6/24/15


July 18th marks the first year without Graham. To mark the event, I will be standing in front of Target 777 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA with my "BOYCOTT Target" signs. I welcome anyone who wants to join me here or in your own neck of woods. This my fight and I expect to be alone (it is my new life, being alone) but drive by and give a out a HONK.

(Note:  The below photo is generic and not representative of Mrs Gentles or that issue)


TARGET CORP IS A BOTTOM FEEDING PIECE OF CRAP.   BOYCOTT TARGET!

38 mins · 
Target is trying to force me in allowing them to make a public statement. I said no, so now they are threatening to sue me for legal fees. Target is the WORST.

Graham Gentles - 'Memorial Page''s photo.


Here is part of the documentation that Mrs. Gentles lawyer has given her.  It seems that Tarbutt is threatening Mrs. Gentles with the 'claim' that if she won't go along with this that she will have to pay the entire cost of Tarbutt's defense of the case.

6.0  DISCLOSURE OF TERMS 

The Settling Parties have agreed on a joint statement that can be released to the public if inquiries are made about the Subject Action.  

Said statement shall read, ““Both the Gentles family (or Mrs. Gentles) and Target agree that this was a tragic event and are saddened by the loss of Graham. At this time, both parties have discussed the issue and Mrs. Gentles has decided to dismiss Target from the case. Out of respect for the family, neither Target nor the family has anything additional to share at this time.”  

Note:  If she agrees with this then she has a damn poor law firm giving her advice!
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6/19/15
Anna Akana's photo.




6/6/15

The Gentles v. Target Corp suit has ended


Sunday, June 7, 2015

All who posted private messages, I am alright. I had to take time off, life can be very overwhelming. I appreciate all your kind words. 

I have dropped the lawsuit. Target will never take responsibility for their actions and have made the last few weeks unbearable. 

I will continue my fight against Target by never setting foot in any store, I will continue to be outspoken of their murder of my son, and I will never understand their lack of compassion for all the employees. 

Target has asked that I meet with them so that I will find closure (are they kidding?). How can I find closure when they took my only child from me? I have no desire to forgive or forget what Charlie and Tony did and continue to do to their Target crew. 

For myself all I can do is warn parents that their children are not safe working in places where workforce bullying is practiced and ignored by management. People need to standup against loathsome behavior and never be accepting of it just because it is not happening to them. 

When you sit quietly by these practices you are giving the bullies a stage and letting them know they have power. Take the power back for the good and fight the injustices. 


Suit details are found at:  
http://gentlesvtarget.blogspot.com/

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6/6/15

For additional info on Target India put those keywords into the white search bar in the upper left hand corner of this site.  There is a lot of info on India on this site.

RELATED KEYWORDS: |Target India|



Target India lays off 180 employees


TV18 Broadcast lays off 300 employees
TARGET India is laying off 180 employees in its Bengaluru centre as the US retailer undertakes a global restructuring with the objective of saving $2 billion in the next two years. (Representative image)
BENGALURU: 

Target India is laying off 180 employees in its Bengaluru centre as the US retailer undertakes a global restructuring with the objective of saving $2 billion in the next two years.
 

Those laid off will receive a severance package that includes two months' salary , and a month's salary for every year of service. 


The Bengaluru centre has more than 2,800 people supporting Target across areas like technology, marketing, human resources, finance, merchandising, supply chain, property development, analytics and reporting. 
From the Archives -  
Anyone remember why there is a Target Sucks blog?  Here is the answer and the longer version is found at:  http://www.dmlp.org/threats/target-corp-v-doe


Description
Target Corporation, a chain retailer, filed a lawsuit against an initially unknown Internet user with the handle “Target Sucks” for copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets for allegedly posting information on various retail-employee forums and blogs. Target identified the user as  Harris based on the information it received after subpoening Internet providers.  Harris allegedly posted Target’s "Asset Protection Directives," an in-house theft prevention manual, on several websites critical of Target.

Target asserted in its two-count complaint that the user “acquired a copy of Target’s AP Directives from a recently terminated Target employee, Scott Hundt.” Target alleges that Hundt emailed a copy of the AP Directives to the user, as well as posting that information on the website www.targetunion.org. After learning of the post, Target threatened legal action against Hundt, who admitted wrongdoing and cooperated with Target's subsequent efforts to block the further dissemination of the AP Directives. 

