Although 'old' news in blogosphere terms the Tucson Weekly article about long term employees being fired on bogus disciplinary claims is still getting comments, it is now up to 100 with the latest put up 4/4/14 and it looks like the article hits home with a lot of Targets employees.  

Read it yourself at the link below and see my own comments on the matter over the years as I will repost them below FYI -

Getting the Ax
Longtime Tucson Target employees say they were forced out because of their higher salaries

article found at:  http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/getting-the-ax/Content?oid=1830574


Getting the Ax at Tarbutt

If you want to look at the 7 page Lavonne C. Beckford v. Target Corporation case, filed initally in Pima County Superior Court and quickly removed to U.S. District Court on 6/16/08 you can read it at:http://targetfiling.blogspot.com/2010/02/lavonne-beckford-v-target-corp_27.html
It complains of 'Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Discharge and Violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The 3 page Civil Docket for the case is also provided along with the 4 page Target 'Answer to Complaint', the case is in the deposition phase at present.
I am providing some extracts here of an article that came to my attention. It was extensive, at 3,300 words, with loads of details and a nice selection of ‘comments’. So here is a teaser of the Tucson Weekly article. As you will read most of the people let go have been Black and Hispanic, replaced by 'college graduates' read 'white' here, and the article also put me onto the pending civil suit for discrimination mentioned above with link.

Getting the Ax - February 25, 2010
Longtime Tucson Target employees say they were forced out because of their higher salaries
by Mari Herreras at: mherreras@tucsonweekly.com
See the full article at:http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/getting-the-ax/Content?oid=1830574

“According to Manny Lovio, after 26 years with Target he was asked to quit. When he refused, he was fired. He was escorted to his desk to clean out his belongings and then guided out of the store in front of co-workers and customers.
. . . shortly after his dismissal, his best friend at the company, Lavonne Beckford, was also fired. And over the last five years, other longtime employees he knew from his early days at Target were also forced to quit or were fired. The former co-workers started meeting with each other and sharing their stories.

They say they began to notice a pattern. Their group, mostly hired in the '80s, had each been with the retail company for 20 years or more. Most of them were salaried executives, making more than $50,000 a year, sometimes even more. Besides the wages, the employees had full benefits, and most were eligible for up to five weeks of vacation. "They could hire two or three people at the price they were paying us," Lovio says.

According to a former Target manager . . . Lovio and his former co-workers are right. Target is all about image, so getting rid of older employees is a good way to make room for younger executives.

They look better, and the moves save money, he says. The manager worked for the company for 21 years with Beckford and Lovio. "Mostly, I saw that. . . as you got older and your pay increased, the feeling was that you were a problem," he says.

During management meetings, the long-time employees identified as problems were called "blockers," he says.

"It was understood that I could hire someone 10 years younger than these people, at half the pay, and they had college degrees. I'd sit during the management meetings, and we'd identify who is a 'blocker'—which meant they needed to leave the company," he says.

The former manager says layoffs or buyouts of long-time employees would have cost the company money, so instead, the corporation put pressure on the store managers.

"We were told to figure out how to get rid of these blockers that cost too much money," he said. José Garcia figures he was probably considered a blocker when he was fired from Target on Dec. 14, 2008, after working for the company for 21 years.

Lavonne Beckford, a former Target employee filed a discrimination lawsuit against the retail company in 2008.

When Target spokesperson Sarah Soriano was first contacted, she denied that Target was being sued for discrimination in Tucson, and said the company hadn't been served. However, Soriano called back later and said she misspoke, confirming Target is in the midst of a lawsuit filed by Beckford. "Unfortunately, I can't comment on any litigation or any of these specific allegations," Soriano says.

When asked if "blocker" is a word used by Target management to describe executive team leaders who've been identified as being with the company for too long, Soriano says it isn't a term used in Target corporate culture.” 

The above is a small part of the long article, you should take a look at the entire post, it ran 6 pages when I printed it out. It is worth a read.


Long term employees at Tarbutt are called 'blockers'

Got 20 years in at Tarbutt?  You won't be around much longer as a group of former longtime Target employees found when they were shown the door because they were costing the company too much money.  You don't retire at Target - you get fired!

