Saturday, March 10, 2007

in Soviet Russia, security tag detects you

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.


Nicole said...

sometimes smart people can do the dumbest things. no reference to you, you understand. just a general comment. hehe.

by the way, thank you for correcting my star wars quote. that wasn't at all dorky.

Heidi said...

LOL. You would be setting the alarms off, wouldn't you... you sketchy figure, you.
Star Wars quote? Where, where! I wanna see, I wanna see! :-D

Octavia said...

The Star Wars quote in question is at a post on Nicole's blog. Look in the comments section.