Target and Hundt emailed cease-and-desist orders to the user and received no reply. Target alleges that instead of complying with its demands, the user posted the AP directives to “various retail-employee forums on the Internet.” Target sent cease-and-desist letters to those forums, and the AP Directives were removed. Target asserted that the user’s “dissemination of the Target AP Directives is deliberate, willful, malicious, oppressive, and without regard to Target’s proprietary rights.” Compl. ¶ 33. Further, the complaint asserted that user had disclosed “such information without the express or implied consent of Target, for the benefit of himself.” Compl. ¶ 42.

In an effort to discover the identity of the then-anonymous user, Target subpoenaed AOL, Yahoo!, Hotmail, Qwest, Comcast, and UPS.  Compl. Ex. B. The court granted these subpoenas. Based on the information it obtained through investigation, Target identified the user as Harris. 

Target claimed that it confirmed this identification based on the documents relating to IP address and P.O. Box information it received in response to its subpoenas to website, email, mail, and internet providers. Req. for Service.
On 04/10/2007, a civil summons was issued for Harris. 

However, attempts to locate Harris for service failed. On 12/21/2007, the court granted a motion for service by publication to the Fulton County Daily Report. This notice was posted on 01/15/2008.  On 07/16/2008 the case was dismissed for want of prosecution pursuant to Local Rule 41.3(A)(3) because the case had been pending for more than 6 months without a substantial proceeding of record.  


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5/22/15

EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 3585 - May 21, 2015 - ISSN 1539-5065    

Target Bans Resellers after Last Month's Lilly Pulitzer Incident

By Ina Steiner
EcommerceBytes.com
May 21, 2015


A month after facing criticism over its handling of a designer collaboration, Target has apparently handed down a directive regarding resellers. It's the latest retailer to crack down on eBay and Amazon sellers who use retail stores to source inventory in what's known as retail arbitrage.

On April 19th, the retailer launched "Lilly Pulitzer for Target," a collection of 250 items across apparel, shoes and accessories. But Target found its website overwhelmed with traffic, and shoppers were disappointed when the website and retail stores quickly sold out of the items.

There was a backlash against resellers who listed the special branded items for sale on eBay and elsewhere at tremendous markups - the hashtag #LillyforTarget turned to #LillyforeBay and #LillyGate2015.

Now Target is banning resellers, say EcommerceBytes readers and according to reports across the web. One reader who spent over $100,000 at Target over the past year said Target cancelled his latest online order. When he called the company, "they told me that they are no longer selling to resellers and the fact that I have ordered a very large amount did not matter," he said. A customer service representative directed him to read Target's terms and conditions online.

On an independent website that's a gathering place for Target employees, users discussed a new directive that they say came down from corporate on May 12. "We no longer accept reseller tax exempt IDs and we are no longer to sell them to known resellers or those with lots of discounts," wrote one poster. "The issue is, Target sells that stuff at a loss to get guests in the store to buy other stuff. Instead of a guest coming in and buying an iPad at a loss and then buying another $75 worth of clothing or whatever, we end up with a loss leader that isn't leading to any other sales."
Two months ago, resellers reported a similar problem with Kohl's, another retail chainstore.

While some say it's the disruptive behavior on the part of resellers when shopping in stores that leads to such bans, such as the 2007 reports about Pottery Ban, Target is also banning resellers from shopping on their websites as well.

Target.com's Terms and Conditions includes a paragraph addressing resellers:

LIMITATIONS ON QUANTITY 
Target does not offer additional discounts on large orders of a single item or on large orders of many individual items. In addition, we reserve the right to limit quantities on orders placed by the same account, on orders placed by the same credit card, and on orders that use the same billing or shipping address. We will notify you if such limits are applied. Target reserves the right to prohibit purchases of any merchandise to resellers. Resellers are defined as a company or an individual that purchases goods with the intention of selling them rather than using them.
Several inquiries to Target went unanswered.

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5/16/15

This is the 'teaser' to get you to look at the below video:

"I Had No Idea About These Secrets For Shopping At Target. I’m So Glad They Were Leaked By An Insider"

http://americanoverlook.com/i-had-no-idea-about-these-secrets-for-shopping-at-target-im-so-glad-they-were-leaked-by-an-insider/46322?bst=targetda

I do not know if the info on this site is correct, probably some is and some isn't as these things may vary by store.

