I went to the mall today. Everything seemed pretty normal (roving herds of teenagers yakking into cell phones and clogging up the shoe stores? Present!) except that for some reason, I set off every single security gate I even came close to, literally. I stepped inside one store, setting off the alarm in the process, and then stopped to look at something just inside the door. While I was standing there, the alram went off again. I was at least a foot away from the actual gates, but there was no one else in sight – it had to be me setting it off. It got quite annoying. After a while, I just stopped going into stores with security gates. An employee at one of the stores suggested that my cell phone might be setting off the alarms, but I carry my cell phone all the time, and it’s usually not a problem. Hm.
Later in the evening, I went to Target with Glen and the kids. Sure enough, the alarm went off when I walked in. On the way out, we decided that we were going to figure out what the problem was, so I gave Glen my bag (with my cell phone in it) and had him walk out first. No alarm. I went through after him, and … yup, set off the alarm. I know they’re not metal detectors, but I wasn’t carrying anything else, so I took off my ring and tried again. More beeping. I emptied my pockets and tried again. If there were any actual security personnel at Target, they must have been on a coffee break, because I was giving their alarm system an apoplexy. We finally gave up and went home.
On the way home I talked to Sara, who suggested that I might have a security tag on the inside of my clothes somewhere. Sure enough, sewn into one of the inside seams of my jeans was a tag (pictured), at least two inches square, with big letters admonishing me to REMOVE BEFORE WASHING OR WEARING. It even has a helpful line marked “cut here.”
Well! I didn't have a problem when I bought the jeans and left the store with them.