MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Does anyone really enjoy being a customer service rep? Having to listen to and deal with cranky customers all day doesn't sound like much fun at all. But a guy named Mike Melgaard definitely had some fun with it, when he pretended to be a rep for Target on Facebook.
The retailer faced an onslaught of 'Negative Nancies' when it announced its move toward gender-neutral labeling of kids toys in its stores. So, Melgaard created a fake Facebook account called 'Ask for Help,' complete with the bull's-eye profile pic, and took the haters to task for 16 hours!
Here's some of his greatest hits:
Gary Plunk: "I know this means little to Target, but I am tired of all this political correctness..but after this latest move with signage I am going to do my best to not shop at your stores.
Ask for Help: "Actually Gary, you're wrong. It means NOTHING to us that you feel this way. Have a great day!
Deanna Unruh: "We will be purchasing our bike equipment from Walmart because we think removing boys/girls distinctions is unnecessary.
Ask for Help: "Well, Deanna. We're sorry to hear that. Good luck with your new relationship with Walmart. Be careful, we hear they sell bikes without the seats on them."
Lisa Marie: "I am extremely outraged at your stupidity for doing away with gender separation at your stores... I wish I had known this before I went shopping this weekend. THANK GOD I haven't bought school clothes yet for my kids."
Ask for Help: "Lisa, you sound like you need a Snickers. We sell them by the packs here at Target. Stop on down and buy some!"
Kevin Johnson: "My family will no longer be shopping in your politically correct store any longer...I'll even make sure we even no longer drive thru your parking lot to get to a store next door."
Ask for Help: "Kevin, there's no real nice way to put this, so we at Target will just say it: you're a real d--k.
The retailer put out a statement saying, 'Clearly this individual was not speaking on [our] behalf,' but we'll just say his hilarious responses were right on target.