How did this work out for them?  Take a look further down this blog at the Oct 1, 2012 post or for more details see the seperate blog site of Lavonne C. Beckford v. Target Corporation at:http://beckfordvtarget.blogspot.com 

An Arizona case that started out in a local court and was transferred to Federal Court. 

A former manager said: "It was understood that I could hire someone 10 years younger than these people, at half the pay, and they had college degrees. I'd sit during the management meetings, and we'd identify who is a 'blocker'—which meant they needed to leave the company . . . "We were told to figure out how to get rid of these blockers that cost too much money,"

see this Tucson Weekly article in full at:  http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/getting-the-ax/Content?oid=1830574


Target Ignored Malware Warnings, Could Have Prevented Data Breach

The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn’t particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success. In the days prior to Thanksgiving 2013, someone installed malware in Target’s (TGT) security and payments system designed to steal every credit card used at the company’s 1,797 U.S. stores. At the critical moment—when the Christmas gifts had been scanned and bagged and the cashier asked for a swipe—the malware would step in, capture the shopper’s credit card number, and store it on a Target server commandeered by the hackers.

It’s a measure of how common these crimes have become, and how conventional the hackers’ approach in this case, that Target was prepared for such an attack. Six months earlier the company began installing a $1.6 million malware detection tool made by the computer security firm FireEye (FEYE), whose customers also include the CIA and the Pentagon. Target had a team of security specialists in Bangalore to monitor its computers around the clock.

If Bangalore noticed anything suspicious, Target’s security operations center in Minneapolis would be notified.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, the hackers had set their traps and had just one thing to do before starting the attack: plan the data’s escape route. As they uploaded exfiltration malware to move stolen credit card numbers—first to staging points spread around the U.S. to cover their tracks, then into their computers in Russia—FireEye spotted them. Bangalore got an alert and flagged the security team in Minneapolis. And then …

Nothing happened.

For some reason, Minneapolis didn’t react to the sirens. Bloomberg Businessweek spoke to more than 10 former Target employees familiar with the company’s data security operation, as well as eight people with specific knowledge of the hack and its aftermath, including former employees, security researchers, and law enforcement officials. The story they tell is of an alert system, installed to protect the bond between retailer and customer, that worked beautifully. But then, Target stood by as 40 million credit card numbers—and 70 million addresses, phone numbers, and other pieces of personal information—gushed out of its mainframes.

See the entire article at:

and also see:  http://www.aol.com/article/2014/03/14/businessweek-target-didnt-act-on-data-breach-alerts/20849980/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl24%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D453846


Target's Chief Info Security Officer 'Quits'

In a 3/5/14 AP article by AP's Anne D'Innocenzio titled:  'Target Tech Chief Resigns as It Overhauls Security' Tarbutt's Chief Information Officer Ms. Beth Jacobs quit having held the position since 2008 with teams in the US and India.  

Of course it was most likely a firing but it sounds better if it is
announced as a resignation.  CEO Steinhafel's PR attempt to put lipstick on a pig said that Tarbutt will look for a interim CIO for the transformation and then hire outside personnel for the posts of chief information security officer and a chief compliance officer.

Currently Target is using  Promontory Financial Group in an attempt to find out what happened in the Mid-December data theft and improve its flawed technology.  Work continues on its $100 million plan to move from the magnetic stripe cards to the more secure chip type card.  

The full AP article is available at:  


Target's Canadian stores lose nearly $1 billion US in under one year

 Full story at:  http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Target+Canadian+stores+lose+nearly+billion+since+opening+last/9553242/story.html

Target Corp.'s Canadian stores lost nearly US $1 billion in less than a year of operations as the Minneapolis-based discount retailer began its first expansion outside the United States.  For the full year, the Canadian segment lost US $941 billion before excluded items on US $1.3 billion of sales. Target said its annual gross margin rate was 14.9 per cent.

Hopes had been high last year when the chic discount retailer announced it was opening its first stores in Canada after buying some of the properties from the now-defunct Zellers chain.

Since its arrival in March, the retailer has faced high expansion costs and disappointing sales as shoppers complained about near-empty shelves and notably higher prices than at U.S. Target stores.

Despite the rocky start, Target announced last month that it will be continuing with its Canadian expansion with the opening of nine more stores this year.  It plans on opening two locations in Mississauga, Ont., and one store each in Toronto, Ottawa and Barrie, Ont. Stores will also be added in Edmonton, Victoria, Winnipeg and Candiac, Que.

