Target Complaint - Non-English speaking employees in Duarte, CA
DUARTE, CALIFORNIA -- I went in to a Target store in Duarte, CA, looking for a particular item that I saw on the store's web site. I found it no where on the shelves, and decided to ask an employee for help. After I explained to the employee what I was looking for, she, who looked very confused and puzzled, yelled out to another employee about 10 feet away from us something in Spanish. I wasn't sure whether the first employee understood what I was telling her as she never spoke a word to me. She simply turned to the second employee as soon as I finished and they proceeded to have a discussion in Spanish (a language I do not understand). From what I gathered by their tone, they were not sure what the answer to my question was. Then a third employee walked by, and the two motioned for her to come join us. They pointed at me, as though to indicate that I have a question. I asked the third employee if she speaks English, and she answered that she does. I was relieved to finally come across an employee there who understands English. I explained to her what I was looking for, and she pointed me in the right direction.
I came home that day somewhat upset at my experience. So I wrote an email to the email address I found on Target's web site, explaining in detail what happened. The following day, I received a response from someone named Dylan from Guest Relations. He wrote a few short lines in a cold and insincere tone, thanking me for taking the time to write, but never apologizing for what happened. He wrote, "the team members we employ nationwide represent the diversity of the country and communities where our stores are located." Yes, Duarte is a predominantly Hispanic community in southern California. Does that mean I should be subjected to this sort of customer service? I wrote back to the guy telling him I shall never set a foot in another Target store again. He responded, "I'm sorry we aren't able to assist [you] further."
This sort of an attitude from the Guest Relations department of a superstore, is just downright disgusting, and I would have expected better from Target. Such a shame.