November 11, 2010

Boots

Earlier this week, I bought a pair of winter boots at a store that is an hour away from my house.

I was in a hurry and had my toddler with me and didn't feel like taking off both of my shoes so I only tried on one boot. I left the other one wrapped up in the box.

There are lots of reasons why you should try on both shoes before you make a purchase. This is one of them:

The alarm didn't go off when I left the store.

I just did a "store locator" search online.

The closest store to me is the one where I bought the boots.

Awesome.

42 comments

Cherie said...

You can probably take it in to ANY store that has those security tags and have them remove it! Cute boots! I was just telling my husband that I need a pair of black boots and those are EXACTLY what I had in mind!

Anonymous said...

I guarantee, however, that when you walk into the store to have the tag removed, the alarm WILL go off. Been there.

Lisa, An American Mom said...

Aw, that sucks! :( But yeah, I'd bet you could try it at a different store first. Good luck!

jaywalker said...

take it to the same guy that cuts off your handcuffs. :)

Anonymous said...

Try a different store and take the receipt with you. I have worked retail and this happens often.
Debra

Anonymous said...

Since it's not an ink tag, you can just smash it with a hammer. I bought a purse once and they put the sensor inside the interior zippered pocket and by the time I noticed the stores were closed, so my bf just broke it off with a hammer.

Cindy said...

Winter boots in Orlando? Seriously?? ;)

Chalen said...

Fun. I went out shopping with my four today to stores outside our normal range of driving. One of the stores charged me twice for the same item and won't take care of it over the phone. And they won't do it at any of the other closer stores. Really makes me mad that I have drive all the way out there again. Well, at least I have an excuse to go back to the Bed, Bath & Beyond next door (which was the reason for the excursion in the first place).

Just Plain Tired said...

Looks like anything I'd suggest has been covered. I bought a pair of boots last year for ice fishing, and didn't take into account the number of socks I wear doing this. I was too stupid to take them back though. so now I'll be buying a new pair this winter I'm sure.

jabs1960 said...

Definately take the receipt with you to whichever store you do go to... otherwise, they may just think you shop-lifted them, and came to them for help in removing the security tag. You certainly do not look like a shop-lifter, but you would be surprised at what some criminals look like. Don't smash with a hammer though, you'll blemish the leather. The follow-up will be another tastey blog!!

Brenda said...

Google "security tag removal" and you should be set. Plyers are what I used last time this happened to me. Twist in a certain way and you are free!

brossettelewis said...

ehh, just wear them with it on.

[Stacia] said...

When I lived in Alaska there were few places to shop. Thus, I ended up at JCPenney often. I swear to you, WITHOUT FAIL, they left a security tag on every time I went. I think it was their ploy to get me to come back and buy more. Granted, it wasn't an hour drive but it was downtown so it would take me at least half an hour to get there. And please don't ask why I didn't pay more attention. I realize how stupid it sounds now.

Kristine said...

happened to me, i had the receipt and they STILL thought I'd stolen it!

Kerrie (and Jason) said...

I have a pram we bought 4 years ago (yep 4 YEARS) which has a security tag still on it. We're still waiting for the kid that will use the pram so haven't taken it back yet to have the tag removed but amazingly I do have the receipt. How do you tell if the tag is an ink one or not I wonder.. if its not ink smashing it might be on the cards.
oh and re the boots - just wear em with the tag. It will the latest fashion in NO time. Just don't go shopping in them - ever. ;)

Amy said...

In keeping with the theme of leaving the tag on. Just have your son use a black magic marker to color the tag to match the boots.

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Katie said...

Same thing happened to me, left the store no alarm . . . even though the store was only 10 minutes away it was still a hassle. My husband had some wire snippers and took care of it.

Sami said...

Looks like the general theme of advice is to take it off, or wear it with it on.
I, am going to go another way.
When you go into the store to have it removed, throw them for a loop...
Ask them to put one on the other boot as well.
They'll never expect it.
It could be fun!

Anonymous said...

get a pair of wire clippers (also called dykes) they will take it off without damage to the boot

AlsoMean said...

thank you everyone, this was just the laugh I needed this morning!! I am sure there is an "eHow" article on security tag removal, but I do think that the bleeding edge fashion advice is to leave it on.

Anonymous said...

This happened to me once- except with a sparkle thong.

Andrea said...

Ive been there google security tag removal video will pop up its very easy to remove.

Anonymous said...

I work in retail and I would suggest not taking it to a different store (like different company). At my store we are not allowed to remove security tags from clothing from other stores because we have no way of knowing whether the items were stolen or not, even if they have a receipt we can't do it.

Yukon Chatter Bug said...

I was visiting a friend in Brandon, MB (2-hr drive from Winnipeg). The day before catching my flight home, I took a jaunt to Winnipeg to shop as I live in a northern community with very little stores.

I got back that evening only to discover that a dye security tag was still attached to a skirt I bought. My flight was at 6am the next morning.

Luckily, a friend of a friend took the risk of removing it with a different type of machine from his store and everything turned out well.

Janet said...

That same thing has happened to me=stinks bad!

Le Mama! said...

I use wire or padlock cuters on those things. I've had it happen many times!

Anonymous said...

I happen to know from personal experience that a pair of pliers and a flathead screwdriver can work wonders in this kind of situation... Good luck!

Jeni said...

Fantastic boots! Hope you get to wear them soon!!!

Lissa @ MyThriftyTreasures said...

Yep, any store should be able to take it off as long as you have the receipt. You can do it yourself at home with wire cutters too should you feel so inclined.

Michelle said...

That happened to me!!

My husband was able to take it off, so you can do it!!

Or just start a new trend!

Kelli said...

If you do leave it on, and wear it out on the town, will you take a picture of THAT and let us know how it goes?

Charlene said...

why not use it as an excuse to go back to the store and do some more shopping? Tell your husband you're going Christmas shopping and he needs to stay home with the kids, and you've got yourself some much needed alone time. Win-win!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to take the receipt with you!

Lahni said...

According to my husband, all you need to remove those security tags is a really strong magnet. Apparently, that's all that's in those fancy things they have at the store. It's worth a try, right?

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McKenzie said...

That sucks.. But cute boots!

Anonymous said...

Nice "hooker" boots!

Juli said...

Cute boot!

Michelle Saunderson said...

There are Youtube videos that show how to remove these. I just recently had to remove one from a pair of jeans my son bought.

Anonymous said...

I use to work in a department store. We take those off with a magnet.

Tasha Hickert said...

We bought a pair of shoes for our son once at a store an hour away. We were careful to make sure that both shoes were the same size BUT when we got home we realized we had 2 right shoes!! Yep, we got to drive back the next weekend.