Is this a common practice?

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  1. majorhancock

    majorhancock Active Member

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    I just had a Hugo shirt altered (sleeves shortened) at an alterations shop on Hollywood Boulevard. The owner gets nothing but raves on Yelp, but I just picked up the shirt today and found that he had stapled the ticket to the collar of the shirt. When he got the shirt from the rack, he pulled the ticket off, leaving two staple holes in the collar.

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    I started to say something then and there, but the shop was full of customers and there was nothing he could have done in any case, since the damage (as minor as it is) is irreparable.

    Is it a common practice for tailors/alterations shops to use staples on the fabric?

    Needless to say, I'm going to Yelp this and modify his 5-star rating.
     
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  2. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    The holes may go away as the fabric relaxes, but that is idiotic.
     


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    f800gs Senior member

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    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    I have only seen this practice in low end dry cleaners. My tailor would never think of doing such a thing...
     


  5. jt10000

    jt10000 Senior member

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    He could pay to replace the shirt.

    That's inexcusable. Staples have chisel ends that can cut fibers. They're not like pins.
     


  6. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Idiotic is right. Someone should tell them to train their staff better...a lot better. This is a definite no-no.
     


  7. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Can you not use the man for the price of a new one? This cannot be considered appropriate in any way.
     


  8. Texasmade

    Texasmade Senior member

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    Even the the low end cleaners I use for my shirts are smart enough to staple the tag on the shirt label and not on the actual fabric. Stapling on the fabric is completely stupid and will ruin your shirt.
     


  9. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I had that happen to an mtm shirt with a dry cleaner. I pointed this out, and now I get all my cleaning half price. I had originally planned on demanding she pay for a new shirt, but given the language barrier, it was difficult to make the argument. In the end, I think I may have saved money.
     


  10. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    I'm assuming they also stopped putting staples in your shirts, right? Otherwise, half price isn't a very good deal.
     


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