Vebbie, a.k.a. Nicki Elson, I apologize to you for publishing another post so quickly after presenting your BULLY FOR YOU post HERE. After I publish a BULLY FOR YOU post on Monday, then I don't write another post until Thursday. I want the guest posts to receive as much attention as possible, so please don't stop reading Nicki's post. However, Vebbie, I think you'll understand why I feel I must write a post today.
Willy Dunne Wooters told me about recent news stories concerning gun owners who go to stores and restaurants that have a policy against the open carrying of guns. They stand outside to display their weapons. I've also been receiving emails about Target's refusal to have a policy against open carry. Why do Target shoppers need to display their guns?
Displaying guns, for absolutely no reason other than to say "Look at me; I can have a gun anywhere I want" is an extreme form of bullying. Many people, including me, are frightened by guns.
This morning I received an email asking me to call Target headquarters and do the following:
Call Target and Ask for Gun Sense Policies
I used the following link to place a call to Target headquarters:
Entering my name and phone number and using this link caused my phone to ring, and I was connected with Target's headquarters. I waited about two minutes before I was connected to a "customer service" representative. I told him my name and where I live. I said that I'm opposed to people openly carrying guns in Target and that if the corporation doesn't develop a policy against open carry, then I will stop shopping at Target (one of my favorite places to shop in spite of their problems with allowing credit card information to be stolen). Then I said that I would tell all my followers on my blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter that I am unhappy with Target's lack of a policy against open carry.
The representative laughed at me.
Yes. He laughed at me.
I am accustomed to people laughing when I make a joke. I am not accustomed to people laughing at me when I am serious––laughing at me in derision.
After laughing, he said he would pass on my opinion to the corporate policy makers.
I told him that I would also inform all my friends that he had laughed at me. Then I hung up.
I am the most upset that I have been in a long, long time. People do not laugh at a serious Jane Goltz. Even if I had accidentally said something amusing, it would have been inappropriate to laugh at me.
I'm not asking anyone else to call Target or stop shopping at Target. I'm merely making the information available.
The next time I need to shop for groceries, I shall go to Publix. But when I go in the store, my first visit will be to the customer service desk to ask if they have a policy on open carry. If they allow open carry, then I'll keep looking for another grocery store until I find one that has a policy against open carry.
In happier news, the BULLY FOR YOU guest post by Tom Anderson (a.k.a. Shady Del Knight of Shady Dell Music & Memories) has moved into the #10 spot on my all-time list of Top Ten posts. I'm grateful to all of you who are joining in this discourse about bullies and how to handle them. You can read Tom's post HERE.
I feel bullied by Target's representative, so I'm handling it by biting back (telling him what I thought and that I won't shop at Target anymore) and by telling someone (all of you). Unfortunately, this is a situation that I cannot ignore, hoping it will go away.
Infinities of love,