The Most Dangerous Store In America

Welcome to a store where felons are welcome, law-abiding citizens are discouraged from protecting themselves, pedophiles stalk little girls with impunity and a hall pass. Welcome to a store that sent your personal data and credit card numbers to Russian criminal gangs.

Welcome to Target, the most dangerous store in America.

If you’ve got one of these hives of wickedness in your town, enter at your own risk, because their management wants to ensure they keep their brand promise “expect more, pay less” only they never told you what you should expect more of, or what they think you’ll be paying less for.

On Tuesday, Target let the world know that pedophiles are welcome in their stores. They “felt it was important to state our position.”

We believe that everyone—every team member, every guest, and every community—deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination.

In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.

Either Target has installed mind-readers in its stores, or that policy is an invitation to pedophiles to enter their stores, posing as people who “identify” as women with penises, who wish to use the ladies’ room or women’s changing room. Any father who takes his daughter to the Target fitting room ought to be prosecuted for child endangerment.

The company demonstrates raw hypocrisy. They made this announcement in the wake of North Carolina’s HB2 law which sensibly and redundantly memorializes into law the fact that men and women have different ways of going potty. Apparently CEO Brian Cornell and the other five men on his executive team of eleven all sit down to pee. I wonder what would happen if a man followed Executive Vice President Janna Potts into the executive ladies’ room?

I also wonder if Target plans to close its 49 stores in North Carolina as a result of its stance. I won’t hold my breath.

And ICYMI, Target doesn’t like its law-abiding customers carrying guns, so don’t think you can stop the man in the ladies’ room from kidnapping your teenager that way–although I can guarantee that people with carry permits are going to ignore that request. So are criminals. But guns are scary and pedophiles are fuzzy and warm to Target.

Then there’s the 70 million people who were hacked at Target in 2013. A year ago, Target agreed to pay $10 million–that’s nothing to them, by the way–to settle a class action suit for the worst retail breach in America. That’s up to $10,000 for each customer. “But don’t get excited. It’s unlikely anyone will actually receive $10,000.” Of course. Because customers don’t matter to Target.

If I were you, I’d never set foot in a Target store again. I’d rather pay more or go without than to visit such a dangerous place. 2nd Vote has a whole list of better options, including Hobby Lobby, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and even 7-Eleven.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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