The Target boycott is costing more than anyone expected


Locutus
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I, Napoleon

By Kate (external - login to view) on August 27, 2016 10:00 AM | 1 Comment (external - login to view)



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A boycott against Target over its bathroom policy seems to be costing the retailer more than anyone expected.

The boycott started in April after Target announced that it would welcome transgender customers (external - login to view) to use any bathroom or fitting room that matched their gender identity.

The announcement triggered an immediate backlash. Critics said the policy opened the door for sexual predators to victimize women and children inside the retailer's bathrooms (external - login to view), and more than 1.4 million people signed a pledge (external - login to view) to 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 is installing single-occupancy bathrooms in all of its stores to give critics of the policy more privacy (external - login to view). The new bathrooms, which already exist in a majority of Target stores, are costing Target $20 million to install, Fortune reports (external - login to view).

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 No. 1 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 Chick-fil-A's founder, S. Truett Cathy, set off a fury among gay-rights supporters (external - login to view) when he told Baptist Press (external - login to view) 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 organizations opposed to same-sex marriage (external - login to view).

Despite the backlash, Chick-fil-A's sales soared 14% in 2012 (external - login to view).

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.



The Target boycott costs $20 million - Business Insider (external - login to view)
 
DaSleeper
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The cost of progressive ideas...
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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People who obsess about who is in what bathroom are stupid. Really, there are stalls.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

People who obsess about who is in what bathroom are stupid. Really, there are stalls.

You don't have a 7 year old daughter.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

You don't have a 7 year old daughter.

Straight men are the same or worse offenders for that behavior.
 
lone wolf
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How do you survive at camp with a one-holer?

Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

You don't have a 7 year old daughter.

7-year-old has more to worry about with someone she knows, Check the stats....
 
Locutus
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the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

extreme case, build the open-minded transqueer-gender-plus-neutral community whatchamacallits one separate little water closet. maybe they can gofund them.
 
DaSleeper
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Kreskin
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This keeps shoppers away? Dream on.
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

I hope that's not katy perry.
 
lone wolf
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Personally, I'm nore concerned about the folk who have to check between other folks' legs for something to bitch about. When ya gotta go ... ya gotta go
 
tay
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Remember, your kids are in way more danger of getting sexually abused at a church or unfortunately, by a family member/ friend of the family, than taking a leak in a public restroom.......


September 2016 to date;


Atlanta Pastor arrested for molesting a ten year old. Source. (external - login to view)

Florida Pastor arrested for trying to meet a 14 year old boy for sex. Source. (external - login to view)

Phoenix Pastor arrested for impregnating a 13 year old and marrying a 10 year old. Source. (external - login to view)

Youth minister in Washington was arrested for sexual abuse of a minor. Source. (external - login to view)

Another Washington Pastor was arrested for child molestation charges that spanned more than a decade at church camps. Source. (external - login to view)

A pastor in Mobile was arrested on child rape and sodomy charges. Source. (external - login to view)

Brunswick Pastor arrested for child molestation. Source. (external - login to view)

New Mexico Pastor sentenced to 4 1/2 years for child porn. Source. (external - login to view)

Pennsylvania Pastor arrested for child porn. Source. (external - login to view)

Vancouver Chaplin charged with child porn. Source. (external - login to view)

Pastor pleads guilty to child porn. Source. (external - login to view)

Baptist minister pleads guilty to child porn. Source. (external - login to view)

Oregon Pastor arrested for child porn. Source. (external - login to view)

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And the reason why you don't see any Catholic priests on that list is because the Catholic church 'looks' after their own if they are reported

https://www.ncronline.org/news/accou...cted-pedophile (external - login to view)
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Remember, your kids are in way more danger of getting sexually abused at a church or unfortunately, by a family member/ friend of the family, than taking a leak in a public restroom.......

And you want children to be equally at risk in public washrooms as they are at church/mosque/synagogue and at home.
Last edited by Walter; Sep 18th, 2016 at 08:00 AM..
 
Danbones
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damn
they are going to have start hiding out in bars
 
DaSleeper
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Hoof Hearted
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I understand being a lesbian, because most women appreciate beauty in all forms. But two dudes sitting around all day making balloon animals out of each other's genitals just ain't my cup of tea.
 

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