Friday, January 18, 2013

A Confession

Jacket: Target (option) (option) | Leggings: Target | Boots: Rue 21 (exact)
Scarf: Sam Moon (option) (option)

Do you ever feel like you need to get something off your chest, but then you're worried that you may come and get arressted? Well, that's kinda how I feel today. Here goes nothin'.

I got these boots I am wearing over Christmas on a total whim. I was shopping for stocking stuffers for my girls at Rue 21, you know, patterned duct tape, lip gloss, nail polish, etc. 

Well, I stumbled upon these boots. I wasn't sure if I really liked them or not, but they were on clearance, so I thought why not. Clearance always seems to seal the deal for me.

Days passed and I started to feel guilty about buying them. Remember it was Christmas time and I was supposed to be shopping for others, not me. 

So, I headed back to the store, dug through my hell hole of a wallet to find my receipt. I scanned it. What?! The boots? Where are they on the receipt? I know this has to be the right receipt because it's the only time I shopped there. Hmmmmm. I scratched my chin. 

Oh man, they didn't charge me for them. I didn't pay for the boots. They went from clearance to FREE. Oh, I think I really like them now. Should I keep them or be Honest Abe and take them back?

Well, folks, as you can see, my morals got swift kicked to the side and I kept them. I know. I am horrible. I am going to hell. Please don't turn me in. I don't want to go to jail. 

Has this ever happened to you? Tell me I am not the only one out there who has chosen this deceitful road.

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97 comments:

Haylee Mae said...

OH MY GOSH
that coat is sooooo gorgeous!! I want that lol

xoHaylee
http://www.dolledupdaily.com/

Kelsey Eaton said...

Hmm that's a tough one. The only thing is they might think you shoplifted if you try to take them back then you'll really be in a pickle haha for that reason I think I would just keep them.

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

Never happen thou I think we all secretly wish it did...I think it's too late to go back..just keep them and enjoy them I guess... you could go back and pay for them, but they might just let it go because it has been so long? It wasn't intentional so i think you''re good :)...you know as far as the big guy upstairs :)

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

Never happen thou I think we all secretly wish it did...I think it's too late to go back..just keep them and enjoy them I guess... you could go back and pay for them, but they might just let it go because it has been so long? It wasn't intentional so i think you''re good :)...you know as far as the big guy upstairs :)

Emily Devine said...

Oh my gosh! That happened to me a couple months ago with a pair of flats! I didn't realize it until several days later, and since they weren't on the receipt, I was afraid they would think I stole them or something if I returned them. So I kept them:/ It's such an odd situation to be in!

Glad I'm not the only one haha.

Mills said...

This happened to me twice, both times at Kohls. Once it was a $12 necklace that she specifically put in its' own bag so it wouldn't get tangled. The second time was a huge candle stick, one that goes in front of a fire place. I got two and she charged me for one.

A few weeks later I was charged twice for shampoo at target- karma!

Have a good weekend in your clearance slash free boots!

Sheena Rae said...

Pretty sure I would never have noticed! If I were at the store, I'd have been honest. If I already made it home...that's another story!

Alexa said...

Don't even fret about it - this stuff just happens! Plus, it's not your fault and not your duty to scan your receipt after checkout to make sure they charged ya!

Keep em, girl, because they look great on you!!!

Danavee said...

That happened to us at Target! We were afraid they'd think we stole it or something!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't worry is not your fault! the sales girl is responsible for making sure everything is on your receipt. this happens to me all the time at the grocery store! I had a whole $20.00 pork loin on the line and she never charged me for it!! shoes are much better free-bee thou.

Noor Unnahar said...

Woah , these boots are now looking more lovely ;) It has happened to me when I paid for my grocery but they didn't charge the soups :)
Noor @ Noor's Place

still being [molly] said...

oh man! that IS a pickle. i don't know what i would do, honestly. i'd probably take them back and tell them the situation and what happened - that way i'd at least feel like i was clear on my end. but i'm also weird like that, though. they are SO cute!!

