Target is trying to get the monkey off it’s Politically Correct back. Let’s see if appeasing it will help.
Big-box retailer Target will add single-stall bathrooms at all of its stores where that option is not currently offered, reflecting a direct response to the debate that erupted earlier this year over its new transgender-bathroom policy.
Target Chief Financial Officer Cathy Smith told reporters Wednesday that the company would invest $20 million to add single-stall bathrooms.
The bathroom expansion is a relatively minor adjustment. According to Target spokeswoman Katie Boylan, 1,400 of the company’s 1,800 stores already have single-occupancy bathrooms. The remaining stores will be outfitted by early 2017. (so it’s a minimalist effort)
That would be the unisex “family” bathrooms in most Targets. They are located in the back of the bus…:)
The company already had single-stall bathrooms that anyone can use at about 1,400 of its 1,800 stores, Target spokesperson Katie Boylan said.
Target is not altering its transgender bathroom policy, which allows people to “use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.” That policy, announced this spring, drew opposition from some conservative activists who vowed to boycott the chain.
Boylan acknowledged that Target has received feedback from customers who are “very, very supportive” and “some who are not.”
Mine was “not”. 🙂
Cathy Smith, the chief financial officer of Target, acknowledged in a conference call with reporters, that public reaction has been mixed. “Some of our guests clearly are uncomfortable with our policy, and some are supportive,” she said.
So like a politician, we’ll hedge our bets and try to satisfy (or is that mollify) everyone.
That would be the 1.4 million on the Boycott list. Not to mention me. 🙂 who just bought a less desirable computer monitor at WALMART because that way I didn’t have to go to Target. 🙂 I had already been to Best Buy, so my choices in my area were limited.
I’ve been doing that a lot lately. 🙂
“The impact to the business is not material at this time,” she said.
That’s why they reported lower earnings and their stock price was down. The 7% drop in sales compared to a year ago (CNN) and an 18 percent drop in the company’s stock since they announced the policy.
“That’s a whopper!” Danhof wrote on the National Center website. “For Target to deny any correlation between its announcement and its tanking stock is ignorance of the highest form. Offending millions of investors and consumers, then denying the financial implications, borders on fiduciary negligence.”
Further, Breitbart reported that data tracking firm RS Metrics has been following Target since the boycott began.
“We observed a noticeable fall off in traffic at Target during the last week in April and a meaningful pickup at Walmart during that same time,” Richard Chmiel, chief executive of RS Metrics, told Breitbart. “We suspect the bathroom boycott which was gaining momentum at that time contributed to the shift.”
So we have put a minimalist effort out there to say “we care” and lets kiss and make-up, right?
But Boylan said Target decided to add single-stall, lockable bathrooms in all of its stores “because we’re listening.”
Yeah, will the bigots please shut up and use the bathroom in the back of the stores. 🙂
“We get it. Some like it, some don’t. We’re committed” to offering a welcoming environment for everyone, she said.
You’re committed alright. To your Political Correctness.
Personally, if your that committed to Political Correctness why not just have a Unisex bathroom and NOTHING else?
Isn’t have a “Men’s room” and a “Women’s Room” discriminatory on its face? If you believe that anyone should be able to use whatever bathroom they “identify” with?
Oh, right, you still do, but you want to try and appease the Politically Correct Master and the Politically Correct Capitalist Monkey on your back by hedging your bets and saying that Men who “self identify” can use the Women’s bathroom anytime they want but there is the option in the back of the bus also.
The White Bathroom.
The Black Bathroom.
The Gray Bathroom at the back of the bus….
Hmm. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
And Obama was too busy golfing to care and the Media was too lazy to ask why?