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So my neighbor ordered some stuff online from a big chain dept store, and when it came it had a store security tag on it. She came to me and asked if I knew anything about removing it without activating the GPS module and releasing the dye pack and nerve gas. I told her I would see what I could do....two minutes later I returned unharmed with her garment in one hand and the evil device in the other fully intact. 

The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time. 

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These mysterious devices are rather simple devices. While they can be mutilated off with a pair of snips, a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, they can be removed much easier with a high powered magnet. I used a hard drive magnet and a light touch.

The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.
SophiaP13 months ago

Thank you sooo much, very helpful!

I literally just bought a cute shirt from kohls and the cashiere left the ink tag on. I was so sad cause I couldn't wear it. But now I can!!!

oh and btw will it leak if it doesn't work

Lextone (author)  SophiaP13 months ago
Shouldn't leak. The device they use to pop them off at the store is an electro magnet.
isa.swy4 months ago
Literally so helpful!! I bought a fur jacket from khols and the lady forgot to take the tag off. Didnt think anything of it when i beeped because sometimes they do, but when i got home and put it on i saw it. Literally ripped it off because i didnt want to go back and ripped my damn jacket :/.. so now i know if it ever happens again, a magnet. Does it matter ehich magnet??
Lextone (author)  isa.swy3 months ago
Any strong magnet will do. Neodymium magnets from a scrapped hard drive works well.
Omg I just bought a shirt and want to wear it . what hard drive are you using?
Lextone (author)  livefastdieyoung7 months ago
Any strong magnet will work.

OMFG you are so helpful this help me a lot because i bought a shirt and i was going to wear it and didn't feel like going back to kholes and so i looked up how to take off a security tag and this helped a lot thatks

JjR28 months ago

Thanks!!! Fastest instructables ever... I knew it had to be electromagnetic and as soon as I saw your hard drive magnet... didn't even had to read the instructions. Saved myself a trip back to the store in this Xmas shopping season.

Lextone (author)  JjR28 months ago
You're welcome!
BeccaD11 year ago

Way back when, in middle school, so like late 90s, I bought a purse at the mall, but they left the sensor on and it didn't beep as I left! So I lived 40 mins away and couldn't easily go back and no local store could or would take it off for me (even with my receipt in hand). So I took a hammer to it. Took awhile and left a mark on the bag (it was a cheap one at least). I wish I had had the internet and this article back then! Now I'm better at checking to make sure tags are taken off.

It has already happened to me a few times, but instead of going all the way back to the store I just hammer it once or twice and it will magically open (and get broken too).

Lextone (author)  tgferreira1841 year ago
Be careful, some of them have dye caps inside that will make a mess.
palombo50502 years ago
This is nice to know. I had a check out clerk forget to remove my tags once. I had to drive all the way back to the store, walk the half mile to location in the mall, show the receipt.... I have so many of these magnets from hard drives, I can't believe I never thought to use them like this. Great information.
Same thing happened to me too. Thanks for this Instructables. No need to go back to the store next time.
Wesley6662 years ago
Very interesting, my question is though, where did you friend buy this stuff from? www.this_stuff_was_not_shoplifted.com/legit?
Lextone (author)  Wesley6662 years ago
Walmart actually. They were shorts for her son.
Mr_o_uk2 years ago
you should enter this in the april fools contest. sticking one of these on someone would be hillarious! (unless they have prior convictions!)
can't you read. The last line of this instructable just said : " It is also not funny to slip a tag on your friends coat when you go to the mall..."
Having people be in trouble with the law is not hilarious at all, it is mean.
Lextone (author)  Mr_o_uk2 years ago
I will, but will you vote for it?
Tupulov2 years ago

Sticking one on a friend's coat as a joke.....MWA-HA-HA-HA (evil laugh)!
Where was this ible 2 months ago when I needed it? Very clever.