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Target Is Getting Loads of Criticism for This Sweater

OCD isn't something to joke about, critics say

(Newser) - Target is selling a Christmas sweater that many are complaining about for trivializing mental illness. The sweater reads "OCD: Obsessive Christmas Disorder," and USA Today reports that people have been tweeting their unhappiness. "Thank you @Target for helping to perpetuate the idea that OCD is some sort... More »

Target Store Somehow Plays Porn Over Loudspeaker

Moans, groans caused chaos in Calif. store

(Newser) - Shoppers at a Target store in California say they had to cover their children's ears when an X-rated soundtrack suddenly starting blasting out of the store's audio system Wednesday morning. Shoppers at the San Jose outlet say it sounded like the soundtrack to a porn film starring two... More »

Target Troll Returns to Stick Up for Rainbow Doritos

Haters are 'slowing down collective progress for all humanity': Mike Melgaard

(Newser) - Mike Melgaard is at it again. The guy who famously trolled folks outraged that Target was taking down gender-specific signage is back, this time lending his "customer service" skills to the Doritos brand, Time reports. After Doritos' rainbow-colored chips debuted last week as a sign of support for LGBT... More »

'Force Friday' Has Arrived

Retailers hold one-day merch event for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' movie

(Newser) - On the fourth of every month, it's easy to find random "May the Fourth be with you" platitudes on social media from Star Wars superfans—but today's "Force Friday" may even lure Jabba the Hutt onto the Internet or into a store on Tatooine. Just after... More »

Man Spends Day Trolling Outraged Target Customers

Target may have even enjoyed it

(Newser) - Facebook users angry at Target over the company's decision to remove gender-specific signs from its toy departments found themselves at the wrong end of a pranking courtesy of one enterprising Arizona man. Ars Technica reports Mike Melgaard created a Facebook account under the name "Ask ForHelp" this week... More »

Target Ditching Girls' and Boys' Labels on Toys

Company decides it's time for GI Joe and Barbie to get to know each other

(Newser) - The days of girls' toys and boys' toys are over—from now on they're all just toys, at least at Target. The company says it will be getting rid of all gender-based signs in its toy sections in the coming months, Time reports. Pink and blue shelves are going,... More »

CVS Opening Inside of Target

New stores will include CVS pharmacy; clinics to be rebranded

(Newser) - Target's pharmacy will be no more. CVS Health has announced a $1.9 billion acquisition deal that will see it take over more than 1,660 Target pharmacies across 47 states. CVS will also acquire Target's nearly 80 clinics, to be renamed for CVS' in-house MinuteClinic brand, Reuters... More »

Lilly Pulitzer at Target: Good Buys, Bad Fashion

Washington Post critic says brand is about clothes, not fashion

(Newser) - Target paired with fashion line Lilly Pulitzer over the weekend to offer a limited collection, and it was a smash success from a retail point of view. Online merchandise sold out within hours, reports AP , while most shoppers at physical stores ended up out of luck. Those in the latter... More »

Target Hikes Minimum Pay to $9

Competition for low-waged workers heating up

(Newser) - An ad campaign highlighting the fact that the pay is better at Walmart appears to have hit home at Target. The chain, which has been under pressure from labor groups and is facing more competition for low-waged workers, has announced that the minimum wage at all its stores will be... More »

Kind Target Workers Prep Boy for Job Interview

Teenager was just shopping for a clip-on tie

(Newser) - How often do shopping expeditions in mega-stores lead to heart-warming moments that go viral on Facebook? It happened the other day when a teenage boy went to a Target in Raleigh, NC, ABC 11 reports. The boy wanted a clip-on tie for a job interview, but an employee said they... More »

4 Retailers Selling Misleading Herbal Supplements: NY AG

GNC, Walmart, Target, Walgreen accused of hawking possibly dangerous products

(Newser) - Consumers who've been popping herbal supplements may want to take note after the New York State attorney general announced yesterday that four retail giants are selling herbal items that may be mislabeled, crammed with fillers, and potentially dangerous, the Guardian reports. Eric Schneiderman sent cease-and-desist letters to Walmart, GNC,... More »

Mom Suing Target for Son's Suicide

Store's 'walk of shame' made Graham Gentles suicidal: lawsuit

(Newser) - A Target employee leapt to his death last summer after being taken on an alleged "walk of shame" through the store—and his mom is suing the company, NBC Los Angeles reports. The suit claims that Graham Gentles, 22, was stopped by security and police when he showed up... More »

Target Closing All Canada Stores

2-year experiment does not end well

(Newser) - Well, Canada, you got to experience the joys of Target shopping for almost two years, but no more. The company has decided to pull itself out of the country after first launching there in March 2013, it announced today. Brian Cornell, Target Corp. CEO since last summer, explained in a... More »

Home Depot Breach May Be Bigger Than Target's

Chain looks into 'unusual activity' of credit card data

(Newser) - If you shrugged off the recent celebrity hack of private photos, along with the massive Target breach last year, here's one more punch: Home Depot is investigating a potential breach of customer data from credit and debit cards, reports Reuters . The scoop originally came from Brian Krebs of Krebs... More »

Russian Hackers Might Have Your Password

Small group has stolen about 1.2B, biggest known collection: NY Times

(Newser) - If all the previous reports about Internet security breaches and stolen passwords weren't enough to scare you into changing your info, this one might: The New York Times reports that a small group of Russian hackers has collected 1.2 billion username and password combos, along with about half... More »

Pilot Crashes in Target Parking Lot

She's injured, passenger dies in hospital of severe burns

(Newser) - A 52-year-old female pilot had barely gotten her private plane in the air yesterday near San Diego when she lost power and aborted an attempt to land at a municipal airport, reports KNSD-TV . "Problem now. I’m not getting any altitude here," she said in a distress call.... More »

Target Worker: I Reported Shoplifting Cop, Got Fired

Dallas Northington says he followed procedure as usual, Target disagrees

(Newser) - On May 27, Dallas Northington, who had worked for Target in loss prevention for almost eight years, reported an alleged shoplifter to police in Leesburg, Va. But the man in question—shown on two surveillance videos—may be a sheriff's deputy in a neighboring county, and within days Northington... More »

Target 'Respectfully' Says Leave Your Guns at Home

Even in communities where carrying a gun in public is legal

(Newser) - Please don't bring your .38 to Target anymore. The company—whose logo is, ironically, basically a shooting range target—has "respectfully" requested that customers keep their firearms at home and out of stores—even in communities where carrying a gun in public is legal, USA Today reports. Moms... More »

Loaded Gun Found Among Target's Toys

Police on the hunt for a male suspect

(Newser) - A Target worker checking out the toy aisle in Myrtle Beach last week found what he first thought was a toy gun but turned out to be a real, loaded one, WMBF reports. Police say a male had been spotted walking up and down each toy aisle before the handgun... More »

Target CEO Exits After Giant Hack

CFO temporarily takes over for Gregg Steinhafel

(Newser) - Target's CEO is leaving his post after a hack of its systems saw 70 million customers' personal information stolen over the holidays. Gregg Steinhafel, who has been with the company for 35 years, is resigning immediately. He will be replaced, for the time being, by chief financial officer John... More »

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