Sorry....this is going to be a bit long.... I had my most frustrating shopping experience EVER this evening at Banana Republic. I was so enraged that I felt compelled to speak to a manager (my first time), to write to the corporate office, and of course, to spill on the PF. You know how they say in retail, people are more likely to tell people about their negative experiences rather than their good ones, so here goes... I'm not sure how frequently some of you shop at Banana Republic, but I spend a couple thousand dollars a year there. The clothes fit me really well and are pretty versatile (for the office and casually). Since I shop there so often, I pretty much know my sizes and very rarely have to try things on in the store unless I am really uncertain. On Sunday, I purchased three of the same sweaters, but in different colors. When I got home, I tried them on and realized that the sweaters were actually too short! So this evening, I went to the Banana Republic in Tyson's Corner, VA to return them. I approached the register and told the associate that I had a return. She asked me why, and I told her that I didn't get the chance to try them on in the store, and when I got home, I found that they were too short. She immediately stepped away from the register, and I could hear her whispering into her earpiece. When she came back, she informed me that I could NOT return the sweaters because I wore them! WTF!?!?!?!? The tags were all clearly attached AND the sweaters were all neatly folded showing no signs of "wear". She proceeded to tell me that they have a new return policy and that people can only return unused, unworn, and unwashed clothing. I told her that my sweaters were exactly that - they were never "worn" outside or washed...only to try them on while I was at home. She kept insisting and accusing me of wearing those sweaters! I told her to examine them if she was so convinced that I went out in them, and it was at that point I lost it. I hate confrontation and rarely EVER raise my voice, but something inside just snapped. I started arguing with her, and said that by her logic, anyone who makes a purchase at Banana Republic can never make a return if they go home and try the items - in fact, if I tried it on in the store, I'd have to buy it since it was "worn". It was so ridiculous, and she tried to backpedal saying that she wasn't accusing me of wearing the sweaters - so why couldn't I return them then? After a few minutes, she gave in. I felt really embarassed and humiliated by the experience. I am a good customer and to be treated like dirt was really the last straw. I looked for a manager to complain about my treatment. He was really apologetic and explained that they instituted a new policy since people were returning items used - that some things has stains on them. While I can understand that they are trying to lower loss/revenue, they should train their employees to be more tactful. I used to work at Anthropologie and we had regular customers return things worn ALL the time, so I am sympathetic. He could tell that I was really upset by the experience, and as I was getting ready to leave, complimented me on my Marc Jacobs "Mouse" shoes. I was so rattled by the experience, I really wanted to say something snarky in return but just let it slide. So, I'm sharing this as a warning....just be prepared in case they grill you or give you a difficult time. Thanks for letting me rant.