Target Boycott.. you In?

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    Jul 31, 2010 12:52 PM GMT
    For those of you that are unaware, Target donated $150,000 to a candidates (PAC) for Governor of Minnesota that is not only against gay Marriage and adoptions by Gays but is an ally of a Christian gruop that calls the out right killing of Gays " Moral".
    Also Best Buy has also donated $100,000 to the same candidates PAC.

    Below is a video made by a Grandmother where s he went to Target and purchased goods with her Target charge only to go directly to the manager to return the goods an dcut up her card and explain to the manager why she won't shop at Target.

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    Jul 31, 2010 1:11 PM GMT
    There is also a quickly growing Facebook group dedicated to keep everyone up to date on Targets response to this boycott.



    Contact Target and let them know how you feel!

    Gregg.Steinhafel@target.com
    612-696-6234
    fax: 612-696-6325
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    Jul 31, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    That's a stand up woman!

    I cannot believe Best Buy would do this also!? Best Buy should know gays are tech lovers!

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    Jul 31, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    Love her. I've signed the petitions. They can forget about my money until this is made right. Oh, and that goes for Best Buy too -- they did the same thing.

    http://minnesotaindependent.com/61883/more-businesses-join-target-in-funding-republican-pac

    These a-holes think we aren't paying attention and that we won't follow through on our claims of boycott. Just watch me!
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    Jul 31, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    my right honourable kindred,

    it isn't enough to simply boycott a particular business. if money is the primary language being spoken, then speak loudly with this voice:

    http://carrotmob.org/


    people will still need stuff, and speak with their consumer dollars. organize here and i'll be happy to join you. this is an elegant model, the lightsabre of consumer activism. and it could be one hell of a party too.


    cheers,

    cogitor


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    Jul 31, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    heheh, we're going to Best Buy just down the road from us today and guess what we're going to do? (no Target in Canada) . I think we'll drop a thousand bucks there then take it all back and tell them why, like that quietly understated and powerful lady just did.


    -Doug

    PS we'll tell you what happened.

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    Jul 31, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    I 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.

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    Jul 31, 2010 4:18 PM GMT



    Target's $150,000 Donation To Fund Anti-Gay Politics
    http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/targets_150000_donation_to_fund_anti-gay_politics


    Tell Best Buy: $100,000 To Minnesota's Tom Emmer Doesn't "Keep The Planet Healthy"
    http://environment.change.org/blog/view/tell_best_buy_100000_to_minnesotas_tom_emmer_doesnt_keep_the_planet_healthy



    Boycott Best Buy Until They Cease Funding Anti-Gay Politics
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Best-Buy-Until-They-Cease-Funding-Anti-Gay-Politics/132453820129363

    Boycott Target Until They Cease Funding Anti-Gay Politics.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Target-Until-They-Cease-Funding-Anti-Gay-Politics/147077835306202



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    Jul 31, 2010 5:52 PM GMT
    What's funny is that Best Buy has employees walking in the Austin Pride Parade.

    But yeah, I'm in. Haven't shopped at Best Buy in forever and Target I never have to go into.
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    Jul 31, 2010 6:17 PM GMT
    Wow, that was a pretty powerful statement. I've only shopped at Target and Best Buy occasionally until now and I don't think it'll be too much trouble to avoid the stores completely. So I guess I'm in.
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    Jul 31, 2010 6:34 PM GMT
    Am proud to say I have never shopped at Target and now knowing what they do am never going to contribute a penny to them in future.
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    Jul 31, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    That Target and Best Buy would give money to candidates who spew anti-gay rhetoric is sad indeed. It either speaks of stupidity on the part of those two companies or agreement with such hatred. Neither is a comforting notion.

    It does bring up a small quandary though. Where am I going to shop for my clothes and other necessities? I don't shop Wal-mart because I can't stand the place nor how I perceive they treat their employees. Their customer service leaves something to be desired. For me down in Savannah that leaves Belks, Sears and K-mart; hardly inspired choices.

    Damn shame about Target and Best Buy as I do like shopping them.
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    I used to work in both of these stores and Target was the best the two...
    Best Buy uses some very shady tactics to increase their revenue on a regular bases, which is why I swore off that place.
    $150,000 is nothing to these corporations... which is why I wonder is there is another motive.... Don't forget about Urban Outfitters! <---Anti-gay owners that actually supported putting out t-shirts that read "Voting is for old people."
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    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.
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
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    Wait... aren't you forget that no here cares about the opinions of faceless/deleted profiles. icon_wink.gif

    I didn't even bother to read over it.
  • RSportsguy

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    Jul 31, 2010 7:26 PM GMT
    I think she is a beautiful woman and I applaud her for taking a stand. Jake is very fortunate to have a mother so supportive!
    I have shopped Target before, but I will not until they can make this right. I am a very loyal shopper at Best Buy, but that will cease too. I was actually going there on Tuesday to pick up a movie that goes on sale then. I will order it online from Amazon now!
    Thanks Lapinblanc for posting this!!
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:28 PM GMT
    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.



    Fuck u!
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:31 PM GMT
    I won't go to Target nor to Best Buy anymore icon_mad.gif I don't like Target anyways, everything's so red. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:31 PM GMT
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    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.



    Fuck u!


    ditto
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    Lapinblanc saidFor those of you that are unaware, Target donated $150,000 to a candidates (PAC) for Governor of Minnesota that is not only against gay Marriage and adoptions by Gays but is an ally of a Christian gruop that calls the out right killing of Gays " Moral".
    Also Best Buy has also donated $100,000 to the same candidates PAC.

    Below is a video made by a Grandmother where s he went to Target and purchased goods with her Target charge only to go directly to the manager to return the goods an dcut up her card and explain to the manager why she won't shop at Target.

    HTTP ADDRESS GOES HERE


    She picked a cute cashier
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    But I love Target... And now they want to have me killed icon_sad.gif Fuck you Target!
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:47 PM GMT
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    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.
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:48 PM GMT
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    pergamus said
    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 bunch of guys here are being a bit sheepish (i can see the hate mail coming for this). 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.


    Unhide your profile new_in_town, why don't you do it?icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 31, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    ROFL that was EXHILARATING!

    Whew! I'm expecting a call now from the mucky-mucks at Best Buy.

    ...to quote Bill, "They got Doug-ed."

    -Doug
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    Jul 31, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    By default I will, I don't shop at that crap store. Someone needs to start a gross Target customer's website lol