Five of the locations will be in former Zellers locations, while the others will be newly constructed stores.  By the end of 2014,, Target said it will have a total of 133 locations in Canada.


Prices are dropping on those stolen cards -

If you have been waiting for the price drop to buy some of those cards stolen last December from Tarbutt then this is the time to buy.  

The old prices of between $27 and $45 are now replaced by bargain basement prices of $8 to $28 per card and on Feb 19th, 3,000,000 were sold.

The older the info gets the more chance that the card has been cancelled the rate for getting a dud number is about 40% so hurry and get your orders in so you can get a lot of free stuff courtesy of Tarbutt.

Full article at:  http://consumerist.com/2014/02/20/millions-of-credit-cards-stolen-from-target-being-sold-at-closeout-prices/


Massive Target Hack Traced Back To Phishing Email
Posted: 02/12/2014 3:56 pm EST

Full story at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/12/target-hack_n_4775640.html

Hackers gained access to Target's computer system and stole financial and personal data of 110 million shoppers by tricking an employee at an outside vendor into clicking on a malicious email, according to a report Wednesday by security blogger Brian Krebs.

An employee at Fazio Mechanical, a Sharpsburg, Pa.-based heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company with access to Target's network, fell for a "spear phishing” attack, in which hackers send malware-laced emails that appear to come from trusted sources to take over victims' computers, according to Krebs, who cited sources close to the investigation.

The company said it had remote access to Target’s computer network “for electronic billing, contract submission and project management.”

Krebs reported that Fazio Mechanical may not have realized the phishing attack at first because the company was using a free anti-malware program that “does not offer real-time protection against threats.”


Credit Union Sues Target Over Credit Card Hack
By Chris Morran February 3, 2014

(me and the sysop)A credit union in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit, one that could potentially include 100 other credit unions as plaintiffs, against Target in an attempt to recoup is losses in the wake of the retailer’s recent massive data breach.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that First Choice Federal Credit Union in New Castle, PA, filed the suit in a federal court in Pittsburgh on Friday.

Details at:  http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014/02/03/New-Castle-credit-union-sues-Target-for-costs-associated-with-data-loss/stories/201402030116


Hackers Used Stolen Vendor Credentials for their Data Theft

The first details on how the breach may have been made possible  show that “forensic investigation has indicated that the intruder stole a vendor’s credentials, which were used to access our system,” a Target spokeswoman told Reuters in a statement.

The malware used in the breach shows that the user account “Best1_user” and password “BackupU$r” were used to log in to a shared drive that had been set up by the hackers on Target’s internal network to collect all the stolen card information.

“That username is the same one that gets installed with an IT management software suite called Performance Assurance for Microsoft Servers. This product, according to its maker — Houston, Texas base BMC Software — includes administrator-level user account called ‘Best1_user.’”

The Secret Service has taken the lead investigating the breaches at Target and other retailers, including Neiman Marcus and Michaels Companies Inc, the largest U.S. arts and crafts retailer.

For additional info see:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/30/us-usa-justice-target-idUSBREA0S1AE20140130


Banks Say Target Hack Has Cost Them $153 Million In Replacement Cards

U.S. banks have spent more than $153 million so far replacing 15.3 million debit and credit cards after the huge data heist from Target Corp., and the numbers are only growing.

The Consumer Bankers Association announced the numbers Tuesday, saying that as more retailers announce breaches, the price tag for banks could grow to “hundreds of millions of dollars, and possibly billions.”

It’s time for Target to step up to the plate and pay some of the costs for one of the largest data thefts recorded in the United States, the industry group said.

The theft affected as many as many as 110 million people and remains under investigation, as lawsuits accusing Target of failing to adequately protect sensitive customer information pile up in courts across the country.

The Minneapolis-based retailer has at least $100 million of cyber insurance and $65 million of directors and officers liability coverage, according to Business Insurance magazine, citing unnamed industry sources.

Banks have been scrambling to address the fallout from the Target breach with their customers. Some are replacing cards only when customers make the request or there is evidence of fraudulent charges.