Sample of info FYI:

The first trick for saving money and shopping at Target is to know their clearance and mark-down schedules. Every week, certain departments mark down items in their category on a specific day. The schedule is as follow:

Monday – Electronics, Accessories, Kids Clothing, Books, Baby and Stationery

Tuesday — Domestics, Women’s Clothing, Pets and Market (food items)

Wednesday — Men’s Clothing, Health and Beauty, Diapers, Lawn & Garden items and Furniture

Thursday — Housewares, Lingerie, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Decor & Luggage


Friday — Auto, Cosmetics, Hardware, & Jewelry

You are on your own with this info, the most I buy at Tarbutt is milk/bread etc. if going to Publix is to far to go.   No way in Heck would I buy anything else from this chain.


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5/12/15

Inquiries about these questions come up all the time so I have moved this section up from March of 2013 for easier access.  When finished here you might also take a look at: http://targetpayandbenefits.blogspot.com

Target uses 'Behavioral Interviews', not your Old Fashioned Interview which can be relatively predictable and simply asks where you worked and for how long. You probably have researched Target and are prepared for questions as "Tell me about yourself" and "Where do you see yourself in five years?" but at Target you need to prepare for a different sort of interview.

The theory behind a behavioral interview is that a candidate’s past experience is a good barometer of future success. Employers believe that asking job candidates to discuss specific challenges they’ve faced at their job is more telling and realistic of a candidate’s qualifications than their rehearsed replies. 

The questions tend to be open-ended and start with "Tell me about…" or "Describe a situation where…." Here is a chance for you to highlight your strengths and attributes more strongly than with generic statements like "I’m a good problem solver." 

You may be able to recite your résumé word for word, but are you prepared to explain how you got things done?  Go into the interview armed with stories of your past accomplishments, especially those that reveal leadership and problem-solving skills.  Some job candidates trip on such simple open ended questions as found below.

The questions used at Target are a reflection of the Disney culture.  In the early days Target copied a lot of the Disneyland concepts (such as calling 'customers' guests) including their HR procedures. 

These questions are not unique to Target, and in fact are in no way 'Secret', many firms now use them and you can find out more by taking a look at various internet sites, many of which simply list the below questions or variations of them.

Target's Secret Interview Questions

Interviewer Questions for Executive Team Leader or Team Leader

1) Tell me about a time when you exerted extra effort to help a guest.
2) Describe how you think that product out of stocks can be proactively prevented in the store.
3) Tell me about the last time you missed a deadline and why.
4) Tell me about a time when you were asked to do something with little help or direction from others.
5) Tell me about a time when you were asked to do something unexpected or on short notice.
6) Tell me about a time when you had to learn a new skill that was important for your job.
7) Tell me what you think is the significance or importance of maintaining the Target store image.
8) Tell me about a time when you were dissatisfied with the appearance of your work area and what you did to improve it?

Interviewer Questions for Executive Team Leader Human Resources

1) Tell me about a time that you were part of a group that did not work together as well as it should have.
2) Tell me about a time when you went all out to make your store, or work area, look presentable.
3) Tell me about a time when you had to shift attention between multiple activities that competed for your time.
4) Tell me about a work program or project that was not running well and what you did about it.
5) Tell me about a time when you had to shift attention between multiple activities that competed for your time.
6) Tell me about a time when you addressed a safety concern.
7) Tell me about the last time you had too much to do and too little time to do it.
8) Tell me about a time you investigated your work area for possible improvements.
9) Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult guest or co-worker.

Interviewer Questions for Store Team Leader

1) Tell me about a time when you executed a plan in a timely manner.
2) Tell me about a time when you were unable to help someone.
3) What do you view as the biggest challenge regarding in-stocks in a Target store?
4) Tell me about a time when you asked for feedback that would improve your performance.
5) Tell me about a time when you had to drive a change that was not well received by others.
6) Tell me about the last time you took a project that was a stretch of your skill set.
7) Tell me about a time when you had to introduce yourself to someone new and how you handled this situation?
8) Describe a situation when your planning led to a favorable outcome.
 

Thanks to Dave K for providing this info. If you have confidential Tarbut info send it to me for publication.


Also here are some other questions poached from another Internet site:
  1. Why do you want to work for Target
  2. Tell me about a time you worked on a project
  3. Tell me about a time you lead a team. What worked well
  4. Tell me about your past accomplishments (school or work)
  5. Tell me about a goal you didn’t achieve
  6. Tell me about a time you were stressed and how you handled it
  7. Tell me about a time you had to adjust to a situation quickly
  8. Tell me about a time you had to make a difficult decision
  9. Tell me about a time you had to motivate a team member
  10. Tell me about a time you had a problem with a co-worker and how did you resolve it
  11. Tell me about a time your leadership skills led you to make a bad decision
  12. If you’re not selected as an Intern, what are some positive takeaways
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  5/12/15
Last week, we learned that Walmart would be taking over thirteen former Target Canada stores and a distribution center. Today, home improvement chain Lowe’s announced that is taking over twelve store leases, one store that Target owned, and one distribution center.

