Why I’m Not Boycotting Target

There’s a lot of talk about people boycotting Target because of the new bathroom policy.

I get it. It’s a HUGE change. I personally do not at all like the idea of a man using the stall next to me or my daughter. As a single mom, I still take my 10 year old son into the ladies restroom with me quite often. Simply because I don’t know who’s in the men’s room and I’m really not supposed to go in there if he’s taking too long. When this news came out and people were ranting about boycotting Target, I even considered it for a bit.

But then I started thinking… if I’m going to boycott Target over their bathroom policy, then as a Christian I need have integrity and also look at every policy of every other store, restaurant or other establishment I may visit. I’m sure that once I did that, I would have NOWHERE left to shop or go out to eat. I may as well start a farm of some sorts and grow all my own food, grow cotton so I can make cloth to make clothes… you get it… it would be nuts.

This caused me to evaluate a few things.

I quit WalMart about 14 months ago simply because they annoy and frustrate me to no end. It seemed that no matter what time I went, the lines were out of control and purchasing even a few items sucked up WAY too much time for just a few pennies worth of savings. I already had (still have) the Red Debit Card for Target, which saves me 5%, so why not just shop Target and and a couple other stores save the frustration?! I save HOURS of my life not to mention dozens of grey hairs. (As it is, with having Celiac Disease I do have to shop multiple stores to get the foods that meet my needs.) Going back to WalMart is NOT an option. Ever.

We don’t have to use the restrooms at Target. I live halfway between two Target stores. One is a Super Target which is the one I tend to visit more often. My kids’ prescriptions are filled there. Our eye doctor is there. They carry a lot of the foods I like (for 20-50% less than the grocery store). And no matter which one I choose… it’s under 10 minutes away. We can use the restroom at home before we go. However, if for some reason somebody has to go – the Super Target location has 2 family type restrooms. Which have been there since the store opened. No problem.

So I’m not quitting Target. I went today, in fact. And it was fine. There was no more strange people there than usual. Nobody creeping around outside the restroom waiting for me to send my kids in alone. From all outside appearances, nothing had changed. Am I happy about this change in their policy? Heck no. But as a very busy single mom, sometimes I have to do what works with my schedule and not my conscience. Doesn’t mean I have to participate in what I feel is wrong.

About Alicia

Alicia is a Jesus loving, homeschooling, mini-van driving, food loving, gluten-free-cuz-I-have-to-be, fun loving, choir mamaing, bike riding, So Cal born and raised solo mama to 2 amazing kiddos with 3 cats, a ginormous dog and the 2 cutest nieces ever! She had a deep passion for cooking and baking that left with her Celiac disease diagnosis in 2013, but has now returned as she experiments with and tests recipes to make them delicious and enjoyable even without the gluten! You can find all sorts of random thoughts, ideas and whatever else pops into her completely random mind right here at Big Black Trash Bag!
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