Others, including Wayzata-based TCF Financial Corp. and U.S. Bancorp in Minneapolis, have taken the “replace them all” approach to cards that shoppers used in Target stores during the 19-day breach from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15.

The Consumer Bankers Association estimates that it costs an average of $10 for banks to replace a card, which is higher than the $4 to $5 figure often cited.  The 15.3 million cards replaced to date is a relatively small number given that U.S. shoppers carry 1.5 billion credit and debit cards, noted David Robertson, publisher of the Nilson Report.

The unanticipated spike in orders for new cards has sent card manufacturers into overtime. Giesecke & Devrient, one of the world’s largest card manufacturers, said it’s been adding shifts and hours to get the orders processed, as well as shifting jobs to facilities around the globe to balance the load.

Full article at:  http://www.startribune.com/business/242505661.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue


Scammers charging $9.84 to stolen credit card numbers
Jan 29th 2014 11:52AM

A new credit card scam has surfaced. The Better Business Bureau says credit card users should be looking for a small and specific amount of money that might have been stolen.

HLN explains that 'if you see a charge for $9.84 on your credit card statement, you may have been scammed. And for some reason, the sum of $9.84 keeps cropping up.'

But, why would thieves go after such a small amount of money? 'Good Morning America' says it's, well, hard to notice.

'Scammers are now testing stolen credit card numbers by charging small amounts on them at first. ... Scammers apparently believing most will overlook such a small amount on an itemized bill.'

An anchor at KHOU called the small charge $9.84 a quote 'sneaky' way to steal money.

The BBB put out a national alert on the matter Monday - and instructed people to call their banks if they see the charges.

Full article at:  


Is Target Shaving Workers’ Hours So It Doesn’t Have To Insure Them?

see the full article at:  

In this Consumerist article it mentions that "Target announced that it would no longer offer health insurance to part-time employees (those who work fewer than 32 hours per week), while at the same time claiming that it would not be trimming employees’ schedules so that they no longer qualify as full-time workers. However, some Target employees tell Consumerist that company execs aren’t telling the truth.

“Recently these teams have been having their hours cut below 30 and they have been supplementing them by having sales floor people help with their workloads during their normal shifts,” writes the Target vet.

The employee says this is not just affecting sales floor staff but specialty teams — the price change team, planogram team, in-stock team — that had traditionally been full-time jobs.

He estimates that the recent changes have cut the number of insurance-eligible employees at his store by 80%. Additionally, he says that his store is now hiring primarily part-time workers, something it had never done after the holiday season.

Consumerist asks for employees to provide additional details to them via tips@consumerist.com


Target eliminates 475 jobs at Minneapolis headquarters

Target Corp. is laying off 475 employees at its corporate headquarters in downtown Minneapolis and not filling 700 open positions, sources told the Star Tribune.

Target employs about 11,000 people at its downtown headquarters on Nicollet Mall, and a total of 14,000 corporate employees in Minnesota. The company has approximately 360,000 employees in all, mostly spread around its 1,900 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

A woman who was laid off from Target’s finance department said half of her 12-person department was let go in a meeting Wednesday morning, and the other half will be laid off in the next month.

She said laid-off workers in finance will be replaced by workers in India and contractors. The layoffs, she said, have been in the works for more than six months.  

(This blog reported extensively on Tarbutt in India at:  http://targetfiling.blogspot.com/2009/12/see-all-happy-indians-they-are-happy.html also:  http://www.naymz.com/britanee_pelikan_1706080 and 

“They just sent out a memo saying we had a mandatory meeting at such-and-such time saying that you guys are being let go as of today,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified for fear that her severance could be affected.

A Target spokesman said it’s not clear if more layoffs are coming, but he wouldn’t be surprised.

Any jobs cut on Wednesday would have to either be at corporate headquarters or at distribution centers, Yarbrough said.  The new job-cutting action follows a decision in October to eliminate about 150 jobs in the Twin Cities in what was then described as a reorganization.

See  more at: www.startribune.com/business/241503611.html

 Experts: Target Hackers Will Be Tough to Find
by The Associated Press Jan 22nd 2014

"After thieves purchase the numbers, they can encode the data onto new, blank cards with an inexpensive, easy-to-use gadget. Or they can skip the card-writing process and simply use the card numbers online.

