new_in_town saidI think she's crazy or old and with a lot of time on her hands. or both. If she wants to stand up, she should use her time wisely and take her comments and camera to target corporate headquarters. Maybe call the local news and get them to put her on tv to publicize it.
Going to the local target and trying to tell the 17-18 yo high school employee and the underpaid manager that she is taking a stand against an insignificant (150k) contribution target made to a political campaign is crazier than courtney love on drugs.
The poor target employees must have been laughing as she left the store. As if they care she is returning what she bought 30 seconds earlier. or maybe they do care since that would be the last time they have to deal with her crazy rants.
Wait...aren't you underestimating the power of viral video? She might be a small, crazy old woman, but I saw what she did. I am not that 17-18y/o employee, nor am I the underpaid manager. I'm sending it out to my 800+ friends on Facebook to get involved. My prescriptions and shopping at Target will cease. A small, crazy old woman, but she is helping launch a movement. Pretty admirable, in my humble opinion.
perhaps i am underestimating the video, but i doubt it. People have short attention spans and they see these kind of activism as good ready-to-watch drama before they turn their attention to dinner or what toothpaste to buy at the store. out of 800+ friends you have on facebook, say half of them agree with her (assuming a half democrat/republican ratio). Of those 400, maybe 75% will say they want to boycott target. between 50 and 90% of those will have forgotten about the boycott by the end of the week. of the few who are left, target is one of the few places they can get cheap things because they hate walmart and so, they are forced to stick with them. the few left who will actually go through with the boycott will be so few that target won't care.
Also you are assuming that contributions to republicans can only hurt target. If gays want to boycott target maybe some nutty religious group will voice support to offset any lost customers. like a zero sum gain event.
i wasn't taking down the old lady so much as i was pointing out that her time and energy was wasted in the wrong venue. A better way to voice opposition is not to attack or annoy regular employees at the local store who maybe agree with her but don't have time or patience to pay attention to people like her. If she has a problem with target, she should take it to the people who are responsible for the decision (Target corp. not $7 an hour employee).She could contact local media outlets to get the attention she wants.
also a bunch of guys here are being a bit sheepish (i can see the hate mail coming for this - or better yet some very original 4 letter word insults). i haven't looked it up but I'm sure target has contributed to both reps and dems in the past. When corporations contribute to campaigns they are not necessarily endorsing EVERY position of the campaign. My guess is target liked what candidates say about some business thing and throws each candidate a dollar bone. They probably didn't even know the candidate's position on gay rights. most corporations give money to all campaigns. besides target has always been sorta gay-friendly.