nijmegen to add images of themselves of their underwear or tight-fitting sports activities gear.
The transfer sparked widespread criticism on Dutch social media.
Abandoning the trial, the corporate admitted it ought to by no means have occurred.
Clearly appalled by the thought of a grocery store having a database of its staff of their underwear, the Dutch Information Safety Authority described it as weird.
Albert Heijn had “no grounds in any way to require its workers to do that”, it mentioned, suggesting uniform sizes could possibly be decided in a much less radical method.
The story was first reported by Dutch newspaper NRC, which mentioned a poster in regards to the technique for measuring the uniform had appeared in a workers canteen within the Nijmegen grocery store.
“Put on underwear or tight-fitting sportswear so the contours of your physique may be measured as precisely as attainable. And ask somebody that can assist you take the images,” it mentioned.
An e-mail to workers in Nijmegen, seen by NRC, reportedly mentioned that use of the app was “important and necessary”.
Nijmegen had been chosen to check out the app earlier than it was rolled out at Albert Heijn supermarkets throughout the nation.
Albert Heijn has insisted that participation within the trial was by no means necessary. A spokesman instructed Dutch media that the agency had been looking for a greater method of collating all of the sizes of its 100,000 staff and felt an app could be extra useful than receiving 100,000 emails.
In an announcement to the BBC on Tuesday, the corporate confirmed that it had been testing using an “progressive cellular app” to find out clothes sizes “in a fast and environment friendly method” earlier than introducing a brand new uniform throughout its 1,000 shops subsequent 12 months.
“On this check we requested associates to add a private photograph in close-fitted clothes or underwear for computerized analyses by the app. Though participation was voluntary and photos weren’t seen to Albert Heijn administration, this could by no means have occurred,” a spokesperson mentioned.
“We have now cancelled the pilot and we apologise to all concerned.”
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