Monday, November 17, 2008

Dear Disgruntled Target Employee,

I could see your contempt for me and my overflowing cart the moment I darkened your check-out aisle. You offered no pleasantries, just a scowl and a roll of the eyes.

Pardon me, Target Guy, but isn't the whole goal of Target to lure people in under the guise of "just buying diapers" but then, $400 later, your cart is brimming with items you never thought you needed when you entered the store, but just HAD to have the second you spotted them?

I'm pretty sure there are brain wave-altering signals being emitted throughout your stores. Silent signals that change your logical diaper-buying mind into an out-of-control impulse shopper.

No, I never knew I needed the faux mother-of-pearl-handled silverware (enough for 14 people!) until I saw it and someone turned the brain control lasers on me. I also never would have suspected I needed that giant blue glass bowl or turquoise platter. In fact, I didn't realize I was going to completely redo the theme and color of my Thanksgiving table until I entered the store.

So really, Target Guy, I could do without the attitude!

I could tell you hated the sight of the silverware heading toward you on the conveyor belt. "How many?" you snarled.

"Well," I said cheerfully, "fourteen each of spoons, knives and forks."

"HOW MANY?" you snarled again.

This time I wasn't as cheerful. "Fourteen times three," I snipped.

Target Guy, please don't ask me to do math--it's not my strong suit in the first place and to do it while I'm unloading my overfull cart and trying to calm a two year old really just isn't possible.

Speaking of the two year old--I know she was crying--but she wanted her little doll back and she didn't understand what "Just wait one more second until he scans it" means. You see, Target Guy--that meant I needed you to scan it right away so I could give it back to her. Did you notice that she stopped crying when you finally scanned the doll!?!

You may have also noticed that my hand was bleeding in two places. That was because this glass bell jar thing (that I didn't realize I needed until I saw it) started to slip out of my precarious cart and, in saving it, I managed to slice my hand twice.

Oh--one more thing Target Guy--when you rushed me out of your aisle by waving the receipt in my face while I was still struggling to wrangle the stuff into the cart, I hit my shin really hard with the oversized Tupperware wrapping paper container that I didn't realize I needed and now I have a giant bruise.

So, bloodied and bruised, I limped out of your Target--but you know what hurts more, Target Guy? My feelings--because you were just mean!

Your disgruntled customer,

Jennifer

P.S. Rod Stewart called--he wants his hair back!
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49 comments:

Dee from Downunder said...

Hope you left a smear of blood on his counter to clean up....

What a horrible experience for you.

I have the problem like you with dolls or similar needing to be scanned and given back... I usually say loudly," the lady/man will beep it first, then you can have it... " while giving them the beep it fast or else stare. (BEEP-SOUND THE SCANNER MAKES)
hope your hand is not too bad.

Ronda's Rants said...

Here's what I do...I tell my daughter to walk away because I am like your Mother (I rmemeber the restaurant)
I ask the Target guy "What happens when you have an unhappy customer?" I smile really big...while I ask and he answers!
Then my face gets serious...
Your attitude (or whatever) is making me unhappy...Do we need to involve a manager? I smile sweetly again.
They always aplogize...always!
I think sometimes people don't think we get that they are taking "it" out on us! My daughter thinks I am rude but I am not...I never raise my voice or swear (well hardly ever)
I am sorry he was so rude and Rod Stewart who I do love...so, has 80's hair!

Heather said...

The mind control stuff is in the popcorn, too. As soon as you walk through the door and the smell of the popcorn hits you, you're sunk.

Well, at least I am. It is extra-bad when I don't even have Kiddo with me so I can use her for the excuse of why I'm buying the popcorn-small drink combo.

Mamahut said...

OMGawd, I thought I was the only one that gave in to the "I gotta have it" mind altering brain waves. And when you get a checker that ruins it...well it just ruins the whole thing for me. I like to shop...don't ruin it for me damnit!
Don't ever go to the guy under
30's line, they will ruin it everytime!
Hope your next trip is better.

Kori said...

I love Target. But I too have experienced this.

Andrea said...

so sorry about your horrible target trip! when sarah,or isaac, has something that needs to be scanned and returned, i say kinda loud 'let the lady scan it first' as i shove it basically in her hand. they always get the point. hope your day was better after that!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I totally agree about the mind control and that "popcorn" scent is really some addictive chemical.
As for your checkout guy, what a turd. I'd have went straight over and complained to the manager, but I'm mean like that.
How dare he not scan Pickle's doll IMMEDIATELY? She is the PICKLE, for crying out loud!

Allison said...

Did you shop at the same Target I did yesterday?!!! LOL

sandi said...

TARGET is my biggest weakness. I go for socks and come out with EVERYTHING!

Sorry that kid was such a jerk. What goes around comes around. He will get it in the end!

I am still loving your blog and so happy I found it!

Jennifer said...

This check-out guy was probably in his 60s--but still rockin' (NOT!) the Rod Stewart hair!!

Blue Castle said...

Grumpy people can be so awful. Especially when they're supposed to WANT to help you.
Next time, you should totally do what Ronda Rants wrote. :)

Jo-Jo said...

You seriously need to send this letter to the manager or at least call him! I can't stand it when I get a rude check out clerk. If you don't need the job, and obviously you don't because you aren't doing it correctly, than do us all a favor and quit!

Sera said...

You are so stinkin' funny! I'm laughing over here. Sounds like you got quite a punk. People without personalities should not operate cash registers. Love your thoughts on the mind altering brain waves - so true! Thanks again for the morning laughs. Have a good one!

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

My husband won't let me go into Target........it is that bad.
I go in for baby wipes and I leave with a new dress, a new toy for Merrick, chips, etc.

Angie said...

