Is it just me, or are more and more shop clerks forgetting to remove the electronic tags on clothing these days? I wrote about an experience with American Eagle a couple of years ago, a post which gets plenty of Google hits from
shoplifters disgruntled customers in similar situations.
A few weeks ago, the day before I left for Rome on vacation, I bought a pair of pants at Debenhams in Uxbridge. When I went to pack them, I discovered a heavy tag hanging on the hem. I didn't have time to take them back, which means the new pants I bought for my trip had to stay home. Finally I brought them back to Debenhams, waited in line at one of their two tills, and had the tag removed. (Fortunately I'd kept the receipt.) Then I decided as long as I was at the mall, I'd look for something for the girls.
I found some really cute holiday sweaters, with jumping reindeer and chirpy snowmen, and watched carefully as the clerk removed the tags. Yet just now, when I went to wrap those cute holiday sweaters* I noticed another tag, right on Rudolph's nose!
Fortunately, my husband has a Dremel tool, and knows how to use it. He sawed off the plastic part of the tag, carefully in case there was ink inside. (There wasn't.) Because no way was I going back to the Uxbridge mall.
If you're a shop clerk, please remember to remove the tags. Especially if you work at the Uxbridge mall.
*You don't think I'd say what I really bought them here, do you?
**My first post wasn't nearly so polite. I'm getting really pissed off about this. Why don't they just quit putting them on there in the first place, or use the fabric tags that some stores have nowadays?