Well, I've never carried a stapler or pulled a tag. But then I live by the old-school thrifting code. It does seem like this sort of thing is becoming more of a problem as e-bay flippers continue to invade the stores. Used to be that only the crazies and completely destitute pulled off the tags. Now it seems to be done by people trying to improve their margins and the thrift stores around here, at least, are taking a much harder line on not selling un-tagged things. Anyway, sorry to hear about your loss, texas_jack. If it's any consolation, I've found that once the thrift store staff gets to know that you're an honest thrifter they'll be more accomodating in pricing tag-less items. So consider the DK jacket an offering to the thrift-store gods and an investment in the future. And, who knows, it could show up again. Thrifting is all about karma.