LMAO "rod stewart" bah humbug to him, we had a wallyworld moment like that last night. But what is it about Target that sucks us in, lol. Hope your hand and shin feel better~

Becky said...

I would totally be on your side and say that "TARGET SUCKS" if they didn't have complete control of my mind already.

Oh I HEART Target. You are so right when you say they have all the things you didn't know you needed! I can never walk out of there for under a $100 bucks!

Jen said...

You are so right, there must be something in the air at Target to make you think that you need more stuff. Stupid Target guy, he should be happy, oh wait he works at Target. Maybe the appeal wears off once you work there.

Jeauxdi said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Target! But SO sorry you can out with battle wounds!
HAPPY B-DAY to your son! I am sure y'all had as much fun as we did!
Have a great day!

~*giggle*~

Jenni Jiggety said...

But yet we still go back...it's an addiction.

Grand Pooba said...

Ha! Poor girl!

spleeness said...

haha, you hit it right on! I'm convinced they have a mind-ray machine streaming new and never-before-acknowledged but suddenly urgent needs into our consciousness. I hope Target sees this post and starts underscoring the importance of politeness to their workers!

Jen B. said...

What a snot! I hate it when the employees act that way! My hubby has actually left a cart full of things at Walmart & went elsewhere to get everything because of the way the cashier acted... wish I had his guts!

Shan said...

Hmm, maybe his Rod Stewart hair wasnt feathered just right and was bumming him out. Yeah, what is with such rude people as of late? I mean seriously, maybe a punch to the throat would improve their attitude. Oh, too much? I find that occasionally a little violence in the general direction of a snotty rod stewartesque pain in the butt checker is good therapy during the season. I get so tired of people thinking they can throw attitude. Well guess what bud, we all have things we would rather do! Geeze. It is way awesome when you get that super nice helpful checker though, I always thank my lucky stars when that happens, and ALWAYS fill out a customer card. I think people deserve to be recognized when they do a stellar job. JMO.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like that Rod Stewart look-a-like, Tar-jay emplyee was a complete jerk-o!

Can't wait to see your new Thanksgiving dishware and utensils, Jen. Sounds pretty. :)

Susie said...

You should feel sorry for him. He has that attitude because his job SUCKS!!

noble pig said...

Wow, I have never had a mean-Target guy, only mean, personality-less Wal-mart checkers. I mean if there weren't people to check out he wouldn't have a job! Whatever.

CaraBee said...

I think Rod works at the Sears near me! What a coincidence! Is it really such a hard job? And is it really so hard to be nice? I guess so.

amelia bedelia said...

You poor thing! The things we go thru while shopping! I'm a Target-a-holic, too!

Honey Mommy said...

How rude. I would totally go find a supervisor and report him for his bad attitude! They shouldn't have people like that working customer service!

Shannon said...

Ugh. Sorry Disgruntled Employee ruined your Tar-jay experience.

What is it with that place, anyway? I'm with you and Heather... there has to be some brain manipulation going on in there...

steenky bee said...

I always feared for the day I ran into the Target Lady from the SNL sketches, but next to this guy, she sounds like a dream.

Aubrey said...

Rod Stewart...LOVE it. I can just imagine! Thanks for the laugh and the letter!

WheresMyAngels said...

There is nothing better then draining your wallet at Target, only to put everything you bought (with the tags still on it) in a garage sale a year later.

mrsmouthy said...

Sue them! Sue them! There are like 5 different counts you could sue them on from this one shopping trip, starting with psychological damage caused to your 2-year-old!!11!1

breelyn_faith said...

Yeah I hate the attitudes too and don't usually let them get away with it. If they start to get disgruntled with me I always think of something to do that will make them uneasy enough to get their attention and somehow that always seems to straighten things out. LOL! I think the worst is rude receptionists in a doctors office. I HATE THAT MORE THEN ANYTHING!!! I always get the manager involved if I have to. There is just no excuse for that! Sorry you had to deal with that.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

Well, I HOPE you mailed this letter to that Target!!!!!!!

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

Attitudinal cashiers and store people S-U-C-K. I vote you go back over there and say that Rod Stewart thing to his face.

Temple said...

lmao at the closing Rod Stewart comment! Thanks--I needed a laugh today!

SuZ said...

Ha ha ha ha... Love the Rod Stewart comment. But what the hell, where did service go? I try and try and try to be nice to people that work in the service industry and I mean, would it really kill you to just give me a smile and pretend my small talk doesn't kill you? Honestly, is that too much to ask?

Jaime said...

I am LOL at the Rod Stewart comment! I hope he reads this blog!!

Z's Mom said...

That's terrible! You should actually send a letter of complaint to Target.....they do need to remember customer service.

cornnut32 said...

i hate jerks like that. i would have yelled at him.

Preston said...

What a total jerk. You should send Target Corporate a link to your post. I tend to be more direct with cranky check out clerks. I'll usually ask them if I've done something to offend them and when they say no, I look them in the eyes and ask them why they are acting like it. That usually elicits a sorry and a story about why they are miserable.

Emily said...

Love the letter. I think we all can sympathize! Well, not with the diapers, or the 2 year old/doll incident because I don't have kids. But the unneccessary shopping combined with rude checkers is right on!

Jen Sue Wild said...

OH my!!
You made me almost spit my water out all over my computer. LOL

Amanda K said...

Nicely done! Some checkers just don't realize that their job is to scann item after item and it shouldn't matter if have 1 or 50... they get paid to do it and if they aren't scanning yours, they are scanning someone elses...

Veggie Mom said...

Ugh...what a loser! But you handled it well, so good for you. Hey there, SITSta! Gotta Super-Duper Giveaway that's Goin' On over at my place...please stop by when you have the chance!

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