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Old 04 January 2008, 08:49 AM
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Shout Target doesn't support the war!

Comment: The message below was emailed to me over the holidays and I was
wondering if it was true or not. Thanks!

Ok, guys you who know me, know I do not send out junk mail....this is
something I witnessed with my own eyes and I want you to send this to
everyone you know!

"Yesterday I was in Target, in Lafayette, Indiana. I was walking behind
two young Marines in uniform who were doing nothing but shopping. They
were approached by the manager of Target and told this: "Target does not
support the war effort, and we ask that you please leave and not come back
in our store." The Marines tried to explain to the Manager of this store
that they were from Lafayette, had lived here all their lives and were
just home on leave for the holidays and were required to be in uniform.
They went on to state they had shopped in this store since it was built.
The manager again stated Target's policy and asked them to leave."

I am doing everything in my power to get this word out. I have written to
Target Corporation and contacted the local Newspaper. THIS HAS TO BE
STOPPED.

I am personally asking you to send this out to every one you know so that
Target will feel this. Write your papers, call your families and get
the word out: DO NOT SHOP AT TARGET.
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Old 04 January 2008, 10:11 AM
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You ever notice that 4 out 5 times you get a story like this, the victems are Marines. Yeah, that other 20% are Army soldiers, but you almost never hear about Airmen or Sailors being 'abused.' Maybe thats because Marines are The Real American Heroes above all.

Ravenhull

(A note: This veteran of the US Army has nothing but respect for the members, past and present, of the Corps. And I'll even put it in single sylable words for ya, if I need to. )
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Old 04 January 2008, 10:14 AM
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And on another note:

How many rational people (okay, that doesn't include most who forward stuff like this) would realy think that the local manager of a major chain like this would do something this boneheaded, and if he did, the parent company wouldn't make a loud example of him? Lets face it, even if the top management of Target is against the war, they damn well won't let that stop them from getting yet more money.
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Old 04 January 2008, 04:10 PM
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The Marines tried to explain to the Manager of this store
that they were from Lafayette, had lived here all their lives and were
just home on leave for the holidays and were required to be in uniform.
Active duty service personel are required to be in uniform when they are home on leave?
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Old 04 January 2008, 04:12 PM
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Wasn't there another case where Target was accused of ousting Marines in uniform? I may be thinking the wrong store, but the reason there was that they were distributing recruitment fliers, which violates the same store policy that keeps the Salvation Army from putting bell ringers at Target. The men were asked to stop handing out material or leave, and either left or were removed for not stopping.

Even that case, where the rules were followed, I remember that the top management wasn't pleased with the manager. Simply throwing out paying customers for making purchases and standing in line would get somebody fired even if they weren't marines.
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Old 04 January 2008, 05:43 PM
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I'd assume that being on leave means they are not required to wear their uniforms. My SO was not required to wear his during that in between time when he was back from Iraq, "on leave", but not yet back at his civillian job. I believe he said that technically he was on orders. Blah - I don't know how that works.

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Old 04 January 2008, 05:58 PM
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Active duty service personel are required to be in uniform when they are home on leave?
Nope, you have to wear your uniform until you reach your stateside port of debarkation (usually Atlanta or Dallas), then you can change into civilian clothes. However most of us didn't take any civilian clothes over there so we stayed in uniform 'til we got to Fort Livingroom. When I came home on leave my family took me to a fast food place for a burger (the management bought all our dinners, very nice), then I went home and changed out of the stinky uniform I'd been wearing for 24+ hours. I couldn't imagine anyone else not wanting to peel off their military duds in similar circumstances.
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Old 04 January 2008, 06:54 PM
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Only the names have been changed to protect those already cleared by Snopes.
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Old 04 January 2008, 07:11 PM
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When I came home on leave my family took me to a fast food place for a burger (the management bought all our dinners, very nice)
Is that normal for service people? If I were in a service I'm pretty sure I'd hate to be treated to free anything from a store just because of being a service person.
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Old 04 January 2008, 07:39 PM
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I may add: it's a moot point obviously since there isn't a Target, Walmart or Kmart within a thousand kilometers of me as far as I know. But while I certainly support the people who are in the field doing their jobs, I certainly don't support the politics of the "war" that put them there.
The two aren't mutually inclusive. These idiots should learn to discriminate between supporting the "war" and supporting our soldiers.
They should also maybe stop and think that since the dollar is at an all time low, recession is on the horizon (hah) and all of your jobs are under attack from Mexican Dishwashers: a boycott of your major retailers may not be the best strategy in the world.

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Old 04 January 2008, 08:04 PM
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Is that normal for service people? If I were in a service I'm pretty sure I'd hate to be treated to free anything from a store just because of being a service person.
What if the manager was a veteran himself and just wanted to do something nice because he understood military life and the sacrifices? Would you resent him wanting to buy you dinner in that case?

But no - restaurants don't just fling free food at service people.

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Old 04 January 2008, 08:16 PM
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But no - restaurants don't just fling free food at service people.
So they actually fling free food at everyone then ?
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Old 04 January 2008, 08:26 PM
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Hmm...perhaps bad word choice on my part...

But you get the drift...

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Old 04 January 2008, 08:33 PM
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Ok, guys you who know me, know I do not send out junk mail....
Well, clearly you do.

And I totally and completely believe the OP because as we all know, major US retail corporations put political beliefs before profits!
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