Target Complaint - Unfair & Dangerous
WILLIAMSVILLE, NEW YORK -- I had no idea that the commercials Target aired would actually represent a true Sprint to the merchandise. At 12:00am on Black Friday I got in line at your Eastern Hills store with the intention to purchase the Westinhouse 40" LCD HDTV. I was in the front portion of the line. It was a cold, wet and rainy night. At approximately 2:30am a representative from Target decided to clearout tents and other inapproapiate makeshift shelters. No one seemed to care that this would cause a huge gap in the line. Because the line was so long and there was no crowd control to keep the line in order when the line was straighted out up front, people sprinted pass me because I cannot run and no one knew the doors were not opening. I lost several places and could do nothing about it. At 4:00am when the doors opened it was mayhem. Several additional people srinted ahead of me as Target employees stood on the side yelling "Do not run!" The irony was that if you did not run you simply did not get a TV. I was pushed and twisted my knee badly and by the time I limped to where the TVs were stationed they were all gone. Like I mentioned it was wet and cold. My feet were stiff and slippery. Entire families came with one family taking 6 of the 40" TVs with one family member obviuosly under 18 and unable to purchase a TV on his own. I have always been a Target customer and I believed that the Target organization would be organized, ensure everyone's safety and that all would be treated fairly. Target priced this TV and other items ahead of the market and drew many people to the store. I am a financial consultant who wanted to encourage my children to save money and do things on their own but I had no idea that that this would be a dangerous free for all. The advertisements would actually represent that the youngest and fittest would prevail. I hope Target is happy with the type of people it will encourage to do this again. This event was dangerous, not properly managed and unfair. But I do get the commercial now.