Intro: Remove a Security Tag From an Article of Clothing
I'm really not surprised a store forgot to do this, but in the end I was left to dealt with this.
When my Mom brought home her new pair of gloves, which she paid for not stole, she went to use them and found that the security tag (non-ink one) was still attached.
The following is a simple and very useful instructable to free your clothing articles.
Step 1: The Enemy and the Weapons
Here you have it. The super tight miniature pin that locks this device in place.
You won't need much if you have the proper tools.
- Ice pick or sharp skinny object (a pocket knife will work fine here)
- A pair of horse nippers. I highly recommend keeping a pair of these around at all times. They are basically a huge pair of toenail clippers, but super sharp. (heavy duty wire cutters will also work here, but might be a little harder to work with).
- A skinny flat-head screwdriver.
Step 2: Remove the Node
Start by taking your clippers of any kind and snipping the node off the back of the security tag. This might take a couple attempts, but removing as much as possible here will help you later.
Step 3: Remove the Foil
After snipping the plastic back, you'll find the culprit pointing through, a tiny spike of metal. Around it you'll also find a shinny piece of paper. Take any sharp object and scrap to remove this. You need direct access to what's beneath it.
Step 4: The Final Step - Leverage
There's only one last thing to do.
Take your skinny flat-head screwdriver and pry up just one side of the security tag. This is made of some high strength steel, like spring steel, and will take more effort then it looks.
You don't need to budge it much before the pin slides right out of the tag.