(Teacher @ April 18 2005,13:12) They've replaced nice (and sometimes antique) MOP buttons with cheap plastic ones and insisted that the plastic ones were what originally came on the garment...again, until lawyers were notified.
Wow, they'd actually go to the trouble to take the MOP buttons?
The cases I've heard of this happening involved dresses. It's my understanding that MOP buttons are customarily removed from dresses before cleaning in order to avoid snagging them on something (and maybe for other reasons, too). The buttons are stored in an envelop until the dress is clean, so it's easy to say they've been lost or to say they were accidentally misplaced.