I have shopped at your store for close to 20 years. The store is convenient to my home and your personnel have always been courteous and helpful. On the few occasions when there was a problem with merchandise, you always took care of it to my satisfaction. Your prescription department has answered my questions and has had my medications ready for me in a timely manner. So it is with some sadness that I tell you I will be spending my money elsewhere. Here's why...
(From the website for CBS News, WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota.)
"MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Target Corporation says it is “continuing to stand for inclusivity” and will welcome workers and guests to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.
The company made the announcement on its website Tuesday, saying Target supports the federal Equality Act that provides protections to LGBT individuals.
“In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” the company wrote."
I have nothing against people who believe differently than me. If a person wants to spend their days in a bunny suit or a matador suit of lights, have at it. If they want to take on the persona of Mother Goose or Batman, I don't care. But when you tell me that it is alright for a grown man to share a bathroom with my eleven year old granddaughter or share a fitting room area with my teen-aged granddaughter, I must disagree.
I realize that the disease of political correctness has spread far and wide. I understand that companies will trade common sense for compliance with demands of groups who stomp their feet, scream and shout and file lawsuits when their demands are not met. I get the part where protection of LGBT individuals or any group of law abiding folks is a good thing.
But please, please tell me why the protection of my grandchildren isn't just as important. Tell me that you can guarantee their safety from the predators and pedophiles who will most assuredly take advantage of your policy decision in order to satisfy their lust for children.
I don't suppose that it will do any good to remind you that if a six foot tall man wears a wig, lipstick and a skirt, that does not make him a woman. That is not any different than if a person stands in a garage and proclaims himself to be a car.
I am not foolish enough to believe that the loss of my dollars will have any effect on your financial status. But unlike companies who pander to special interest groups, I have a conscience. And that conscience will not allow me to fund in any way a company that has so little regard for the safety of my grandchildren.
So, Target, unless you find your lost common sense, we are through.
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