A confused, desperate N.A.T. leaves a paper trail...
An old woman went up to the SIDE of customer service (meaning not in the LINE) and as I pass by with my trash can she says, "YOU! I CAN'T FIND EXTRA LARGE (detergent brand)!"
Me: Well we are a smaller store, we don't have all the items that.....
Old woman: THAT IS NO EXCUSE! IT WAS IN YOUR AD! I WANT A RAINCHECK!
Me: If you get in line here at customer service someone will assist you....
Old woman: NO! I'M DISABLED! I CANNOT STAND IN A LINE!
At this point the manager who is already helping people asks me to do the rain check.
I have done a rain check before- the item has to be missing; meaning I need to see the the code from the empty shelf.
Me: Where was the item supposed to be?
Old woman: IT'S NOT ANYWHERE! THIS IS FALSE ADVERTISING! IT'S RIGHT IN YOUR AD!
I work at a 'Jr Bullseye' and it is very common for people to see the ad for 'Regular Bullseye' and think it applies.
Me: Show me.
Old woman: IT'S........well it's not in THIS ad..
The supervisor is yelling from across the room for me to get the item code- which is pretty much impossible for me and my trash can.
I see a group of shelf stockers and they have a scanner that can do item search. I say to the nearest one
"(Supervisor) wants you to make a rain check for this customer."
She tries to hand me the scanner, but I say, in my most innocent voice, "But I'm just a janitor, I don't know how to use one of those...." as I proceeded to make my escape.
Yes I'm a terrible person and karma will get me.....
Back to cleaning,
I swear some of those security gates go off randomly just to freak people out.
Twice I've purchased DVDs from Bullseye. They won't set off the alarm there, but they've set off the alarm when I've tried to enter another store.
Maybe it's different systems or something. It's wicked annoying though because you need to go up to the counter with the item and the receipt to have them do the swishing turning off thingy.
Because their homophobic CEO Gregg Steinhafel stepped down in April. For years the LGBT community was pissed over his $100,000 donation of Target's dollars to a known gay-hating politcal candidate in his home state. He acted like it was no big deal but what else was he doing behind the scenes with Target's corporate power? It was sad and difficult that so may gays and their supporters were driven to boycotting a company that so many gays worked for. Now that Greg is gone, Target can go back to being the beloved Tar-zhay that so many of us enjoy shopping at!
From Huff Po:
Target announced its support for same-sex marriage in a court filing on Tuesday, finally putting an end to years of dodging the subject.
The mass market retailer signed an amicus brief in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago, joining other big companies that have taken a stand for marriage equality. The case deals with legal issues in Wisconsin and Indiana, two states where lower courts have struck down gay-marriage bans.
"It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage," Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Target, said in a statement posted on the company's official blog.
By finally making its stance public, Target joins other major U.S. corporations like Apple, Nike and Facebook in its open backing of same-sex marriage in U.S. courts.
Amicus, or "friend of the court," briefs, are filed by parties interested in a legal action, but not involved in the case. They're often filed in appeals of civil rights cases and other topics of public interest.
Target, which operates nearly 1,800 stores around the U.S. and boasts a worldwide workforce of around 360,000 people, has been criticized for remaining neutral on same-sex marriage in recent years.
In 2012, the company refused to take an official stance when a battle over marriage equality raged in its home state of Minnesota -- despite releasing wedding registry ads that featured two grooms. "We recognize that there is a broad range of strongly held views on the MN Marriage amendment," a Target spokeswoman said at the time, referring to a proposed amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
But this time, Target decided to make its position known.
"This brief is important, as the issues it addresses have significant impact on businesses," said Kozlak. "But it is more than that and we agreed that now is the right time to more directly share our views on this issue."
Target said it has "long offered comprehensive, competitive benefits" to its LGBT employees and their families. The company scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's 2014 Corporate Equality Index, which tracks corporate policies that affect LGBT workers.
Retail shout-out time!
