“I just went to get my swimwear and I came back out and the lady behind me was giving me her swag bag,” said Tasha Rufus, a 25-year-old Washington Post photographer who has been documenting the pool scene for months.
“She just gave me a couple of dollars and I got a little swimwear for free.”
Rufuss says that’s how she and many others in her industry have been able to afford swimwear at Washington’s exclusive pools.
“It’s like, if I could get a little swag for free, I’d do it,” she said.
“I don’t have to make $15,000 a year to get the stuff I need.
I just go out and buy a little thing that’s free.”
A few years ago, the Washington Post was the first national newspaper to publish a photo of a pool full of free swag, which has become an iconic photo of Washington.
But the pool industry is slowly catching up to the photo, with many pool vendors selling swimwear to make money.
In Washington, the first pool vendor to post a photo on Instagram, @pools_couture, has been featured in the Washington Times and the New York Times.
The Washington Post also published a video of a man who says he paid $50 for a swimwear sample at an exclusive pool.
The man said he was in the middle of a business meeting and was surprised to be told he had paid $60 for a swag sample.
The practice has also grown in other cities like Los Angeles and New York, where a group of photographers and photographers’ advocates recently filed a lawsuit against the Washington Pool Co., claiming that pool vendors are ripping off customers and are ripping customers off.
“There’s this notion that there’s a monopoly,” said photographer Chris Kroll, who runs the Photography for Everyone blog.
“You’re going to get people who are willing to pay $150 or $200 or whatever, but they’re not going to buy the product, because they think they’re getting the product.”
In Washington, pool vendors have been selling swag to people in line at the pool, or they’ve even given out swag packs, which are reusable and are available in a variety of sizes.
But Kroll says that there are still barriers to entry for people who want to buy swag.
“If you’re going for a really cool swag like a swimsuit or a swim jacket, it’s really difficult to get it,” Kroll said.
“We don’t sell anything we don’t own.
We don’t give it away for free.
We want people to use our products.”
The Washington Pool has said that the swag is free, but not to everyone.
“Our swag packages are offered to those who have purchased swag and have returned the swags for credit,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“We do not offer swag vouchers for purchases of swag.”
In an email to The Washington Times, a pool spokesperson said: “We value our customers and we strive to make our services as convenient and as affordable as possible.”