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OneNewsNow.com April 4, 2017 at 11:55 am 36 Fresh Ink
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A situation at a Target store in Tennessee is precisely what a pro-family group has been warning about when it comes to the retailer’s policy for bathrooms and changing rooms.

According to NBC affiliate WBIR, a peeping Tom was caught March 29 kneeling on the floor of a dressing room area and taking pictures with his cell phone at a Knoxville Target. Victim Leigh Hamby told WBIR she wasn’t in the dressing room for long before she saw a reflection in the mirror.

“Your stomach kind of drops a little bit. It wasn’t just passing. It was a little bit under the door,” Hamby said.

The situation comes as groups, including the American Family Association, are boycotting Target. The retailer is allowing transgender people to use the bathroom and changing room for the gender in which they say they identify. While Target says its policy is about inclusivity, AFA thinks it puts women and children at risk of sexual predators who take advantage of the policy.

Since the boycott was announced in April 2016, AFA has issued Action Alerts and other communications with news and police reports of cases similar to what happened at the Knoxville Target.

“This is exactly like the examples we’ve been citing for almost a year now of men gaining access to their victims, preying on women and little girls in the bathrooms and changing areas at Target,” says AFA’s Walker Wildmon. “This is exactly why Target should reverse its horrible policy which allows men access to women’s facilities.”

Leigh Hamby’s father was also interviewed by WBIR. He encouraged her to share her story to protect other women. Speaking of other women, police in Knoxville say surveillance video shows the suspect – who fled the store after being caught in the act – was in and out of the dressing room area for more than one hour. According to WBIR, no attendant was present.

“Even if there was an attendant there, at the entrance of the changing area, there’s nothing the attendant could do about it,” Wildmon points out. “According to Target’s policy, this man has access to women’s changing rooms and facilities, period.”

Videoing and voyeurism in the areas is illegal.

“As we’ve stated many times, transgender individuals are not our main concern,” Wildmon adds, “but rather voyeurs and sexual predators who will gain access to their victims by using Target’s policy to do so.”

Target has never responded to OneNewsNow’s requests for comment on AFA’s boycott. However, the retailer did issue the following statement to WBIR following last week’s incident:

“At Target, our guests are at the center of everything we do and our commitment to creating a safe and secure shopping environment in our stores is unwavering. As a part this commitment to safety, we have robust procedures, policies and trainings in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work. As soon as this incident was brought to our attention, we immediately partnered with local law enforcement.”

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  1. player88 April 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    “At Target, our guests are at the center of everything we do and our commitment to creating a safe and secure shopping environment in our stores is unwavering. As a part this commitment to safety, we have robust procedures, policies and trainings in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work. As soon as this incident was brought to our attention, we immediately partnered with local law enforcement.”

    Ever heard of closing the barn door after the horse got out? This incident and many more could have been prevented if Target had used common sense instead of trying to be politically correct. Catering to perverts is not common sense. Their partnering with law enforcement is a little late for this victim. What of her rights to privacy and safety?

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    • dealerdeb1 April 4, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      HOW ridiculous! Pass off to the cops which shouldn’t be allowed to happen in the first place. Sorry Target RENEWED Boycott !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This LBGTQ thing has gone WAY too far. They do NOT care about NORMAL people only Freakenzoids.ANY store that has this policy is endangering YOUR wife, child . BOYCOTT

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    • dealerdeb1 April 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      At the Target near me women were demanding to be allowed to pee in the aisle they felt safer there

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    • ltuser
      ltuser April 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      I always have to laugh when i hear one of these firms saying “We are fully cooperating with law enforcement”. DUH are you not already REQUIRED TO DO SO BY LAW??

      And gee wizz. WE ALL said that target doing this would lead to the perverts crawling out of the wood work.. GUESS WE WERE once again proven right!

      Oh and dealer deb. I for one wouldn’t like seeing people peein the damn isles. IMO that is a health hazard..

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    • Doug V April 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

      A classic instance of actions (or lack of) speaking louder than words. “…As a part this commitment to safety, we have robust procedures, policies and trainings in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work….”