Crooks often have the option to buy cards last used in their area. That way, Wisniewski says, the cards attract less attention from the banks that issued them.

According to police, the pair arrested at the U.S.-Mexican border used cards containing the account information of Target shoppers from South Texas. Police say the two used fraudulent cards to purchase numerous items at national retailers in the area.

The underground markets always have a steady supply of card numbers on sale and their locations are always moving as they try to elude law enforcement, says Daniel Ingevaldson, chief technology officer at Easy Solutions Inc., a firm that sells anti-fraud products and tracks the activity of the online black markets. A big jump in inventory usually indicates there's been a breach of a major retailer. That's what Ingevaldson's firm saw in the cases of both Target and Neiman Marcus, which also recently reported a breach.

While many of these online bazaars and forums are based in Russia and Eastern Europe, much of the chatter is in English and appears to have been written by Americans, Ingevaldson says.

The types of criminals who buy the card numbers run the gamut, ranging from purely online white-collar crooks to street gangs.

"In reality, card numbers can be bought by anybody with access to the forums and a few Bitcoins in their pocket," Ingevaldson says.

Wisniewski says the people who buy card numbers online and produce the fake cards aren't the ones who try to use them. Using the cards is the riskiest part of the fraud scheme, so the task is usually farmed out to others who are often recruited through spam emails. The recruiters then send them fraudulent debit and credit cards and instruct them to buy large quantities of expensive merchandise or gift cards in exchange for a small percentage of their value.

Card users, once caught, often only have a handler's email address to share with police, making it nearly impossible to find the recruiters, Wisniewski says.

Both analysts say Russia and former Soviet countries are a hotbed for hackers behind these kinds of schemes. The region has a large population of highly educated computer science professionals and law enforcement is extremely lax when it comes to fraud that occurs overseas and not in the hackers' home country.

Wisniewski and Ingevaldson also believe the original authors of the malicious software used in the Target breach are likely based in Russia or Eastern Europe, as some reports on the breach have suggested. But it's unlikely the original programmers do any hacking themselves. They can make a nice living simply selling the code to those who do."

Read the entire article at: 


Tarbutt throws PT Employees under the bus!

Target will drop health insurance for its part-time employees

Target Corp. said Tuesday that it will stop offering health insurance to its part-time employees because new online health exchanges offer workers an opportunity to buy coverage.  Instead they  will give each worker $500 to help buy health insurance
Less than 10 percent of its workforce of about 361,000 participates in the health plan for part-time workers.  A number of companies, including Walgreens, Sears Holdings, Petco and Darden Restaurants, this year moved their entire workforce to private exchanges.
The change goes into effect April 1, the company’s normal open-enrollment period. It will affect those who average 20 to 31 hours a week.
Part-time workers are still eligible for other benefits, including wellness plans, a matching 401(k) retirement plan, vacation, dental, disability and life insurance.  


Feds, police differ over whether Texas border arrests linked to Target breach

Published January 21, 2014  Associated Press

MCALLEN, TEXAS –  A South Texas police chief said Monday that two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. But a federal official said later there currently was no connection between the arrests and the retailer's credit card data theft.

Arrested were Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, and Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, both of Monterrey, Mexico.

full story at:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/21/2-nabbed-at-texas-border-in-credit-card-fraud-case/


FREE CREDIT MONITORING SITE (If they can get the damn thing to work)

MISC:  If you are interested in the Wal Mart 9 page 'Investigation and Detention of Shoplifters Policy (AP-09)' it can be found at:   http://walmartap.blogspot.com/ and of course the Target policy is at:  http://targetapdirectives2006.blogspot.com/


1/18/14 UPDATE:  

In addition to my own inability to get onto this site, complaints are appearing on various consumer sites with the same complaint. 

If you can't get on the damn thing then it is totally worthless, which considering that since 2006 I have been saying that "TARGET SUCKS" should probably not be a great surprise to me.

Tarbutt says that it has set up a free credit monitoring program with Experian for one year of monitoring.  

You can sign up at:  https://creditmonitoring.target.com/.

You need to enter your full name and email address to have a 'code' sent to you in 1 to 5 days.    

You can sign up to get your activation code until April 23, 2014 and must use it to sign up by April 30, 2014.