Karen said...

I would keep them, but then pay it forward somehow. either as donation to a worthy cause, or buying coffee for the car behind you at Starbucks! You will know when time is right and it will make you feel better! They are adorable, and don't fret, it wasn't intentional!

Sarah Tucker said...

Hahahhah you CRACK me up! Totally did that with some Nike running shorts...oops! But 99.9% of the time I let them know. The guilt sets in differently depending on how nice the clerk at the counter is...is that weird?!

Courtney said...

You look so pretty, love that color and love your hair:)
That used to happen to me when the boys were still in a stroller, I"d throw stuff into the bottom basket and forget about it, oops!!!

Alissa | Feeling Good said...

That is so weird they didn't ring them up! It was probably so crazy that day with holiday shoppers they got over looked. I can honestly say this has never happened to me! lol I'm kind of paranoid when I'm in stores - trying to make sure nothing accidentally falls in my purse haha Crazy I know!

I'd probably go back because I couldn't handle that little secret lol!

Alissa
FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

Aimee said...

I love what Karen said above-- pay it forward in some way! I think that erases the problem!! :)

And I agree-- if you caught it before you left the mall, it would have been one thing-- once you are home, another! One time I was stocking up on pop (amongst other food items) for my daughter's b-day party at the grocery store and it wasn't until I was home that I realized they didn't charge for the pop! I considered it my luck ;)

Aimee said...

BTW-- love that hair style on you-- very cute and "schoolgirl" looking with that jacket! Love!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I look at it as a gift from the universe to you. If I catch them not ringing something at the register, I have said hey I don't think you charged me for that. Once I get home? I'm not going back.

Always Maylee said...

You look so adorable in this jacket! The ruffles! So I'm a firm believer in karma, so if this were to happen to me... if you don't want to go back to the store, I wold give back somehow. Perhaps donate some clothes or even something random like buy a friend a present for no reason. A selfless act! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Shannon @ Bungalow960 said...

A few weeks ago after a trip to Sephora I found a bottle of foundation stuck in my bag that I didn't pay for, or even want. It wasn't my shade so I just threw it away. Andy said I should have returned it, but I didn't.

Helene said...

you are not a bad person. i probably would have done the same thing (i know, shame) but retail is usually so overpriced anyway and it's not like you stole it?! haha. i do have a confession:i need that coat.

Laura @ Chaotic Domestic said...

Beautiful coat! I love the color and the ruffles!

Lisa said...

That totally has happened to me. I would make sure that I pay it forward to help with the karma from keeping them. I think they are cute, and the mistake was not yours, rather the clerk. Look darling as always my dear!

xo

Lauren Loeffel said...

First off, your coat is to die for.

Second, love the boots. I think you made the right "choice" *wink wink*

And last, you are so not alone. When I was pregnant with my second child, I went to Target (can we spy a pattern here???) and my flip flop broke in the store. So I went and found some cute sandals and took the tag off so I could wear them around the store and pay for them when I was done shopping. Well, pregnant brain forgot to give them the tag to ring up and I walked out with some free, and pretty cute, sandals! I didn't go back either...I didn't want to give birth in jail!

:)

Sarah said...

Too funny your post is about the boots because as soon as I saw these pictures my first thought was, whoa that boots are SO cute!

I agree with some of the other ladies- don't fret it, it was their responsibility to scan it plus it was a clearance item. I'm sure I've done that before with a case of Diet Coke. I think the paying it forward option is a great idea or donate some clothes this weekend...don't sweat it!

Amy Shaughnessy said...

I would just go in and tell them what you told us. You probably went digging for your receipt for a reason. I purchased some stuff for my husband one time for Christmas and when I looked at my bank statement I never saw it go through. (It had been a month or 2). So I went up to the store and told them and they said "Oh thanks for coming in, we will take care of it." And they recharged my card. And it never went through AGAIN. Then the store closed. So anyway, all you can do is try. I'm sure they would appreciate it. And I think it is the right thing to do. :)

Amy

Fashion and Beauty Finds

Jennifer Sanzo said...

