Why limit the number of items in a change room?

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Someone in G+ knows the answer to this… Today I went to the change room at a popular us clothing store with 9 items and joined a lengthy line of ladies wanting to try on clothes. We all had to hang our items and then get a silly number to go into the change room… i was of course informed 9 is 'too many' , 8 is the max… and I would need to get dressed and come back out for the one item.

Annoying. Fine. But when all was said and done and I came out of the change room, handed over the number, but i kept some of the items because i was purchasing them. She didnt bother counting them and i had already walked away.

I realize there is some sense of anti theft security in these number systems… but really.. what is the point? Is she going to run after me because 8 items didnt come out? Never happened to me.. so why not let me take 9 items in

why limit the number of items in a change room


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Raleigh Burke
Raleigh Burke
9 years ago

+You Mad Bro?

Aleksander Hropot
Aleksander Hropot
9 years ago

8? here, the limit is 3. #firstworldproblems ? ๐Ÿ™‚

Grace O
Grace O'Malley
9 years ago

Technically the person giving you the number is supposed to check how many items come back out, including the ones you are going to buy. Obviously this clerk doesn't bother. It was designed to help stop theft.

Petrus Kincs
Petrus Kincs
9 years ago

๐Ÿ™‚

Jera Wolfe
Jera Wolfe
9 years ago

Could happen.
I got tackled the other day leaving a store.
I wasn't stealing anything, but I got pretty hurt.
So…
Yeah… I just don't argue anymore. People's is crazy, who knows what kind of day they've been having. And I've had 'em snap on me.

Tim Wechy
Tim Wechy
9 years ago

Yes – you got the theory right – but on minimum wage there is a tendency to stick to the rules whilst not actually doing the counting or caring… :o)

David Landry
David Landry
9 years ago

Maybe they limit the number of items so you don't hog the changing room all day .. and they're just being polite by accusing you of being a potential thief (after all, seems suspecting everyone of being a criminal is the 'in thing' these days.) lol

Amanda Blain
Amanda Blain
9 years ago

Well.. yes.. i get it.. but why argue about the first rule… when your not going to bother with the second… thats the point… do people stop thinking in minimum wage? Maybe i forget…

Tim Wechy
Tim Wechy
9 years ago

+Amanda Blain Yes – I think a lot of them do :o(

Howie Chicago
Howie Chicago
9 years ago

theft issues

Jera Wolfe
Jera Wolfe
9 years ago

+Amanda Blain "Do people stop thinking in minimum wage?"

Hell yes we do!
Do you think they pay us enough to do more than stand there. I need TWO of those jobs, and they both suck, just to make my rent. They don't pay you enough to think, or care. They just pay you to be there. And when they don't need you to be there, they cut your hours and just assume you'll get another job.

Why give a damn?

It's hard to have a work ethic when you are completely irreplaceable, and may be replaced regardless of how good your work is. And there are plenty of other jobs just as bad that will barely pay your rent and leave you in the red at the end of every month.

Do they stop thinking? No. They just don't care.

Until the meet a customer who notices and treats them with dignity and respect, then they'll give you the world, and screw the rules.

People are people, you can always rely on that. Be their friend, they'll bend rules for you, and care about the rules you set.

Wal Mart had this idea down while Sam Walton was alive, after he passed on, it started going the way of most corporations.

If corporations are people, they must be very lonely. They have no friends.

David Andrews
David Andrews
9 years ago

Well, I guess in an effort to stem loss from theft the company established a limit. The employee just didn't do the math.
what I don't understand is if they are counting the items that go in…
why the limit in the first place.

Brett Bjornsen
Brett Bjornsen
9 years ago

because changing room attendants can't count to 9? O_o
It's just easier to tell if you've shoved something in your bag or down your pants if there's less items to keep track of… lot's of places limit it to 3 per changing session… 8 seems pretty high.

Roman El Morabit
Roman El Morabit
9 years ago

+David Andrews Maybe they don't trust their employees beeing able to count further than eight correctly?

PJ Rosenberg
PJ Rosenberg
9 years ago

They limit the number because they want you to be selective and not try every thing in their store.. also it takes time to put the items you didn't want back on the rack and they want everyone to get opportunity to get the item.. i think!

Raleigh Burke
Raleigh Burke
9 years ago

They count to potato.

Rob Mayfield
Rob Mayfield
9 years ago

its like the lock on your door – many security 'devices' only work against people who never test them (honesty or fear) – a serious criminal will get around them all …

Michael Jones
Michael Jones
9 years ago

The biggest reason for limit the # is because a very large % of people will leave what the don't want to buy in there. It could have started because of theft. With all the laws now, I kinda doubt that's still the main reason. Nothing can be done or even implied until the item has left the building, not the changing room.

Amanda Blain
Amanda Blain
9 years ago

Every item i tried on also had those "tag security ink" things… so it all seemed really redundant to me. It just made me think how whatever it was put in place for … is just annoying to the customer.. and not doing.. well anything else.

verryuchyricho setiawan
verryuchyricho setiawan
9 years ago

when it's ready .. let's go:-D

Brett Bjornsen
Brett Bjornsen
9 years ago

sometimes, just annoying the customer is the only goal

Amanda Blain
Amanda Blain
9 years ago

๐Ÿ˜‰ no one actually works retail and knows? ๐Ÿ™‚

Michael Jones
Michael Jones
9 years ago

Those tags have another purpose also. At least here they do. They are internal tracking for restocking. Clothing is sold in sizes. Each type tag represent a size as well as brand. So when it is scanned it tells the system for instance wrangler size 24/26 needs 25 items restocked, and so on.

