February 21, 2007 – On this day 13 years ago Carson, Pirie, Scott closed its State Street store, and 84-year-old Virginia Connor, who has worked in the men’s department for 46 years, the last four of which were in “Men’s Basics,” bids farewell to her fellow clerks. “The mind of men is extremely interesting,” Connor says. “Men are extremely vain. Men always say they’re smaller than they really are, in the waist. They don’t really mean to lie, they just believe it, in their minds. And so, you have to be very patient with them.” [Chicago Tribune, February 22, 2007] When Connor began her career at Carsons she was required to wear white gloves, a suit or a skirt and blouse and a jacket. As of this day she will be dressing up to look for another job. One of her last interactions with a customer is with a man who comes up to her, asking to exchange an item. “Exchange what,” she asks him. “There’s nothing in the department to exchange. It’s gone."