You are too cute... lol love the boot story ha!

Hailey said...

I had the same thing happen awhile ago! With the not sleeping, diaper bag of a new baby I was in the store and ended up getting home before realizing I hadn't paid for something. I felt horrible but exhaustion set in and I wasn't heading back to TJMaxx and dealing with it. I have spent enough money there to feel okay plus I have donated a massive amount of clothes, shoes and nice items to goodwill. :)
Hailey @ Love, Laughter and Lipstick

Jessica Gogan said...

I have had the same thing happen to me....I was at Marshalls and got a pair of $10 running shorts for free since they forgot to ring them up. By the time I noticed I was all the way home...and I felt guilty, but then rationalized it by thinking about how much money I spend at Marshalls! Haha..probably really bad of me...but it was just that once!!

Jessica
citysequins.blogspot.com

Allison said...

That jacket is just too adorable! Blue just so happens to be my favorite color too!

I would keep the shoes. It was a mistake on the cashier's part to not charge you! That's happened to me before too. I do feel slightly guilty when it happens, but I feel like it's not necessarily your fault! Maybe I'm bad, but I say KEEP 'EM! :)

pretty little things said...

haha keep the boots! especially if its from a large store like Target that has so much money they don't know what to do with! Is that bad of me to say??

http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

Jenn D said...

ehhh see if I was still in the store I might say something. But if you never thought about returning them you never would have even known! Honest mistake. Plus their cute. Keep em :-)

PS-Went to target... and I LOVED those green flats, but they didn't have them in my size! They actually didn't have most things in my size. Why are my sizes so average?

Jenn
With Luck

Clare UnderstatedClassics said...

Hey think of it this way, you may have beat the system! (from my brief retail experience- sometimes when things would be marked down, and just before they would really be cleared off the shelves, there would be some fluke in the system that the item would ring up as a penny. That's right, a penny. If it rang up as that, we couldn't NOT give it to the customer, but we knew that all the remaining "penny items" on the shelf needed to be pulled) Maybe these boots were your penny boots? Maybe justifying it that way makes your guilt fade just a little... jus' sayin'

Happy Friday!

Clare
Understated Classics

Jamie said...

Such a cute coat, beautiful color. And your hair looks so pretty in these photos!

Tough call on the boots... They'd probably just let you keep them at this point if they were on clearance haha

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TheTinyHeart said...

I'd just keep them! It wasn't your fault since the employee didn't ring it up. It's going to be very awkward if you go back and try to return them without the receipt. Like some other people said, they might think they were shoplifted. I worked in retail and people would pull shoes off the shelf, pretend like they bought them, and try to return them. Just keep them and save yourself the trouble!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
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Melanie Montgomery said...

It was days later, just keep them! Most of the time when your honest they just let you keep them anyway. And they are cute!

Ashlee :) said...

Too funny :) You should definitely keep them. Maybe they were giving you a little Christmas present! How nice of them right? That blue coat looks really good on you!
~Ashlee
http://ashleenikol.com

Anonymous said...

Shanna it happened to me too! I bought 3 dresses at Nordstrom Rack intending to take at least one back after trying on with shoes/jewelry at home. When I went to take one back, it wasn't on the receipt! So now it hangs in my closet, but hasn't been worn because it didn't look that great after all. I'm sure it happens all the time. Think of all the times you made it home from the grocery store and something wasn't in the bag. As long as its an honest mistake I think you're ok!
Erica N.

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Haha! That totally happened to me at H&M. I didn't notice until I got home that I scored a dress for free. I returned it, though. And I puzzled the cashier. I was like, "This dress isn't on the receipt--the other cashier forgot to ring it up--so I'd just like to bring it back and return it." He gave me this weird look and was like, "Uhhh, why wouldn't you keep it?" But whatever. I had to do it for my own conscious. But if I'm honest???? If I had liked the dress more I might have kept it hahaha.

