It has been discovered recently that Target now has something more dangerous to children than their bathrooms, the ‘Fidget Spinners’ they’ve been selling!
They contain high levels of lead, and Target has been getting away with it on a technicality! They are not classified as ‘toys’! What?!
Coming from a place that doesn’t classify ‘women’s restrooms’ as ‘women’s restrooms’ anymore, I guess it makes sense doesn’t it?!
Target responded to the lead-content concerns in a statement that asserted the company is “committed to providing high quality and safe products” and “closely [reviews]all product safety claims that are brought to our attention.”
A consumer group is warning that two models of fidget spinners being sold at Target contain high levels of lead that may be harmful to children.
According to ABC News, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that two models of fidget spinners being sold nationwide at Target contained “extremely high” levels of lead in the metal and coating.
One of the two models was found to have 330 times the amount of lead legally allowed in children’s products.
Fidget spinners are categorized as general use products rather than children’s toys, so they are not subject to the lead limits normally applied to children’s toys and overseen by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group said that the distinction is illogical.
“Saying fidget spinners aren’t toys defies common sense, as millions of parents whose kids play with spinners can tell you,” said Kara Cook-Schulz, toxics director of the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.
According to CBS News, Target has stopped selling the models of fidget spinners in question on its website and will be removing the products from their store shelves.
“While these two products comply with all CPSC guidelines for fidget spinners, based on the concerns raised, we’re removing them from our assortment,” said Jenna Reck, senior communications manager at Target. “Additionally, we’re working closely with our vendors to ensure all of the fidget spinners carried at Target meet the CPSC’s guidelines for children’s products.”
Cook-Schulz said that the consumer group was pleased to learn that the fidget spinners will no longer be sold by Target.
“This is a big win for consumers,” she said. “Hopefully this will mean that Target will only sell safe products this holiday season.”
Last year, Target decided to throw it’s mostly female customer base under the bus by allowing men to use the women’s restrooms in their stores.
Obviously it didn’t work out well. It has taken a whole year for them to figure that out.
A giant boycott ensued, the stock dropped by over a third, and Target CEO Brian Cornell ended up looking like a fool.
For many months Cornell tried to deny, even in the face of clear evidence that women quit going to Target because they did not feel safe using the restroom!
Finally, Brian Cornell admitted the policy was the reason for the company’s current woes… well, almost.
“Target didn’t adequately assess the risk, and the ensuing backlash was self-inflicted.” – Target CEO Brian Cornell
The admission comes in an article just out from the Wall Street Journal. It clearly shows that Target CEO Brian Cornell regrets his company’s policy ANNOUNCEMENT welcoming men to use women’s restrooms and dressing rooms.
According to the article, Mr. Cornell expressed frustration about how the bathroom policy was publicized without his permission or knowledge, and told colleagues he wouldn’t have approved the decision to flaunt it with a public statement that is still on Target’s website today.
How dumb is that? If you are going to have a public policy such as allowing men to use women’s restrooms, of course it has to be public! How did this dude ever end up as a CEO of a major corporation?
You can read the entire WSJ article here, but be aware that it requires a subscription. Copyright laws prohibit IHTT from providing the entire article to you.
The WSJ article explains that the Target headquarters sent an internal memo to store managers. It reiterated its official stance on allowing men to use women’s bathrooms. On April 15, 2016, a group Target calls its “risk committee” emailed executives informing them of a plan to post that message publicly. Mr. Cornell wasn’t among the recipients of that email.
Executives predicted the backlash would die down. Guess what?
Foot traffic inside stores declined significantly in the months following and Target’s stock lost 35% of its value.
Target has cancelled plans for any major expansion projects.
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