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I didn't steal it

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I went to the college bookstore to purchase my books for my spring term classes today. I decided also, spur of the moment, to pick up a hoodie as well. I love them in winter! I went to try it on when I got home and realized they forgot to remove the security thing from my shirt. It's a big plastic thing on one side and a metal round piece on the other side. I called the bookstore and found they are closed until after the new year.

Anyone have any ideas on how to remove the thing? I can't get it off without damaging the shirt and I don't want to have to wait to wear it, it's cold outside now
post #2 of 21
I had that happen to me except the item was a skirt, and my Grandma had paid for it and she had the receipt, so I couldn't prove that it was paid for. I ended up having to cut the thing out, but it was located in a spot that I could do that, and not be noticeable. I don't have any suggestions, except if you have the receipt, maybe you could find another store that has a similar device and remover, and explain the situation and prove with the receipt that it had been paid for, but you'd like them to remove another store's device. I don't know if that would work, or not. Some stores may not be willing to remove another store's device.
post #3 of 21
I went to work with one on (it was on a blazer) I wouldn't recommend messing with it yourself. It's a shame that the place is closed
post #4 of 21
I had that happen once. The day of my senior pictures I got out my outfit my Aunt had bought in NY (I live 6-7 hours away) and found the security thing on the skirt. I believe there is a trick you can do with a rubberband or something. I'm not sure. I remember my friend, who was an assistant manager for a clothing store, telling me there was something people would do to steal the clothse and I think it was using a rubber band.
post #5 of 21
DEFINITELY don't try to remove it yourself. As long as you have the receipt, it shouldn't be any hassle to get them to take it off once they open again. Had that happen to me too. You wonder at the effectiveness if you can walk in and out of stores and not have the alarm go off.
post #6 of 21
I just googled it, and so far the only advice I found was to cut the metal part with plyers.
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
I just googled it, and so far the only advice I found was to cut the metal part with plyers.

I found that too It's sooooo frustrating!
post #8 of 21
I'd try a shop with the same system.
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Blah! I just used the pliers to pry the metal piece from the plastic. I ended up with a hole

Lickily it's on the elastic band at the bottom of the shirt so it won't be very noticeable. I thought about getting out a needle and thread, but then the thought of me sewing crossed my mind and I realized I would just make things worse!
post #10 of 21
Get an iron on applique for that spot!!
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GailC
Get an iron on applique for that spot!!
Gail, Great idea!!!
I think I have some actually
post #12 of 21
I work at a store where we use the "ink tags". If one gets left on by accident and someone complains we usually offer them $5 for their trouble. (Time, gas, etc.)

I would call the store and ask for a small discount after you explain the situation. As long as you are nice about it, it can't hurt to ask

Bobbie
post #13 of 21
try a large magnet.
post #14 of 21
I would ask for a replacement. It was their fault that the tag was still on, and you wanted to wear the garment. They should provide you with a new, undamaged replacement.
post #15 of 21
Any luck yet? I would be so frusterated

I had that happen to me back in High School, I went to a store and got a shirt and came home and realized that it was still on there, the worst part is, is that I bought that shirt especially for school pictures the next day, and I couldn't wear it cuz it woulda been visable in the photo, I was VERY upset...they gave me a discount for their store when I explained to them the situation, they were really nice about it tho. Since then, I've learned to inspect all clothing before I leave the store after paying!
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
I can't do anything right now since I bought it at the college bookstore and they are closed until after the New Year. I am not terribly worried about it at this point. I did like Gail's idea about the iron on. It is just a small hole so I would use the iron on to help prevent it from getting larger. I am wearing the shirt today as a matter of fact, and since it is on the elastic band at the bottom you can't see it.
post #17 of 21
you get a hammer
post #18 of 21
Magnets usually work. If it's one of those ink thingies, you should put it in the freezer so it won't explode. Hopefully no shoplifters aren't on this site looking for tricks to get one off!
post #19 of 21
Try using a magnet. It happened to me once. The girl at sears never took it off, so I took it back to get it off. It's a good thing I found it before I left the mall
post #20 of 21
Clothes tags make me really itchy and one day I got so frustrated that I just tore it off. Made a huge hole in my brand new $50 dickies singlet
post #21 of 21
Perhaps some other store with a similar security device would have the little thingy that's made to take it off, Tanya? Glad you got your new hoodie, now sure hope you'll be able to really enjoy it soon!
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