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Dressing Room Etiquette 101
Dressing Room Basics
My, oh my, is it time for another etiquette hub? It seems like we should cover a very important topic: dressing room etiquette!
There comes a time in every person's life when they have to buy some clothes. Sadly, clothing companies are never consistent in sizing. I've had shirts that were the same shirt bought from the same store on the same day from the same shipment and STILL the sizes were different. Because of this, everyone needs to try on outfits before making their purchase. Sometimes you meet a person who is a little uptight about using the dressing rooms (and who can blame them?), so they take everything home to try it on, but since most of us hate the process of returning items, we try them on first. Let's discuss a little dressing room etiquette, shall we?
Don't Be So Lazy
Whenever you are trying on a number of clothes, not everything is going to be a winner. Sadly, most items are not going to be great. Guess what? Take your stuff with you when you go. Unless it is noted on the dressing room door, no one wants you to leave the items in the dressing room. Even if the dressing room attendant does not want you to return the items to the floor yourself, she still wants you to at least be nice enough to hand the items to her.
Furthermore, if no one is guarding the dressing room, DO NOT leave clothes crumpled up on the floor. Did you find them that way? No, you did not. Clean up the room after yourself. Are you a small child? Does mommy still clean up after you? You know better and you should be ashamed.
Don't Get So Carried Away
You are typically only allowed to take about 6 items in the dressing room at a time. If there is no dressing room attendant, this does mean you can get all carried away and take in 50 items. Are you planning on living in there forever? Even if no one is guarding the door and you view this as your big opportunity, please keep the numbers down to about a dozen items. Other people do need to eventually use the room, too.
The Dressing Room is NOT a Bathroom
I shouldn't have to say this to adults. I shouldn't have to say this at all. However, I've worked in a number of clothing stores and, apparently, I do need to say this. The dressing room is not a bathroom. If you can't find the bathroom, ask someone. If we don't have a public bathroom, then leave the store. It is a very simple concept. And what are you using as toilet paper in there? I shudder to think!
It's Still Called Shoplifting Even if You're Wearing It
So you think you are very clever sneaking in the dressing room and putting on 5 pairs of panties and an extra shirt or two, then putting everything back on over top of that. Oh yes, so clever... and so dishonest and you're a total thief. Theft is not cute. It is not a prank. If your friends think it is funny or a good idea, you need new friends.
Do not go in the dressing room thinking you can steal everything easier that way. The sales associates are still watching you even if you do not realize it. Furthermore, if you walk into the dressing room with a bunch of panties and a flat butt, but you come out missing some items and looking like Kim Kardashian, we know you stole stuff. We are alerting security.
Before you steal clothes, just remember, jail is not fun. It never has been and it never will be.
Time for Checkout!
Now that you've learned as much dressing room etiquette as possible, I hope you make the dressing room experience better for yourself and everyone out there. Dressing rooms do not have to be gross unless people make them that way. Let's all start doing our part to keep dressing rooms clean and easy to use.
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