Friday, December 10, 2004

The Target of My Wrath

Yeah, it's old news. But it's one of those stories that just stays with you. The Salvation Army isn't allowed to have its Red Kettles in front of Target stores. That just isn't right. But, take heart, the Kettles are allowed in front of Wal-Mart[shameless link - buy stuff] and other stores. Hey, it's the same cheap stuff, only not priced as high. But back to Target. Since everyone else is dumping on them, this seems like a good time to pile on.

I don't shop at Target, and I didn't before this Salvation Army thing, but, if I did, I wouldn't. Hang on a second while I re-read this paragraph. Just a second. Hmmm. Okay. Yeah, that's what I meant.

I was saying, I don't shop at Target. I have. I've bought underwear there. But I quit shopping there some months back. And, yes, it's been inconvenient. I've had to wash my underwear instead of throwing it away and buying more. Maybe I'll buy some from K-Mart[shameless link - buy stuff]. Anyway, I quit shopping at Target. What happened, you ask? Go ahead. Ask. I'll wait. No, really. Ask.

Okay, I quit shopping at Target when I saw a rubber on the floor of the local store. No, not in the packet. Out of the packet. I don't think it was used. Or, at least, not very used. But, still, a condom on the floor! Right across from the candy aisle near the greeting cards! I don't think Hallmark makes a card for that. Anyway, I told customer service. Then I left. And, don't you just know it, I found out later I forgot something. So, I went back. Now, it's a half-hour later and I see the prophylactic in the same place! Now, to be fair, I can't swear under oath it was the same one, but I don't even want to think about that possibility. It struck me that the snot-nosed kid who said he was the manager on duty just decided to leave it there. No, I'm not saying he should have reached down and picked it up. Hell, I could have done that. But I wasn't about too. Besides, it wasn't my store. But, I was the customer, and I should not have to put up with someone's love-glove laying in the middle of the floor. He could have gotten a broom and swept it up. It's a Target, for cryin' out loud! They got brooms.

Anyway, the impression I got is that Target doesn't care. So, no Salvation Army? Not surprised one little bit.

On a happy note, Campbells' Soup has helped out the Salvation Army by giving $1,000,000 to help feed hungry kids. And I can't find anything on Campbells' site about it. Seems they're not doing it to toot their own horn. Could this evil corporation be doing good?

Campbells' Soup. Mmm mmm, good.

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