You must then follow the instructions which will require you to enter various items of personal information like Name, SSN, DOB, home address, email etc.  (see below for Target Reply)

Hopefully there will be some decent security on this.  I can only assume that there will be a lot of bogus sites set up trying to get you to use them to join the program and of course if you fall for the 'wrong' site then you will be giving away to scammers all your own personal info.

So good luck and happy shopping, at some other chain than Tarbutt.


Dear Guest,

Below is the activation code that you requested from Target.

We are partnering with Experian®, a leading global information services company, to provide you with one year of free credit monitoring. Below you will find your unique activation code, along with instructions on how to redeem your one year of free credit monitoring.

Your unique activation code: ABCDEFGHI

Please note: This code will expire on April 30, 2014. You must activate your Experian® account by that date using the instructions below.

Instructions for activating your Experian® ProtectMyID® account:
  1. Go to .protectmyid.com/target.
  2. Enter your activation code
  3. Submit name, address, email
  4. Create log-in, submit Social Security Number
  5. Verify identity
We apologize for the inconvenience the breach may have caused and hope that this credit monitoring service provides you with some peace of mind. Thank you for your patience, understanding and loyalty to Target.


No need to rush, I suspect that most users will have some problems with this site.  I have entered my own Activation Code 20+ times over 5 days and it does nothing.  The screen won't change.  

Hope you have better results but given that Tarbutt seems to have problems doing even simple things you might find you also have a dud site here.  Did they use the ObamaCare web designers on this?

Here is their contact email address, tell them their site SUCKS!

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40 Million, 70 Million, 110 Million, what will it be next week?

Target is so far behind that they might as well just close down and go home.  They already have several dozen Class Action suits pending and this latest information will generate more suits and not just from Target customers.  

Details at:  http://targetstoressucks.blogspot.com/ and at the NY Times site:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/11/business/target-breach-affected-70-million-customers.html?hpw&rref=business&_r=2

Shortly you will see suits filed by banks and credit card firms to recover costs and damages for the efforts they have had to, and will continue to have, for canceling and reissuing new cards for customers and also for losses they will have in crediting back customers for those bogus charges made by scammers.

As you can see from a post lower down on the site I immediately (on 12/30/13) filed a BBB complaint saying that Tarbutt had a responsibility to provide ALL who shopped at their stores during the affected period with FREE credit monitoring services.

All I got back from the Better Cover Up Bureau was a form letter saying that Targets reply, directing me to their generic statement, was the reply and closing the complaint.

Tarbutt is a dues paying member of the Better Cover Up Bureau so you can't expect much from that bunch of chuckleheads.  I guess that enough consumers were pissed off enough to insist that they get FREE credit monitoring services.

Of course experience shows that any contact site for them will involve hours of attempts to reach it and it will be about as easy to sign up for as 'Obama Care'.  Unlike a N.J. Governor, Target was not forthcoming initially and when exposed by a blogger they minimized the loss.  This gives Target a further black eye and shows that they can not be trusted to tell the truth.

NBC and CBS quote Target that 110,000,000 people are at risk and you did not even have to shop at Target!  Card information stolen may be from their data base and go back several years from in store and internet transactions.

You can expect that scammers will soon be using the information they have now to contact consumers by phone and email in attempts to obtain additional information so as to obtain government issued ID such as driver licenses and passports for identity theft.

Misc www.thebreakroom.org Info.  I get a decent amount of traffic coming from this site to mine, however, I have been banned for about the 21st time by one of their reactionary morons who don't want their readers coming to my Target Sucks site.  It is unfortunate that site has this idiot in a position as Administrator.  Here is the latest from them:
The Break Room Message
You have been banned for the following reason:
Ignored Previous Ban. -HardlinesFour  Date the ban will be lifted: Never


Here is an extract of what Tarbutt HQ had to say in their press release:

Target Provides Update on Data Breach

"Company extends credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all guests.  

the investigation has determined that the stolen information includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million individuals. . . Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all guests who shopped our U.S. stores. Guests will have three months to enroll in the program. Additional details will be shared next week. To learn more, please go to target.com/databreach."

Take a look at the Consumerist report with links at:  http://consumerist.com/2014/01/10/target-data-breach-manages-to-keep-getting-worse-now-its-70-million-customers-data-stolen/


Target Store Closings 

After careful consideration of each location’s financial performance, Target also announced today that it plans to close eight U.S. stores on May 3, 2014. 

