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9/11/16 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.
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.
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.”