While Target touts its progressive views, as seen in the company’s decision to allow men who identify as a female to use women’s restrooms and changing rooms, its the store’s customers who continue to bear the burden of this stance.
Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a child last Sunday at a Chicago Target, NBC Chicago reported.
According to authorities, the man entered the women’s restroom and pushed into a stall where a young girl was, exposing his genitals before leaving the bathroom.
“It’s very sad. Children are innocent,” Stanley Hughley, a shopper at the Target store, told the NBC affiliate.
“However old the pedophile was, it’s wrong,” he added. “It’s pure evil no matter how you look at it.”
Yet, Target remains firm in its policies, despite the cost customers risk paying, not to mention the financial cost to the company — after the decision, Target suffered a $10 billion loss in value, a 20 percent drop, according to The Daily Wire — some state this loss was due to other factors.
Target CEO Brian Cornell has been adamant that the retail company will “continue to embrace our belief in diversity and inclusion.”
Target spokesperson Danielle Schumann said of last week’s incident that the man was drunk when he exposed himself to the girl.
“At Target, the safety and security of our guests is critically important to us,” Schumann said. “Immediately after a guest notified us of this incident, we called law enforcement and provided them with video footage from our store entrance to help with their investigation.”
Of course, this does nothing to restore the lost innocence of a young child.