      If the procedures, policies and trainings are so “robust,” then how did this easily foreseeable situation occur? Obviously, the procedures, policies and trainings are NOT robust, or they would have precluded the incident in the first place.

      I feel bad for the Target employees. A naïve management policy is directly harming their continued employment.

      I think that the solution isn’t a boycott, it would be purchase of Target stock…and then voicing objections during the next stock-holder meeting. If the company’s Board members understands that THEY might be thrown out on their ear–they may rethink their CEO selection and these kinds of short-sighted policies.

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    • Dragon60 April 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      I think they should go back to being boycotted again, along with any other store that allow such unsafe practices against children, and against women.

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  2. wisbob
    wisbob April 4, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Sorry Target. Partnering with law enforcement is required by law, and not a choice you make because you “care” about the safety of your customers.

    Stop protecting the o.1% and start thinking about the 99.9%.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser April 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      [Stop protecting the o.1% and start thinking about the 99.9%.]

      Unfortunately wiz. I don’t see target ever giving up their pro LGBTQ agenda. Like good libtards they are, they will put the rights of the one percent (and under) ahead of the rights of the majority of us..

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    • dealerdeb1 April 4, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      The lispy men would pee their pants if they actually had to chase a perp

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  3. NVRick1 April 4, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Was Target’s “response” intended to be sarcastic or an attempt at some kind of humor?
    I know I got a big laugh out of it.

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  4. rdbaird April 4, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I can only say that if my wife, daughter or granddaughter ever comes out of a restroom or dressing room and tells me something like this, I will help him become a her. I have a license to carry and I do… If you are a scumbag reading this, take warning NOW and change your ways or they may get changed for you….

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    • dealerdeb1 April 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      I;d chase that creep and make sure everyone KNEW right there at the store. I’d create such a big stink they’d never forget! BOYCOTT!

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  5. dealerdeb1 April 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    ALl I hear from Target is Blah Blah Blah Gay rights. Let the LBGTQ freaks support their store. Normal people will avoid

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  6. southernpatriot April 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    It seems that some female customers of Target have not received the truth yet: You do not have any assured privacy any longer in changing rooms or restrooms at Target. In fact, ladies, you and your children are at risk in Target changing rooms and restrooms.

    Many ladies already have that information and have made the quality decision not to shop at Target any longer. Hopefully, as other ladies realize the truth, they will as well.

    Target has lost billions on stock value and millions in revenue in sales in stores. Target needs a new CEO who is not a pervert. Maybe the stock will slip so low that it will be bought up by a sound-minded conservative investor.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser April 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      [Target has lost billions on stock value and millions in revenue in sales in stores. Target needs a new CEO who is not a pervert. Maybe the stock will slip so low that it will be bought up by a sound-minded conservative investor.]

      While i would rather it that NO one bails them out by buying the company up once they go under.. LET them fail and let everyone see the consequences for their actions!

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  7. RonBeau Capell April 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I was irate at Target’s attitude and stance. They have not received one dime of our family’s funds since. They lost probably $500. I do the same to others who have a policy contrary to my core values. All of these actions are of result of their posture. If more people would do the same, their decisions might not be so misguided.

    Target’s stock value has plummeted since they made that ill conceived notion.

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    • dealerdeb1 April 5, 2017 at 12:02 am

      It isn’t JUST the bathroom policy they have a mind control stance in Children’t clothing and toys for Gender Neutral. THAT is screwing with my kids and I refuse to let them indoctrinate them any more than I allow the school district to try and teach my kids perversion is acceptable because it is inclusive. What is so confusing to kids is how you tell them about sexual predators then their teachers teach them the perverts need to be accepted?

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    • drillbeast April 5, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Sadly there are millions who have no core values.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser April 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Yea and most live in Michistan, Illinosnore, Commiefornia, Washington and DC!

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  8. FrankC April 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    If you are going to have insane policies like this, then expend a few dollars. Totally enclose the dressing rooms, floor to ceiling walls and solid doors with no openings. Look at each room from the outside and do not leave a single gap for anyone to look through. You will still be mindless idiots, but your customers will not have to pay a price for your insanity.

