Went into town yesterday to do some last minute holiday shopping (I leave tonight, woo!) and found some nice trousers in the New Look sale. Had to queue for ages as the place was so busy, and after getting home I realised that in her rush, the checkout girl hasn't removed the security tag, so there is a massive white button across the seat of my trousers. I've got the receipt, so was gonna take them in this morning, but phoned them and no answer, so I assume they're both closed on Sunday (stupid outdated practice...).
I've tried tugging at the tag really hard, but to no avail. Does anyone know of any way I can remove it before this evening so I can wear them as planned?
Also, without trying to advocate shoplifting, it does show how rubbish New Look's security is that they let me walk out with tagged trousers in my bag. With the annoyance I feel today, I reckon they deserve to lose stock, and have only themselves to blame!
All tags operate on a magnetic principle. Some stores dont bother with detectors at the exits, and instead put ink inside the tags, so that if you break them off, ink gets everywhere, and it cant be removed from clothes or skin without industrial strength crap. So dont try snapping it off if you're not sure. Some just rely on them as being deterents, although they actually do nothing. Some do have detectors which pick up the weak magnetic field - but they are never that reliable.
You CAN remove the tag with a sufficiently strong magnet, however the magnet will have to be large, and you need to hold in near the pointed tip part for sufficient time for the mechanism to unlock - you might need to wiggle it about for a bit, and use some brute force to an extent.
the other week i bought a pair of shorts from next, and they left the tag on. When going back to the store i went up to the security guy at the door and said "You havent seen me walk in right.....i have this item in this bag, with receipt, so i havent stolen it or anything, i need tag removing". then the guy will gave me dodgy looks, and escorted me to a checkout where they took the tag off and then problem solved. So maake sure you get their attention BEFORE you walk into the store!