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Woman stuck by needle gets huge payout from Target

Sep 11th 2016 

A South Carolina woman has won her multi-million dollar case against Target after being stuck by a needle in the store's parking lot.
According to court documents she parked and had gotten out of her vehicle when her daughter picked up a hypodermic needle. The woman swatted the needle out of her daughter's hand and when she did, the needle stuck her in her right palm. She reported the incident to an employee and was later tested for HIV and Hepatitis. She was negative for both diseases. The woman has been awarded more than $4.6 million.
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The Target boycott is costing more than anyone expected

8/25/16  A boycott against Target over its bathroom policy is costing the retailer more than anyone expected.
The boycott started back in April after Target announced that it would welcome transgender customers to use any bathroom or fitting room that matched their gender identity.
The announcement triggered an immediate backlash. Critics said the policyopened the door for sexual predators to victimize women and children inside the retailer's bathrooms, and more than 1.4 million people signed a pledgeto stop shopping at Target unless it reversed the policy.
But Target didn't back down.
Now shopper traffic is declining for the first time in years and the company isinstalling single-occupancy bathrooms in all of its stores to give critics of the policy more privacyThe new bathrooms — which already exist in a majority of Target stores — are costing Target $20 million to install, Fortune reports.
The company revealed its traffic declines last week when it reported second-quarter earnings.
Target's same-store transactions, which is how traffic is measured, fell 2.2% in the second quarter. Overall sales fell 7.2% to $16.2 billion.
"In the second quarter, our number one challenge was traffic, which affected sales in all of our merchandise categories," Target CEO Brian Cornell said last week on a call with analysts.
Cathy Smith, the company's chief financial officer, added: "Traffic performance showed a meaningful change from prior trend. I want to pause and make it clear that we are not satisfied with our second quarter traffic and sales performance."
In the past, even the most widespread calls for company boycotts have tended to blow over within a matter of weeks to months.
Chick-fil-A, for example, faced a nationwide boycott in 2012 after Dan Cathy, the son of the late Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, set off a fury among gay-rights supporters when he told the Baptist Press that the company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." Following Cathy's remarks, reports emerged detailing Chick-fil-A's many charitable donations to anti-gay-marriage organizations.
Investors seem unsure of the long-term impact of the boycott on Target's sales, however.
The retailer's stock is down 1% since the start of the year.

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When Do Identical Products Have Two Different Prices At The Same Store? When They’re Sold At Target, Obviously


Target’s pricing and labeling incompetence is so legendary that we now use the term “Target Math” to describe a situation where any retailer baffles customers by, for example, advertising a “sale” that is more expensive than the everyday price, or where percentages are irrelevant, or when the economy of buying in bulk is turned on its ear. The latest fuzzy math from Target involves charging two different prices for identical items, including infant ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
KSHB-TV in Kansas City [Warning: Auto-play video at link] investigated after hearing that a local Target customers were paying more for infant formula painkillers if they purchased them in the baby aisle than if these same items were purchased in the regular pharmacy section.
Reporters purchased two different types of infant Motrin from these sections and found that both cost more (upwards of one dollar) when purchased from the baby supplies section. Likewise, infant formula Tylenol was $.40 more when they didn’t get it from the regular pharmacy section shelves.
The baby section versions were identical, except they had been stickered over with new barcodes so that they wouldn’t ring up as the same item found elsewhere in the store, leading some to wonder if the retailer was trying to cash in on new parents who might not think to look in the pharmacy section.
According to KSHB, this was a nationwide glitch, not just a single errant Target store.
Target claims an “error in our pricing system” is to blame, meaning this is just another example of why kids today should be taught Target Math in elementary school.
“We apologize for this inadvertent error and the confusion it has caused,” reads a statement from the retailer. “Once we were made aware of the issue, we updated the pricing systems to reflect accurate and consistent pricing of these dually-located items. The consistent, revised pricing is now displayed in our store.
“Guests who bought these items within the baby department can bring their receipt to Guest Service at their local Target store, and the price difference will be refunded.”

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