While hundreds of people waited outside the new H&M store on King Street Thursday – some started waiting as early as 4:30 a.m. – local reporters covering the grand opening were getting a sneak peek at the deals inside during a press-only function.
A couple were also taking advantage of the deals, using their jobs as reporters to ‘beat the crowds.’ One of them wasn’t even on the clock at the time
How do we know? They tweeted about it.
A few journalists who saw the tweets told me they were shocked that not only would reporters use their access to get first crack at the deals but that they would brag about it on social media.
Hernandez and Wallace confirmed they bought the clothes.
— Haley Hernandez (@HernandezHaley) December 19, 2013
12:50 p.m. update: Hernandez has since tweeted that she wasn’t working when she used her job as a reporter to shop inside hours before the crowds waiting outside.
So what do you think? If you were one of the hundreds of people who waited in line would you be upset that reporters were using their press passes to slide in ahead of you or do you consider that a perk for journalists, even non-working ones?
Some early feedback: