Target Complaint - Incident With Male Target Employee
MIDLOTHIAN, VIRGINIA -- Warning: Creepy Target Employee on the Prowl
In a Midlothian Target, I caught a white, male employee staring at my partner and me as we looked in the book section. Weird guy--I'd guess in his forties. He was standing in the aisle across from us, which I believe contained medicine, dental hygiene, etc.
When I made eye contact with the male employee, he continued to stare at me. Mind you, he did not smile or ask us if we needed any help. He just stared, and it made us both feel uncomfortable.
Now, my partner did have a sling on, but her injury is such that she can still exercise to a certain extent. And, having just worked out before heading to Target, we were both wearing work out attire and walking through the store quickly. (I, personally, don't want to spend all day in Target and like to get in and out as fast as possible.)
Let's Aim for Common Sense
So, with the above description considered, perhaps this weirdo employee thought we were trying to steal something. But really, buddy? Neither my partner and I had picked up a single item in the store. Did you even bother to notice that, sweetheart? And to assume that two young women, walking quickly, one with a sling on, must be trying to steal--it's just absurd.
Thoughts: Answering the 'Why'
I suppose there's a reason this forty-something year old is working as a salesperson/security extraordinaire at Target: some bad choices in life mixed with a hefty dose of stupidity. Notice how I work in the benefit of the doubt here.
It's Not Just Me, Which Makes It Worse
I know of other people who have gone through similar situations during which Target employees make outrageous assumptions about customers. One woman was even followed to her parked car because two employees had mistaken her for someone who actually had stolen something. (This occurred at the VA Beach Target on Laskins.) What could Target managers be telling their employees? Make sure to make customers feel like they've done something wrong? Use the "sales" tactics of following and gawking at customers?
Conclusion: Shop Elsewhere
To recap, my partner and I went into a Midlothian, Virginia area Target ISO a book. We were followed around by a male employee, who then took it upon himself to stand in an aisle across from us and stare. His actions were inappropriate, and I should have confronted him about it--I regret not doing so. No one should be stared at by one of these employees in the manner than I was. It was rude and completely unnecessary.