Alisa Marie said...

Once my mom accidentally stole some laughy taffy and I gave her crap about it for years! I think I've also stolen the occasional pack of coke on the bottom rack on the shopping cart! Girl - it happens, Rue 21 isn't going to go bankrupt over you stealing their shoes. LOL! You shouldn't feel guilty, what were they 10 bucks anyways??

Hannah @ Shine Isn't Always Shimmer said...

Hi I found your blog recently via Instagram and YES! it's happened to me. In fact, the pants I'm wearing today were "free" from AT Loft. I bought a boat load of items last winter and when I got home I realized they hadn't rung me up for the pants. I called and the store manager thanked me for my honesty and said to come back in...but I never made it in. Eek. I feel bad every time I wear them.

Kayla Peveler said...

that coat is banging! ;) loooove it! oh well on the boots, its the shops mistake!

Bobbie said...

It happened to me at the grocery store, I came home and found a turkey breast in my bags that I didn't put in my buggy and didn't pay for! Clearly the woman in front of me did and it got in my buggy. I took a picture of the tag and went back and paid for it! It was a great shock to the grocery store and all employees who I ran across and it was a great chance to witness to others about me being a Christian and they see me now and always go out of their way to help me. You never know who is watching you and what impact you'll have on them because of this action!

Annie said...

I would have totally kept them too...their fault not yours :) Love your new peacoat - that blue is SO pretty on you!

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Shelli Poole said...

Yes, keep 'em!!! They are so cute, and you woulda never known if you hadn't looked at the receipt, sooooo.... ;)

Hannah said...

You are soooooo adorable and so are the boots! I probably would have kept them too. I would chalk it up as being a sign that I was meant to have them.

Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

Gila said...

I think it's all good, especially since you had no idea until way after you got home. I like the idea of paying it forward if it's weighing on your mind, but I believe this stuff all comes out even in the end.

I ADORE that jacket.

Tracy Evelyn said...

It's happened to me! My husband and I were buying 5 ties..and the cashier grabbed two at once to ring up and didn't notice, I noticed...but I didn't say anything! I felt awful/awesome at the same time. I just keep telling myself I'll be more truthful next time, and honestly, ties are overpriced even at the rack :)
Tracy

J and A said...

I am in love with that coat!! Amazing.
I say, their fault..you wouldn't have know if you weren't going to return them.. :) Enjoy them, they are cute on ya!

Jes said...

Love the coat! I just bought one in a similar color.

About your accidental shoplifting...I am cracking up. That's never happened to me before, but I probably would have done what you did. On of my friends bought a scarf at J.Crew...When she got home she realized that there were two of the same ones stuck together. She made the same decision you did.

Samantha said...

Totally has happened to me and totally didn't take it back!! =)

Brooke said...

What a cute coat! I have a black one very much similar! Going to have to wear it more! =) Brooke

Katie said...

love yoru coat and those shoes are adorable. I've found some sweet deals at rue 21 - although I feel like I'm too old for a lot of things there! I think for me it would depend on how much something was - my mom always told me if you would go back if you were charged that amount for something you didn't buy, then you should go back and fix it. I hope I would do that, but i honestly am not sure!

Rachel said...

I just love this coat! I saw it in pink at Target, but the BF wouldn't let me buy it :( haha

Niki Caron said...

What?! OMG! You are a lucky, lucky girl! I'm sure you won't be arrested, and you are SO not going to hell! Hey, at least they were on clearance, right?! Love the coat, btw :)

LB @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels said...

Thank goodness you noticed on the receipt before you gave them to them. They definitely might have thought you shoplifted and then you would have been in shock and wouldn't have known what to say! Free shoes always look better!!
www.walkinginmemphisinhighheels.com

THE TAYLOR DIARY said...

Bah! I about died when I read this. You are hilarious. Cutie patootie!
-Taylor
www.thetaylordiary.com

Jayme and Mendi said...

