1. I will wear my oldest, rattiest clothing, or
2. I will not buy household cleaner with bleach, or
3. I will check and close the cap on anything I do buy!
This formerly all black shirt (albeit a bit faded) is now unwearable, as are the other two pieces I had on today; a grey pants and jacket set - that I love wearing - and will now have to toss out. I would try to dye them black, but I know it won't turn out well, since the bleached areas would never be as dark as the rest. If I bleached the other two pieces, they would turn as pinkish-orange as the spots, and I wouldn't wear that color anyway.
What happened? I had packed one of my bags with paper products and tucked the spray cleaner bottle in among them. When the clerk finished packing the last of my bags, she tossed a large pack of paper plates on top of the bag where the bottle sat, which might have loosened the top (it might have been loose all the time, but it didn't look as though it was.) Her action also pushed the bottle over on its side, but I didn't realize that was a problem.
I went out to my car and proceeded to place all the bags into the back of my van. When I pulled that bag out of the cart, I smelled bleach and looked down to see the spots on my shirt and other clothing. I marched right back into the store, bottle in hand, and located the manager. He gave me some paper on which to write my name and phone number, saying that he would have to report the damage to a third party, who would contact me in about a week. He also took a photo of the spots on my clothing, got another bottle for me and said he had tried the caps on all the other bottles and none of them was loose. (As if I cared about the other bottles - the one I bought had all my attention.)
Here's another problem: I have had this outfit for at least 3 years and I no longer have the receipts for any of the pieces. I can estimate what I paid for them, but I can't be sure. I could go to the shop where I bought them and ask, but I doubt any clerk there now would remember that set. How would you attempt to put a price on the clothing?
Make no mistake about it, the grocery WILL be buying me a new set of clothing. I just want to be fairly sure that I get the proper value.