I have four kids, and three of them go back to school on Monday. This weekend is the tax-free holiday in our state for school supplies and clothes, so it is the best time for me to do my shopping - our sales tax rate is over 9%. Well, I had a few awesome experiences that I want to share. Sorry, this is a bit long, but I don't want to leave anyone out.
I wanted to avoid the crowds as much as possible and I knew it would take multiple stops, so hubby and I got up early, made the kids breakfast, and were at the Bulls-eye right after they opened. There were probably 2 dozen cars already in the lot.
We got in and found most of what we needed fairly quickly, realized we needed to go elsewhere for the rest of it, and headed to the checkout. Once we were checking out, I realized that I had forgotten to load their app for my discounts before we got to the checkout.
Forgive me, Thrognar, I had a massive list, the kids were distracting me, and I was in pain!
I go to load it, and my phone has a massive brain fart. The cashier is completely unfazed, and I'm apologizing profusely because this exactly the kind of thing I try to avoid.
She suspends my transaction and we move out of the way so she can take care of the other customers while I restart my phone and I finally get the app open. The never once lost her smile or her patience, and she let me get back up to the register as soon as I was ready. I was very thankful for her consideration in my moment of brain fog.
Okay, so we run to the green tree to get a few things that we knew would be best to get there, and head over to the depot because my oldest has a 3" binder on her list. We luck out and get a spot at the door (yay!), and we are immediately greeted when we walk in. I tell the associate what we are looking for, and he lets me know that they actually have some on CLEARANCE because they are discontinuing certain ones and takes me to where they are. I saved $5 on that purchase simply because he took the time to tell me.
Our last shopping stop was at Floor Blue for the last couple of things because I knew they had them on sale. We grab what we need, and I decide to pick up some of the chocolate they have at the register for my dad. My little girl (age 6) started to grab at the candy, and I tell her to leave it alone. The cashier thanked me and said she doesn't hear that nearly often enough. She also commented at how well my kids behaved, and that just made my day. It makes me feel like I'm doing something right.
Okay, the final piece of the story... after all that shopping it was lunchtime and we were all hungry, so we went to our favorite Saturday spot (they do kids eat free on Saturday). We order and go sit down, employee brings out our food, and my 3-year-old is begging daddy for his Rotel dip. I tell him I'll go get him some. Kid loves it and it's only a buck, so why deny it? He did really well through all the shopping.
The employee hears me, says she'll go get it, and she wouldn't let me pay for it. She's in there basically every time we come in, and she's always sweet as can be and seems to genuinely love her job and the kids. It was a much-appreciated gesture to this tired mom.
I am so thankful for all the fantastic people that helped me and were patient with me today.
Moms Demand Action has launched online petitions against corporations after members of open-carry groups brought loaded assault-style firearms into stores. In the case of Target, 400,000 signatures were collected.
The decision by Target, one of America’s largest retailers, to ask its customers to please not carry firearms to its stores anymore marks another surprising victory for gun control groups, which have rallied for attention and impact after the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre.
Moms Demand Action, a part of the Everytown for Gun Safety consortium, which is funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, now has six notches in its belt after targeting major corporations with online petitions and protests. In the case of Target, 400,000 signatures were collected. Chili’s, Starbucks, Chipotle, Sonic, and Jack in the Box have all responded to petitions by specifically asking customers to shop and/or eat unarmed.
Target is by far the biggest retailer to date to concede to the demands of Moms Demand Action. Target’s competitor Wal-Mart is the country’s largest firearms seller and has noted that it doesn’t plan to make any policy changes on gun carry.
The petitions have come in response to demonstrations by so-called open-carry groups where members bring loaded assault-style firearms into stores. Those tactics have sparked a rare public backlash against public gun carry and introspection among gun owners in a country where states recently have, on the whole, pushed laws strengthening gun and self-defense rights.
To be sure, gun rights groups point out that some recent corporate policy changes are meaningless since they don’t actually ban guns, but simply request nicely that customers don’t bring them. But after the pressure on corporations like Starbucks and now Target to change their policy on guns, it’s clear that what Moms Demand Action calls its “common-sense” approach on the Second Amendment is winning converts, and at least shifting the weight slightly on the long-running tug of war between pro-gun lobbyists like the National Rifle Association and gun control and antiviolence organizations.
