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Happy Birthday Target Boycott

Target is quickly approaching it’s one year anniversary of the boycott against their pervert friendly policies and the news isn’t good for shareholders.  The company has had to spend millions installing new private bathrooms and sales have dropped in all three quarters since the boycott petition racked up millions of signatures.  Their decision that transgenders have unlimited rights and women and children have none has angered many former customers, many of whom cut up their Target credit cards and mailed them in.

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 On April 19 of 2016, Target publicized their bathroom policy in a blog post. The store stated their policy was that customers were welcome to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with, despite concerns over child safety.

“Inclusivity is a core belief at Target,” the company wrote. “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.”

But according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Target CEO Brian Cornell says he never approved the post, only found out about it after it was published and said the ensuing backlash was “self-inflicted.”

Much of the fall in customers could likely be attributed to a nationwide petition that called for customers to stop shopping at the retail giant until the store reversed its bathroom policy. Millions signed that petition.

Still, Cornell has said since then that he doesn’t regret the company’s bathroom policy and they will continue to “embrace our belief of diversity,” according to CNBC.

“We’re committed…to make sure every one of our stores has that option, because we want to make sure that our guests be welcomed in our stores. But if there’s a question of safety, I can tell you and others, our focus on safety is unwavering, and we want to make sure we provide a welcoming environment for all our guests, one that’s safe, one that’s comfortable,” he said last May.

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