OK, things like this only happen to me. Or not?
Last year my favorite clothing company put out a really nice pair of trousers. By favorite company I mean the one and only I shop at because I know what size I wear in their stuff, they have free shipping that comes overnight and I can Paypal them. Also everything they make is stretchy. Yes, that is my criteria when shopping for clothes. Clearly NY fashion week is lost on me.
Anyhow those pants sold out by the time I decided that I will after all splurge a hundred plus bucks on them. This time around I was on top of things and as soon as they emailed the newsletter on Monday night and I spotted the pants are back for Autumn I bought a pair. Also Apple announced that morning that the new iPhone was going to be released on the 20th and I have been waiting for it since March and I really, really want it. So knowing I cannot buy it for next 10 days I absolutely had to treat myself to a consolation prize. It was either the pants, a new camera or Best of Milli Vanilli album. I reckon I made the right choice.
So my highly coveted fancy schmancy trousers arrived and I ripped the bag open and I was totally going to wear them to pick Little J up from the school and be that Lulumom. Because I noticed that moms look really pretty when they collect their offspring at the schoolyard and I always smell like a horse so if I wear the right brand on my butt I figured I would be one step closer to fitting in.
Didn’t quite go as planned. I pull the pants out of the bag and they have a security tag on. Seriously. They were bought online and they have a beep bee thingy attached to them. I ran after the FedEx guy as fast as I could, waving my pants up in the air hopping he will come back and take the tag off. He waved back and drove faster. I guess they do not remove the tags…
I called the store and the girl on the other side was really nice and she even spared me the music when she put me on hold to ask the powers high above her what on Earth to do with a tag on the pants that were send by post. They agreed I should go to the near by store but as much as I like visiting Canada I figured there must be an easier way to remove the tag. Next best thing was to send them back and she said they will remove it for me and return them. Today was clearly not the day for me to be awesome at the pick up line but at least I will not drive the metal detector at the school entrance crazy every time I walk by it.
We agreed I will send her the pants and she emailed me an authorization to do so and wrote that a return label will be send to me in a day or two. So if we calculate all of the above it is safe to say I will not be in a possession of my fab new trousers until next week or so. Normally I would be absolutely fine with all of this, after all things happen. But I tried them on and they make me look slim and I absolutely must wear them immediately.
My first thought was to take them to my local Walmart and ask them to remove the tag for me. But what if I go beep beep beep as I enter? Would they arrest me for bringing in stylish clothes? I could not afford the scandal, this is a small town after all. Not one to give up easily, I asked google. Believe it or not, there are hundreds of videos on Youtube teaching you how to remove the security tags. I kid you not! There is even 5 different ways described step by step on Wikihow.
I have put my new pants in the freezer because Wiki said I should. It is standard precaution to turn ink into ice before attempting to remove the tag. Specially for first-timers like me. Wish me luck.
Who knew I would be acting like a criminal after buying the most expensive pants I own…