So we had to go to Florida for my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary. Happy occasion, delighted to attend.
But it mandated a new outfit, as I had nothing suitable to wear. Now, I hate shopping to the point where my blood pressure rises as I drive into the parking lot at the mall. So I dashed into Lord and Taylor, the store where I’ve had the best luck finding things that look nice. Found an outfit - pants, top, loose overshirt. Found another outfit - a dress - which was sort of a bonus as I could use something like that. Paid for all.
Went home. Packed. The L&T garments were put - still in their protective bag - in a garment bag. Travelled to Florida. Put on pants and top. Went to put on overshirt. The damn thing still had the protective tag. The clerk forgot to remove it.
Clearly it was ineffective, as no alarm went off when I left the store.
So. Pissed as hell, off came the outfit, on went the dress (which I’d brought just in case we though the event was dressier than planned).
This is the second time this has happened at that same department store. The last time I bought 12 garments. They left the tags on three of them. When I stomped back into the store a week later - at a mall that is hideously inconvenient to me - they seemed surprised that I wanted payback (I asked for a small discount… a grand total of 4% of my large purchase) for the major inconvienience of dealing with their employee’s screwup. The alternative, of course, was that I would return every single thing I had purchased that I had not already worn…
The garment from Florida will be returned. Not just the shirt in question, but the whole DAMN outfit, unless they give me a discount, as their screwup rendered the outfit unusable for the intended purpose.
Here’s hoping they will accept a printout of my credit card statement in lieu of a receipt, too - the receipt somehow went missing between here and Florida. Grrrrrr.