MAY 11, 2015

Lowe’s to expand Canada presence by buying Target leases



Mooresville-based home improvement giant Lowe’s Companies on Monday said it’s acquiring leases for 13 former Target stores in Canada and buying a Target distribution center in Ontario for about $124 million, speeding up its expansion north of the border.
The deal came as part of a real estate auction after Target’s decision to exit Canada.
Lowe’s opened its first stores in Canada in 2007 and now has 38 from Ontario to British Columbia, with about 6,000 employees. In 2012, Lowe’s made a bid for Canada’s largest home improvement retailer, Rona, but pulled back after the company rejected the unsolicited offer.
“These additional locations will accelerate our expansion across the country, enhancing our presence in Western Canada and strengthening our base in Ontario,” said Sylvain Prud’homme, president of Lowe’s Canada, in a statement.
Lowe’s said the stores will be located around Canada, including markets where the company has little presence. The purchase of the distribution center will create 2,000 jobs in Canada, the company said.
The proposed acquisitions still need court approval. The court process is expected to be completed by June 30, Lowe’s said.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article20672358.html#storylink=cpy
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Target admits Lilly Pulitzer line was supposed to have lasted weeks


Target  was the victim of its own success.  The web site snafus and quick sell-outs of its line of Lilly Pulitzer beachwear on Sunday showed how the discount retailer still has the magic touch when it comes to design collaborations, even as they earned Target a lot of brickbats on social media from shoppers stymied by target.com’s fail.

It wasn’t supposed to be that way.   Target’s chief merchandising and supply chain officer Kathee Tesija said that the company, which clearly underestimated demand despite weeks of tracking social media, had planned to offer the 250-item limited-time, limited-supply collection for weeks. Instead, the collaboration lasted mere hours.

Target intended to begin selling the collection sometime after midnight on Sunday, but kept postponing the start so it could cope with overwhelming Black Friday-like web traffic. By mid morning Sunday, the Lilly Pulitzer merchandise was largely sold out and some pieces started to appear on eBay at multiples of their Target prices, arousing the ire of countless fashionistas looking for chic stuff on the cheap.

“The experience guests had on Target.com early Sunday morning wasn’t acceptable. It’s as simple as that,” Tesija, one of Target’s highest ranking executives, said in a blog post. “We didn’t get there with this launch and for that, we’re sorry.”  The retailer is looking into why the web site, into to which it has invested heavily to update, underperformed.

Most of these designer collaborations are expected to sell out, and typically do, though in a matter of a few weeks. They create buzz and are a way to get new shoppers to come to Target, a benefit the retailer was deprived of given the unintentionally short duration of the Lilly Pulitzer event.

Compounding the frustration of the company and its customers is that resale sites such as eBay  became the only option, short of buying the regular, luxury Lilly Pulitzer merchandise at full price, for many shoppers. Target is not replenishing its Lilly Pulitzer inventory since it was meant to be a limited collection.

“When we see product that we’ve created for our guests being resold on the secondary market for a profit, it’s disheartening because it takes away from the very intent of these programs,” Tesija said.

By her estimates though, only 1.5% of the merchandise ended up on resale sites.
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  3/30/15


GENTLES v. TARGET CORP

As of today 3/30/15, the matter remains in LA Superior Court.

I anticipate that shortly Target will have it removed to Federal Court.


Case Number: BC570020
VIRGINIA GENTLES VS TARGET CORPORATION ET AL
Case filed on 1/22/2015

4/1/2015 at 1:30 PM in department 93 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hearing on Demurrer



Case Number: BC570020
VIRGINIA GENTLES VS TARGET CORPORATION ET AL
Case filed on 1/22/2015

7/7/2016 at 10:00 AM in department 93 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Final Status Conference



Case Number: BC570020
VIRGINIA GENTLES VS TARGET CORPORATION ET AL
Case filed on 1/22/2015

7/22/2016 at 8:30 AM in department 93 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Jury Trial