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  9. MichaelJ April 4, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    So Target’s policy has been to make their stores are a safe place for snooping? I’m sure they will say “No, no, no. You’ve got that all wrong.” Then I’ll say, “What was the policy for then?”

    I’m not sure what they will say next but I am looking forward to it.

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    • drillbeast April 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Ask them why they have these policies. Insists on a rational explanation. Ask the same questions of their supervisors, then the managers. Take up their time, their money and make them repeat what they truly don’t know.
      Like good little nazi’s they are just following orders.
      In the end they will answer for their moral bankruptcy.
      Make them answer for it today also.

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  10. geoinsd April 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I was never concerned about women using the men’s room or the truly gender confused using the women’s room. From the beginning my concern was male perverts in the women’s rooms. There are safety issues as well as issues of privacy.

    As long as Target insists on preaching to me, I will take my business elsewhere. If I want to torture myself with Leftist preaching, I can watch Obama videos or Chuck Schumer vidoes on YouTube.

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    • dealerdeb1 April 5, 2017 at 12:03 am

      I’d puke rather than watch either one of them

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  11. ordman April 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    If you shop at Target be prepared to have a target on your back. Or where ever the perverts point there phones.

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  12. memaw April 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I must confess. I vowed to boycott them months ago and even refused to look at their ads. This week, after giving up on crafts etc getting anymore baskets, I did go to Target.

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    • dealerdeb1 April 5, 2017 at 12:04 am

      Skip Them and go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby for crafts or just use EBAY or AMAZON

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  13. SunshineKid0 April 4, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    People still shop at Target? How strange that people seem to be gluttons for punishment by liberal policies.

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    • Rboow April 5, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      I don’t! I signed the petition to Boycott it with the AFA and I’ve stuck with it them and the millions that signed it. Even if they ever did do the right thing, I don’t know after all these incidents they’ve allowed to happen, I could ever go back.

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  14. FiWN7oGvbv April 5, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Two words: Concealed carry.
    I see a camera pointed at me, they see a 9mm pointed at them!

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  15. disqus_G2eu81q51s April 5, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Quit shopping at Target ever since their nonsense anti-Christmas attitude began. Only more reasons not to go back.

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  16. dealerdeb1 April 5, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    First they threw out the Salvation Army and the Toys for Tots.next it was Gender Neutral clothing & toys for kids,last this. I think NOT

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  17. Doug V April 5, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I noticed that last time I was at a Target, the store is attempting to find a niche-market for upper-middle class soccer-moms. Their prices on just about everything are higher than Wal-Mart, Shop-Co, T-J Max, Kohl’s, and other “discount” store. Likewise, their prices are lower than Macy’s, Penny’s, Neiman-Marcus, and other more “exclusive” stores.

    I’m guessing the management have adopted a political position to reflect the politics they think will reflect and agree with their “target” shopper.

    Frankly, I don’t agree with the politics of Amazon…but they don’t go out of their way to alienate their customers–they’ll sell to anyone. I don’t agree with the Target marketing strategy; in your face politically correct.

    Even if they reversed their politics tomorrow…the number of times per year I’d shop at Target wouldn’t change too much–I like their prices even less than their politics.

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  18. ltuser
    ltuser April 5, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Doug. They could become the cheapest store on the block and i still wouldn’t shop there.

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  19. Steph April 5, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I just do NOT understand why less than .5% of our population get to use any bathroom, locker, changing room etc. just because they “feel” like a member of the opposite sex! What happened to catering to the “majority” of the population? Does everything have to be a “social experiment” now? Gender-neutral clothing for kids? That is so ridiculous that I can’t even find words for it. Fortunately, I don’t have kids to buy for any more but I still won’t shop there due to their “in-your-face” pandering to a very small percentage of us all. Dumb!

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  20. ltuser
    ltuser April 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Yea, it seems we have gone from the mentality of the ‘needs and rights of the many outweigh the needs and rights of the few, or the one”, to where its the exact opposite.. Where the needs and rights of the few, completely override the concerns and rights of the many…

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