Aldene Preddie
Aldene Preddie
9 years ago

+PJ Rosenberg That sounds reasonable, but when I go to a store that has a limit, they see how many things I have and don't ask me to put them back. they also don't have a problem with my swapping items not in the dressing room with one I left outside. Them telling me I can't take everything in still doesn't give other shoppers access to what I want to try on.

Another plausible explanation is that they don't want people to be in the dressing rooms for too long. Allow others a chance to use it (although it still doesn't work).

Amanda Blain
Amanda Blain
9 years ago

Right +Aldene Preddie i thought all those same thoughts… no matter the 'reason' no other rules seem to be put into effect so.. it really seemed pointless.

+Michael Jones interesting… I didn't know that.

Fadi Kahhaleh
Fadi Kahhaleh
9 years ago

I think they do these things for many reasons
1) keep your time in the changing room minimal (Limit the number of items you can take at once) hence, if you take too long in there, someone will be knocking on the door. (regardless of the reason you took so long, it is good for both parties to check)
2)give other people a change to go in and try things on, so you will have to get inline again.
3)Make people who want to steal a bit nervous.
4) the Company-Policy-Don't-Ask-Why thing… they just like to make our lives just a bit harder ๐Ÿ™‚

I hear ya +Amanda Blain, it bothers me sometimes, but we males do tend to take less items to try out lol

Lisa Bimmerz
Lisa Bimmerz
9 years ago

Not sure if this helps answer your question, but +Grace O'Malley was right in her answer – or at least they're supposed to according to this link:

crimeprevention.rutgers.edu/crime/shoplifting/fitting%20rooms.html

And this article on dressing rooms, is kind of humorous. =)

jeannieinabottle.hubpages.com/hub/Dressing-Room-Etiquette

Alex Zinovenko
Alex Zinovenko
9 years ago

It may have to do with the amount of time one is taking up in the changing room. However, if a store is slow at the time I see no reason why the limit should and could not be overlooked. In the past I have worked in retail for 15 years, But never in softlne Mdse.

Galata ?ekercisi
Galata ?ekercisi
9 years ago

good

Aldene Preddie
Aldene Preddie
9 years ago

+Lisa Bimmerz Shoplifting!! Never thought about that!! Only problem is that most stores do not follow them. there have been many times when I leave the fitting room and no one is outside to take my number. I just leave it and take the clothes with me. There are always ways to circumvent the system.

Beth Cassar
Beth Cassar
9 years ago

I used to work at Abercrombie and those brats that shop there would try on so much crap, leave it inside out and on the ground in the fitting room and stroll out, leaving me to touch their worn garments. Yuck!

Alan Nudi
Alan Nudi
9 years ago

funny thing to complain about

Holly Jahangiri
Holly Jahangiri
9 years ago

+Jera Wolfe Wish you'd make that comment into a post so I could share it.

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angrej singh
9 years ago

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9 years ago

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9 years ago

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John Fanavans
John Fanavans
9 years ago

you're missing the point. You do not have to verify every action for a deterrent to have an effect. You had already complied with her direction to go with one less. You had already been caught out by her. That made it unlikely that you would steal anything. Moreover, it also had an effect on those around you. It is a trade-off between effort and reward. We could investigate every murder, but we don't. We investigate more murders than shoplifting though.

The actual answer is because she's a lazy ass.

harshad harshad
harshad harshad
9 years ago

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dewa penutup
dewa penutup
9 years ago

try not to dress

Giggles Garza
Giggles Garza
9 years ago

Well u never know what they are taking all these security measures for…

Greg Cary
Greg Cary
9 years ago

Only 3 items in oklahoma allowed

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Syaifuel Aditya
9 years ago

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Andrew Thompson
Andrew Thompson
9 years ago

+Amanda Blain The number is done to keep the time you're in the dressing room down so others can use it. The number system is pretty arbitrary, as in busier stores will have a less number of articles you can take in. There's also the risk that people will put the clothes on and then walk out of the store, but sensormatic tags with ink pretty much dropped that risk.

Yasser Alqadasi
Yasser Alqadasi
9 years ago

???? ????

Aldene Preddie
Aldene Preddie
9 years ago

+Amanda Blain +Andrew Thompson know that there are people out there who have the machine to take off the security tags? the one I see them using in stores aren't very big. If someone has one and takes it into a dressing room, removing it is a piece of cake.

Stores lose millions of dollars in merchandise even with sensormatic tags on them. How is is that so much stuff can walk out the stores with these tags on them?

+Beth Cassar It doesn't just happen at Abercrombie & Fitch. It is absolutely disgusting to see clothes piled up on the floor where people have left them behind. I never leave things I am trying on behind and I will even pick up things left behind by other (only in my stall, not the entire place). It is very inconsiderate!

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9 years ago

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9 years ago

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9 years ago

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9 years ago

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