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Coat Check ProTip


Thought I would pass some wisdom on you which I learned for myself a bunch of months ago but has become way more relevant as the weather has began to grow colder. The tip, as the title of this blog post and the above picture implies, is all about coatchecks and the tickets they give out so you can reclaim your coat later.

I have seen this happening to the best of us, you go out and use the coatcheck and receive a coatcheck ticket to reclaim your coat. Hours and many drinks later you arrive back at the coatcheck and want to pick up that coat. You start looking through your pockets, you rifle through your wallet, ladies you start taking apart your purses, and no ticket can be found! Did you lose it on the floor earlier when you pulled out your wallet, phone, gum, or whatever? Who knows! All you know is you are now either stuck with pleading with the coatcheck folks to give you your coat back because you can identify it and it’s very distinct and maybe you can tell them what’s in the pockets. The other alternative are to sit and wait until everyone leaves the establishment and if your coat is still there they give it to you or leave and freeze for the night and pick it up the next day. Suck right?

Not to worry though! I have a solution to this problem that ails all of us at one time or another! Check out the picture below:

Just take a picture of your coatcheck ticket right when you get it and before you shove it into whatever pocket or crevice of your purse. A key aspect to the taking of this picture is, of course, being able to clearly read the number on the ticket. Most coatcheck room staffers that I have ever spoken to about this and every one I have tried this with will accept this picture as clear evidence that that coat which you claim to be yours without a physical ticket is actually yours. Problem solved! You’re welcome! Now your can keep yourself warm all the way home and don’t have to worry about keeping that tiny ticket safe all night for later!

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  1. danah
    October 27, 2011 at 8:25 am | #1

    so simple and so easy. thanks!

    • October 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm | #2

      You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed and appreciated.

  2. October 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm | #3

    Nice one, Dan! This will be a lifesaver for me, for sure ;)

  3. October 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm | #5

    I do this with dry cleaning chits and yet it never occurred to me to do it at coat check, despite lost tickets.

    • October 31, 2011 at 12:24 am | #6

      Now you know and I am happy to be the one to give you the thought. Spread the word and let’s never see a friend begging the coat check people to believe them that that’s “totally their coat” ever again!

  4. October 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm | #7

    Haha, brilliant! I’ll definitely try this out. I’ve been using similar methods while shopping at IKEA, instead of carrying those ridiculously tiny pencils around the store.

    • October 31, 2011 at 12:25 am | #8

      Great call! Also, so annoying trying to write on a piece of paper you’re holding in your hand. Even a magazine doesn’t help. Beyond that, I have to ask what kind of ragers you throw at your place that you’re at IKEA often enough to have worked out a system such as this. I use coat check all the time….

  5. Sage
    December 22, 2011 at 11:57 am | #9

    This is so simple and a great idea. I can’t imagine why I never did it. I will be using this technique now. Thanks!

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