 The stores affected by this announcement are located in: 

  • West Dundee, Ill.; 
  •  Las Vegas, Nev.; 
  •  North Las Vegas, Nev.; 
  •  Duluth, GA; Memphis, Tenn.;
  •  Orange Park, Fla.; 
  •  Middletown, Ohio; 
  •  Trotwood, Ohio. 

 Eligible team members at these stores will be offered an opportunity to transfer to a similar position at a nearby Target location.


The consumer site:  http://consumerist.com/ has frequent posts about the stupidity found at Tarbutt.  The most recent from Jan 9th titled:  "Target’s Stupid Shipping Gang Subjects Tweezers To Extreme Solitude In Mostly Empty Box"  

You can go take a look but I think the headline and photo pretty much give away the story.

See:  http://consumerist.com/2014/01/09/targets-stupid-shipping-gang-subjects-tweezers-to-extreme-solitude-in-mostly-empty-box/


Target Discrimination Case in California

In just another example of how Tarbutt continues to put its corporate foot in its mouth.

The below article is representative of press reports on this discrimination issue. The article refers to the 'unbelievably ridiculous memo' and of course this California suit will be in the media for many months and probably for years. 

The 3 Plaintiff's allege 5 causes of action:

1) Harassment based on race in violation of FEHA,

2) Discrimination based on race in violation of FEHA,

3) Retaliation in violation of FEHA,

4) Failure to prevent in violation of FEHA,

5) Discrimination based on age in violation of FEHA

Note:  This was originally filed in Yolo County Superior Court but was moved to US Dist Court for Eastern California 8/5/13, Case #2:13-ev-01615-KJM-AC (Gonzales et al v. Target Corporating)

Direct link to 27 page complaint is:  

Workers Outraged at Target's 'Cultural Tips'

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM   http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/07/08/59141.htm  
WOODLAND, Calif. (CN) - Target's offensive "multi-cultural tips" for managers inform bosses that not all Hispanic employees eat tacos, dance to salsa or wear sombreros, former employees say in Superior Court.

     Robert Gonzalez, Bulmaro Fabian and Pedro Garcia-Ayala sued Target Corp. in Yolo County Court.

     They claim they suffered crude harassment, discrimination and retaliation at work, and that Target's tips for managers are offensive in themselves.

     "Target provided its distribution warehouse managers a document titled, 'Organization Effectiveness, Employee and Labor Relations Multi-Cultural Tips,'" the complaint states. "This document instructs managers to note differences among Hispanic employees, and states the following:
     "a. Food: not everyone eats tacos and burritos;
     "b. Music: not everyone dances to salsa;
     "c. Dress: not everyone wears a sombrero;
     "d. Mexicans (lower education level, some may be undocumented);
     "e. Cubans (Political refugees, legal status, higher education level); and
     "f. They may say 'OK, OK' and pretend to understand, when they do not, just to save face."

     The plaintiffs claim that nearly all the management positions were held by Caucasians, who regularly used racial slurs while addressing Hispanic employees, such as "Only a 'wetback' can work this hard," "You got to be Mexican to work like this," and "What the hell, I'm already sweating like a Mexican," the employees say in the complaint.

     Gonzalez claims that he complained to human resources, and his supervisors retaliated for it.

     He claims his manager, Terry McCafee, "began using more racial epithets when instructing Gonzalez on his work and would purposefully throw boxes on the ground and then order Gonzalez to pick them up in an attempt to humiliate Gonzalez amongst his colleagues."

     McCafee is not a defendant. The only defendant is the corporation and Does 1-100.

     All three employees say they were fired with racial animus; Gonzalez and Faiban, both 58, state that their age was also a factor.

     They seek punitive damages for harassment, failure to prevent harassment, age and race discrimination and retaliation.

     They are represented by Simerdip Khangura with the Law Offices of Ilija Cvetich in Sacramento


See, I keep telling you that Target Sucks!

Target Gift Card Screw Up -

The after Xmas rush to use up gift cards has over 40,000 card holders finding out that they have totally dud cards. 

Cashiers rung up the cards incorrectly by scanning the wrong code and those cards are now being rejected all across the country. 