3/10/15

Target Confirms 3,100 Jobs Being Cut, 

Left Unfilled At Minneapolis Headquarters


When Target announced it would shut down its Canadian operation, 17,600 people lost their jobs. Now, as the company prepares to embark on a $2 billion cost-cutting effort over the next two years, it has eliminated an additional 3,100 positions, this time at its Minneapolis headquarters.
The Star Tribune reports that the retailer began laying off 1,700 people Tuesday and got rid of another 1,400 currently unfilled positions.
Target announced last week that thousands of jobs were on the chopping block because of new cost-cutting efforts. However, today was the first time the company has used specific numbers to describe the mass layoff.
In all, the eliminated jobs represent about 13% of the company’s corporate employees. Currently, the retailer employs 13,000 workers at its headquarters and another 14,000 people at retail locations around the country. (NOTE:  Small error here, it is 14,000 in other Mn. locations, not nationwide) 
“Today is a very difficult day for the Target team, but we believe these are the right decisions for the company,” the company said in a statement.
Each of the recently laid off employees will receive at least 15 weeks of pay plus additional severance amounts based on their time with the company, as well as six months of benefits, Target said.
The severance costs are expected to reach roughly $100 million, the Star Tribune reports.


3/4/15

Gov. Dayton wants an explanation from CEO for Target's job cuts

Mar 4, 2015, 1:16pm CST
'This could have and should have been handled differently," Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters of Target's plan to cut thousands of corporate jobs.

Staff reporter-Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
Gov. Mark Dayton's great grandfather started the company now known as Target Corp., and apparently, Dayton doesn't like the way the company's new leader is handling business.
Dayton said Wednesday he wants to meet with CEO Brian Cornell to discuss the company's rationale for cutting several thousand jobs over the next two years,according to the Star Tribune.
"I think this could have and should have been handled differently, but that's just my view," Dayton told the paper.
Dayton told reporters that his office was not warned in advance of the layoff announcement as is customary for big job news from Minnesota-based companies, the Pioneer Press reported, saying he wants to hear how the layoffs will happen and how committed Target is to Minnesota.
Dayton and his family no longer have direct ties to Minneapolis-based Target.
Target (NYSE; TGT) is Minnesota's fourth-largest employer after Mayo Clinic, the state and the federal government, according to Business Journal research.

What Target layoffs mean for downtown Minneapolis — and what they don't

Original article at: http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/morning_roundup/2015/03/whattarget-layoffs-mean-for-downtown-minneapolis.html?page=1 
Mar 4, 2015, 5:53am CST UPDATED: Mar 4, 2015, 9:39am CST



Senior reporter-Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

As Target Corp. sheds several thousand jobs over the next two years, the impact is sure to hit downtown Minneapolis.
With a downtown payroll of roughly 10,000, subtracting thousands of workers will affect demand for downtown restaurants, stores and parking lots as well as sporting and entertainment events. But the job cuts won't mean a huge glut of open real estate, at least not immediately.
Target (NYSE: TGT) is the biggest driver of downtown Minneapolis office space. It owns or leases almost 3.6 million square feet, or about 10 percent of the downtown office market. Unless the company starts putting a lot of space on the market for sublease, its hands are pretty much tied by long-term deals.
Target owns most of its space at its headquarters complex on Nicollet Mall. Then it has the following leases for:
800,000 square feet at 33 South Sixth, the 50-story former Multifoods Tower. That lease expires in 2023; Target does have an option to give up perhaps one-quarter of that space sooner, according to sources familiar with the deal. Target reportedly had about 4,000 employees in the building in 2009, when it signed its last big lease there. It will be interesting to see what impact Target's news has on the pending sale of 33 South Sixth/City Center. I expect the current owner,Shorenstein Co., would describe any pending Target vacancy as an opportunity for a new owner to lease the space to higher-paying downtown tenants.
450,000 square feet at 50 South Tenth Street, the former Retek on the Mall building. Target's lease there runs through March 31, 2030, and includes no early termination rights. There are some sublease tenants in that building today, including Ryan Cos. US Inc., which is looking to move its offices elsewhere. That lease, on Nicollet Mall, is more expensive than the 33 South Sixth space and one of the reasons why the tower sold for a record price last year.

* Target also owns a 425,000 square foot office building at 3701 Wayzata Blvd. along Interstate 394 in Minneapolis, called Target West. That campus has historically been affiliated with its credit card and finance operations. And it owns a large campus in Brooklyn Park where it has hired or relocated 5,500 workers who fill more than 1 million square feet of office space, including a large contingent of IT staff.
50 South 10th



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