You are too funny!! It's happened to me with a 12 pk of diet coke and I got home and was like...what? I thought about it and decided it was a nice thing that happened and doesn't happen often. No worries girl! Those boots do look good on you!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

For as much as you stimulate the retail market, an accidental freebie is okay :-)

You look so dang cute in that coat!

Penniless Socialite said...

This has happened to me on numerous occasions at the grocery store. I have accidentally stolen so many cases of diet coke from Shop Rite. Once when I went back to the store I said I wanted to pay for a stolen case. The cashier told me she wouldn't just add a phantom case of diet coke on my bill because she said I could return and request a refund because I never bought a case of diet coke. The cashier really thought I was running some sort of complex diet coke ponzi scheme.
Tara
Penniless Socialite
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Evani Gatsby said...

First of all, Rue 21 shoes on clearance always gets me. I mean I KNOW it won't be super high quality shoes. But $20 for a pair of black heels? Why yes, I'll take my 100th pair. Sigh. I've walked out of target once with a nail polish accidentally in my cart. I was still really close to the entrance and my conscience was too loud.

Mrs. H said...

I totally would've kept the shoes! You're too funny!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Yay for free boots. I think I once got a free polish so to speak. We bought too many and for some reason the store didn't count right and forgot one. But boots and polish aren't the same. I know you're enjoying the even more.

And I voted!!! :)

Daliene said...

I say you go back and buy something full-price that you would NEVER have paid full-price for and that it is sooo tacky no one else will either, so the rest of the lot will go on clearance eventually. Then give it to Goodwill. Overpaying then donating surely cancels out the other right?

Thrifted or Scripted? said...

This has happened to me before, at a J.Crew outlet(and long drive from my home) I didn't realize it until several days later...and have never been back to make it right. Enjoy your boots!

Berty Morales said...

That is a great coat and I love the color. It looks amazing on you!

Bethany Reine' said...

i saw that coat at target and you know i thought? "SO cute!!!! BUT, i have hips. that coat was made for a petite lady." girl, it looks perfect on you!!!

Lindsay said...

Oh man I don't wanna fess up. I order from this foreign retailer a lot and their packages end up getting lost a lot. Almost a month had gone by and I didn't get my package so they credited me my money back. Well, a few weeks later guess what turned up...the package and I kept it. I just kept putting it off calling them. Oops. Don't tell anyone okay? No one else really reads comments...right???

Sabrina said...

Cute jacket!

Sabrina
http://thelittleowlshop.blogspot.com

Kelly { Messy.Dirty.Hair.} said...

I got the same jacket in black!!! I'm obsessed I wanted all the colors! I love the blue on you!! Don't even stress about the shoes bc if you did take them back either the cashier would be cool & let you keep them for free or the cashier could be an a** and not let you have them at all bc they are free which means they go back. They don't re-sell them. It's basically a waste of a great pair if shoes so don't worry!!! I love them btw!

Bridgette Nicole said...

Ok, I LOVE that jacket and I think if the store screwed up by not charging you, that's their fault...not yours! You scored! I want that jacket, so jealous! :)
-Bridgette
http://bridgettenicole.blogspot.com

Jeans and a Teacup said...

If I had noticed it before I left the store I would have told the associate. But I don't think I would go back a couple days later. My mom probably would but she's a better person than I am! haha... Yay free shoes!
~Jessica
Jeans and a Teacup

Laura said...

Such a beautiful coat, love the colour! :)

Laura xo

Jessica said...

Haha it happens. Never has happened to me :( boooo. LOL. But it has happened to some people I know. And they just keep them. Don't feel bad. But if it happened to me i'll have a guilty conscious too. Haha.
But your outfit is super cute and adorable.
Love the coat, with the scarf, and your curled hair. It looks so cute :)

TaraMixandMatch said...

I would definitely just keep them, too much of an awkward situation to take them back. I love that coat on you!

Allison said...

I love that coat! The color is amazing on you!! And about the boots...that's a tough one because I'm such a by the rules gal, but it's not like you intended not to pay for them so I wouldn't feel bad!