Usually when a firm announced a number of impacted people they minimize the screw up, so the number 40,000 is quite likely to go much higher but of course only Target will know the exact number. 

Can you say: "Class Action suit?!"  

Details at:  http://blog.annmichaelsltd.com/tag/target-gift-cards


Other Civil Suits Coming?

We know that there has been a flood of Class Action suits across the country due to the data breach of 40,000,000 cards.  

Below is an interesting quote from the end of a long article discussing the possible liability Target has.  The law professor author seems to think that the real Target problem is not the class action suits but the fallout from banks and credit card firms who are harmed by the loss of the target data:

"Even if consumer lawsuits against Target fail, banks like Chase and Citibank could sue Target to help pay for the cost of cleaning up the mess of the retailer’s recent loss of card information to hackers. 

Banks have to spend lots of money investigating possibly fraudulent transactions; some banks will lose money on fraudulent charges; and the cost of issuing new replacement cards is also pricey." 

 See more at:



Target Confirms PIN Data Also Stolen In Credit/Debit Card Hack

 By Chris Morran December 27, 2013 
See full article at: http://consumerist.com/2013/12/27/target-confirms-pin-data-also-stolen-in-creditdebit-card-hack/ 

After days of denying a report that hackers had stolen encrypted PIN data from some 40 million Target shoppers, the retailer has finally admitted that yes, this information was indeed collected during the 3-week-long data breach.

Because the PIN info is encrypted, Target tells USA Today, “We remain confident that PIN numbers are safe and secure.” Without the encryption key used by Target’s external payment processor, that PIN info can not be accessed. Target says this key was never stored on the retailers’ payment systems so it could not have been stolen during the breach. 

Reuters was the first to report that PIN data had been stolen, but Target denied the story saying at the time that it had “no reason to believe that PIN data, whether encrypted or unencrypted, was compromised.” 


Always nice to see that Tarbutt HQ is keeping up with my little blog site and know what a screwed up and consumer unfriendly company they work for!

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Target Class Action Suits

click on link to view the actual court filings:  http://targetstoressucks.blogspot.com

Update:  The total has risen to a dozen with more to come.  They all read about the same as the facts are not in dispute, so when you read one you have really read them all.

Samantha Wredberg vs Target Corp, Case No. 13-cv-05901, (San Francisco, Ca) U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

Lisa Purcell vs Target Corp, 3:13-cv-02274-JE, (Portland, Or.) U.S. District of Oregon

Jennifer Kirk vs Target Corporation, CV-13-5885, (San Francisco) U.S. District Court Northern District.

Kathryn V. Dickson vs Target Corp. (Montgomery, AL) United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division


Target May Be Liable For Up To $3.6 Billion From Credit Card Data Breach
Tech Crunch:
(Target could face a $90 fine for each cardholder’s data compromised, which translates to a $3.6 billion liability) 

Non-US Cards Used At Target Fetch Premium
Krebs on Security:

Cards Stolen in Target Breach Flood Underground Markets
click on link:

The “Target Breach Flood” Is Already Appearing On The Carder Black Market; Target Reacts
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Target Sued After Putting More Than 40 Million Customers At Risk

Reuters  |  By Jim Finkle and Dhanya Skariachan
     Posted: 12/20/2013   
Full story at:  

A customer in California filed a class-action lawsuit*against the company late on Thursday, the first of what lawyers said could be many such suits.

Samantha Wredbergsaid in a court filing that she was a regular shopper at Target and had used her credit card at a company store on December 8. Besides seeking damages, Wredberg asked the court to certify the lawsuit as class action.

She also asked the court to explore whether "Target unreasonably delayed in notifying affected customers of the data breach".

The theft of credit and debit card data from Target customers could end up costing hundreds of millions of dollars, but it is unclear who will bear the expense, lawyers and industry sources said.

* Wredberg v. Target Corporation, Case Number: 3:2013cv05901, Filed:  December 19, 2013, Court: California Northern District Court - Direct link:    http://targetstoressucks.blogspot.com/

Article:  'The Incredibly Clever Way Thieves Stole 40 Million Credit Cards From 2,000 Target Stores In A 'Black Friday' Sting'

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/target-credit-card-hackers-2013-12#ixzz2o4aifZwB

* Who Looks At This Blog?