“Moms everywhere were horrified to see images of people carrying loaded assault rifles down the same aisles where we shop for diapers and toys,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, after Target’s announcement Wednesday. “... Target recognized that moms are a powerful customer base and political force – and you can respect the 2nd Amendment and the safety of customers at the same time."
The open-carry demonstrations and ensuing petitions have been discomfiting for US corporations, which have in the past mostly allowed local ordinances to dictate whether customers could bring guns to their stores. Target, especially, is in a tough spot after alienating some of its customer base with its handling of a massive data breach that took place around Thanksgiving last year.
Coming out with an antigun policy is a potentially risky move that could alienate large swaths of the buying public. But in the end, Target could have been more worried about the effects of a month-long #OffTarget social media campaign, urging mothers to shop at other stores until Target changed its policy. The retailer’s stock price rose slightly Wednesday on the news.
“This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” Target interim CEO John Mulligan said on the company blog. “[S]tarting today we will … respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.”
Target has 1,700 stores in the United States and made about $70 billion in revenue last year. It doesn’t sell firearms.
The NRA, in a blog post in May, chastised open-carry demonstrations as “weird” and ultimately damaging to gun rights. But chief NRA lobbyist Chris Cox later walked back those comments, saying that calling open-carry protests “weird or somehow not normal was a mistake.”
After Target’s announcement, at least some gun owners acknowledged that the move suggests gun control groups are winning this battle.
“They have been generating outrage and delivering it to companies who will listen. We have been sitting on blogs complaining about [Open Carry Texas], open carry, the state of Texas, and anything else we can think of to make ourselves feel superior while the antis were – quite effectively – lobbying for a policy change,” writes “Dave,” a commenter on the well-read “Shall Not Be Questioned” blog. “Their strategy was superior. [T]hat’s a bitter pill, but the fact is the other side beat us at a game we have traditionally owned.”
From Huff Po:
A Target employee found a loaded handgun in the toy aisle of a South Carolina store last week, just days before activists began petitioning the retailer to ban firearms from its stores.
The gun, loaded with live ammunition, was found sitting atop a superhero Playskool toy box at a Myrtle Beach store last Friday, WMBF News reported Thursday morning.
"We take these matters very seriously and we are partnering with local law enforcement on this incident," Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, said in a statement to The Huffington Post. "Because this matter is under investigation, we are unable to share additional information."
On Wednesday, the gun-control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America kicked off a national campaign calling on Target to prohibit the open carry of guns in its stores.
The petition has dragged Target into a bitter fight between Moms Demand Action and a collection of open carry advocates in Texas, who were photographed toting assault rifles through a Dallas-area Target in March.
Videos and photos of affiliated open carry groups hauling their firearms into Chipotle, Chili's and Sonic prompted the restaurant chains to announce no-gun policies last month. Under intense criticism, C.J. Grisham, president of the group Open Carry Texas, has since backed down, asking members of his group to stop bringing their rifles into businesses.
"Assault rifles and guns don't belong in the baby aisle, they don't belong in the toy aisle -- and they don't belong in any aisle of stores that American moms frequent like Target," Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, said in a statement on Thursday. "It's time for Target, a store that American moms flock to, to follow the lead of Chipotle and Starbucks and prohibit the open carry of firearms.”
For his part, Grisham, in a statement to HuffPost, suggested that "despicable" gun-control activists planted the gun.
"Target is currently in the crosshairs of gun control extremists who will stoop to [no] level too low to effectuate their agenda," he wrote in an email. "Our children are our most precious commodity and intentionally putting them in any kind of danger to exploit a personal agenda is deranged, sick and twisted."
UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. -- A spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action responded to Grisham's allegation with this statement: "The insinuation that an organization devoted to the prevention of gun violence would plant a loaded gun in the toy aisle of Target is utterly ridiculous. Moms Demand Action is solely focused on the safety and security of our families and communities. Only one organization has a history of bringing loaded guns into Target -- it's not us."