When In-Store Safety Measures Don't Make the 'Cut'

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Most retailers equip their clothing with sensors that prevent thieves from leaving the premises without setting off an alarm. Some even put sticky tabs inside handbags and wallets that leave an annoying (and destructive) residue. High-end stores also employ security guards to provide extra protection. But what happens when one of the biggest names in retail overlooks something even more dangerous than theft?
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Most retailers equip their clothing with sensors that prevent thieves from leaving the premises without setting off an alarm. Some even put sticky tabs inside handbags and wallets that leave an annoying (and destructive) residue. High-end stores also employ security guards to provide extra protection. But what happens when one of the biggest names in retail overlooks something even more dangerous than theft?Years ago, when shopping in the housewares section of Macy's, my sister and I discovered that every knife on display sat loose in its block. Of course, we were positive that these had to be 'dummies' designed to imitate the look and feel of the product itself, nothing more. However, upon closer inspection, we confirmed that they were actual knives. Yes! In an era of heightened paranoia and increased security, Macy's was guilty of leaving customers vulnerable. Our mother may have reported the matter to an associate, but that part remains fuzzy, as we were rather young at the time. Regardless, even as young girls, we were concerned and appalled.

But, as we fast-forward to last weekend, one may actually think we'd stepped into the past because--you guessed it--the knives were (and are) still free for the grabbing. (Thanks to my sister for demonstrating. See image for details.) Unlike yesteryear, however, I immediately took to Twitter to voice my discontent and concern. Thus far, Macy's has yet to reply and offer an explanation or solution.

Perhaps it's an anomaly. Perhaps it's the only store that doesn't follow protocol. Regardless, this oversight remains careless and detrimental. Even metal detectors, random pat downs, and handbag searches cannot prevent someone who's mentally unstable from snatching one of these knives and slashing anyone in their path. I'm honestly shocked that someone hasn't rectified the situation throughout the years. Clearly there haven't been any incidents, thank goodness, because had there been, Macy's would've put these knives under lock and key immediately. But the fact that these objects are easily accessible make me uneasy at best. How can any shopper feel genuinely safe once they realize this threat exists? Let's face it--with violent acts plastered across the nightly news each evening, one can never be too safe nowadays.

Readers, what's your take on this situation? Should Macy's make moves to secure these knives, or are they fine just the way they are? Sound off in the comments below!

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