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

Thief! Why didn't you grab me a pair dang it.

Rachel said...

I definitely don't think you're going to hell, so don't worry. :) But I know what you mean about feeling guilty. Enjoy your boots. :)

Rachel
http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com

prettyanddelectable said...

Love the color of that coat! That's a tough one about the boots... I know I've gone to the grocery store and been charged for things that never ended up getting put in the bag and I've never gone back to get a refund, so in the grand scheme of things it probably all evens out, right?!?! Have a great weekend!

Heather said...

Eh - keep 'em and pay it forward... they are adorable and I love that coat!

XO
Pearls & Paws

Beth Mayberry said...

take it as a gift :) if you noticed then, but it is silly too many days later!

PS: I am a new follower and i am glad to be here!

Darby Hawley said...

nahhh don't feel bad; just enjoy those cute boots. Those things happen every now and then, and besides it would be a crime to return them....they look that good on you ;-)

brnidtica said...

LOVE the coat!!!!

veronica said...

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Danielle said...

Ah, this stuff happens. I think that if you were feeling so guilty over buying yourself a gift over the holidays that you went to take them back, you were being rewarded for it.

Also, I love this coat. Have you considered switching up the buttons to something like gold for a little contrast? Not that its current buttons are bad! The thought just crossed my mind, so I thought I'd share (even though every thought is really not worth sharing.) :)

Grandma MiMi said...

Totally happens all the time but in other cases things that are suppose to be on clearance you get charged full price I think in the end it all evens out...I am like you if you took it back they make think that you stole them and how to you honestly make them believe that they were in the wrong not you...I say enjoy the boots!!

Anonymous said...

No worries!
God's grace is WAY bigger than that...
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
2 Cor 12:9

Kelly Ann said...

This coat is gorgeous, I love the tiers and the color - so pretty!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Happiness at Mid Life said...

These boots are just meant to be yours. If the clerk did not charge you for them - it's not your fault - especially if you discover the mistake post sale.

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Katy said...

Just bought the same jacket after seeing how adorable it looked on you! thank you :)

jackeline said...

I've been lusting over a mint colored clutch I saw the other day. I couldn't bring myself to walk to it and hold it knowing that I would spend money I didn't have.

jackeline said...

I've been lusting over a mint colored clutch I saw the other day. I couldn't bring myself to walk to it and hold it knowing that I would spend money I didn't have.

Janice said...

Similar thing happened to my mom at Target! She was buying a few tops and they didn't charge her for one of the dresses...she kept it. Shhhhhhhhhh!

Janna Renee said...

This totally doesn't count because it was the cashiers fault! I had a similar thing, but it was at Costco, so the door checker caught it. I actually felt bad because I had stopped the cashier when I forgot something, so I blamed myself for distracting her. I didn't want her to get in trouble, so I told them it was my fault. In your case...it was NOT your fault!

Mary Lindsey said...

I had a very similar situation happen to me last year. I tried to use a coupon on some cold medicine and it ended up just not ending up on my receipt. I mostly didn't try to do anything about it because I was sick and didn't feel up to walking all the way back to the grocery store to work the situation out. It wasn't my fault so I didn't really worry about it.

By the way I love that blue coat. It is such a pretty color!

-Mary @ Style That Moves

Aubree said...

I know this is an old post but I had to comment. I am really shocked by all the comments here, especially those using religion and God to justify keeping the boots. What about Thou shall not steal??? I get that it isn't your fault, but its definetly the right thing to do to go back to the store and pay. What if you owed someone some money and accidently gave them way too much? Would you think that it's your fault, oh well, they can keep the money? I am not writing this to judge you, I am just shocked by the number of women who have had this happen and don't do anything about it! I always go back! The store is most definetly not going to prosecute you for stealing!!!! If you ask anyone who works in retail, they will say that prosecuting for stealing is a really complicated process and returning something you didn't pay for is not going to cause you to be arrested!

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