Reading Comprehension Among Target Employees At All Time High

Sigh.

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  1. rushevents says:

    Classic.

  2. philmin says:

    What does it mean?

    • the-wanderer says:

      @philmin: That store doesn’t carry a certain bra that was in the ad last week, and they aren’t going to offer rainchecks on it.

    • MrBryan says:

      @philmin:

      come on, it’s clearly all there in random numbers and acronyms

    • RandaPanda says:

      @philmin: Well, some of the stuff is easy. Most of the random sign number stuff is because the signs and displays at Target are all numbered to go to specific departments or stores. That sort of thing.

      The acronym “GSTL” stands for Guest Service Team Lead.

      And why is this just now showing up? The pricing was for the end of December to the beginning of January.

  3. TheSpatulaOfLove says:

    *facepalm*

  4. Vanilla5 says:

    Especially since the prices expired almost 2 months ago. Reading is fundamental.

  5. aerick79 says:

    So, they are letting the Employees know about the no rainchecks for the bra, so what wrong with that?

    • philmin says:

      @aerick79:

      Agreed. I want to know how Meg Marco inteprets this.

    • harlock_JDS says:

      @aerick79: the fact the sign clearly says ‘Do Not Display’ but yet it’s being displayed?

      • philmin says:

        @harlock_JDS:

        It looks pretty clear this is just a slip of paper in the employee hallway/area. Not a “sign being displayed”, which is exactly what the sign team member would produce and display.

        • YardanCabaret says:

          @philmin: I don’t know, it’s a red wall and they usually leave employee areas barren and white so I would hazard a guess that this was not in the employee only area. Of course even if it is the employee area it is still being displayed when it clearly says not to.

        • Shaker Designs says:

          @philmin:

          It was displayed on the public ‘cork board’ upon entering the store. I’m sure it was just a common mistake, but I found it humorous.

    • wardawg says:

      They received two signs, the “informational” sign which is to be put up, and this “instructional” sign telling them what to do with the “informational” sign. It’s pretty standard practice for places where the employees have no idea what they’re doing. Unfortunately they still put up the wrong sign.

    • nakedscience says:

      @aerick79: The big “DO NOT DISPLAY THIS SIGN” didn’t give you a hint?

    • olaf91 says:

      @aerick79: Speaking as a former Target employee … This is an instructional sign which is in a packet that goes to Target Stores ETLs (the managers). These signs are to be read by them to ensure customer signage (which this is not) is placed correctly by employees. Signs like these are never meant to be posted for view by employees or customers — anywhere. If instructional signs like these were posted in employee only ares, it would take a wall area the size of the Vietnam Memorial to post each week. :) The employee apparently did not see the 100 +++ size font on the top and posted (or they didn’t bother to find the customer version of this sign to post in the front of the store). Target Corp. is like a “Xerox dictator” sending out so much information to stores. Don’t under-estimate that the customer facing sign was either missed in this store’s weekly packet or just lost in the mass of paperwork. Re-signing for each ad week is a massive undertaking. But, the employee should have realized this was not an appropriate sign to post in the store and located the correct one to post advising customers of the issue/policy here.

  6. Magspie says:

    I thought this was going to be about a study done that shows reading comprehension among Target employees to really be at an all time high because smart people that got laid off are starting to work there out of necessity. This is less sad.

  7. floraposte says:

    Why the hell do they make a sign to say people shouldn’t post this sign?

    • kiltman says:

      @floraposte: Because some idiot might actually post it. (full circle)

    • I_have_something_to_say says:

      @floraposte:

      This was probably printed in a batch along with other signs. This one informs whoever comes across it to use the other one instead.

      I believe there is one more sign that refers to this sign that refers to the correct sign. Good things come in three’s.

    • rafe1230 says:

      @floraposte: I think the sign says
      “Do not display”…. to the public.

    • Ann O'Dyne says:

      @floraposte:

      this is the grown-up version of the “do not push” button you remember from cartoons as a child…

    • Canino says:

      @floraposte: Is it really a sign if you’re not supposed to display it? I mean, doesn’t that just make it a piece of paper?

      • ScottRose says:

        @Canino:

        Hah! +1 for that observation.

        Just the very existence of this “sign” is sad enough without the reading comprehension problem.

    • olaf91 says:

      @floraposte: Speaking as a former Target employee … This is an instructional sign which is in a packet that goes to Target Stores ETLs (the managers). These signs are to be read by them to ensure customer signage (which this is not) is placed correctly by employees. Signs like these are never meant to be posted for view by employees or customers — anywhere. If instructional signs like these were posted in employee only ares, it would take a wall area the size of the Vietnam Memorial to post each week. :) The employee apparently did not see the 100 +++ size font on the top and posted (or they didn’t bother to find the customer version of this sign to post in the front of the store). Target Corp. is like a “Xerox dictator” sending out so much information to stores. Don’t under-estimate that the customer facing sign was either missed in this store’s weekly packet or just lost in the mass of paperwork. Re-signing for each ad week is a massive undertaking. But, the employee should have realized this was not an appropriate sign to post in the store and located the correct one to post advising customers of the issue/policy here.

  8. Phil Villarreal says:

    Target needs to place an “Easy” before its name.

  9. Ubik2501 says:

    I bet when this same employee filled in his job application, he wrote “OK” in the box marked “DO NOT WRITE IN THIS AREA.”

  10. bonzombiekitty says:

    “Display” may imply being displayed in an area where the customers can see it (i.e. the sales floor), but you should put it up in the office or something.

  11. Segador says:

    I like the “FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT DISPLAY THIS SIGN” right above the “DISPLAY THIS SIGN AND THE OTHER ONE!”

  12. chrisjames says:

    Could someone explain why it says in big letters “DO NOT DISPLAY THIS SIGN,” and then below that

    TO DO: Give this sign and [yada, yada sign] to the GSTL to display

    Conflicting instructions, poor interpretation, or are we just commenting on something even though we’re all out of the loop? Also, Breaking Story: Humans make mistakes!

    • chrisjames says:

      @chrisjames: yeah, way to highlight that by not closing the italics. *sigh*

    • shepd says:

      @chrisjames:

      This is why punctuation is important.

      Ambiguous:

      “Give this sign and the informational sign #1252499 to the GSTL to display on the entrance ad board.”

      vs. Non-ambiguous:

      “Give this sign, and the informational sign, #1252499, to the GSTL to display on the entrance ad board.”

      Of course, neither is what is really wanted. But it would have been clearer to the person writing the sentence that there was a problem with it when commas are inserted.

    • MauriceCallidice says:

      @chrisjames: I believe what the sign is intended to mean is “TO DO: Give this sign, together with informational #1252499 which is to be displayed on the entrance ad board, to the GSTL.

    • olaf91 says:

      @chrisjames: Speaking as a former Target employee … This is an instructional sign which is in a packet that goes to Target Stores ETLs (the managers). These signs are to be read by them to ensure customer signage (which this is not) is placed correctly by employees. Signs like these are never meant to be posted for view by employees or customers — anywhere. If instructional signs like these were posted in employee only ares, it would take a wall area the size of the Vietnam Memorial to post each week. :) The employee apparently did not see the 100 +++ size font on the top and posted (or they didn’t bother to find the customer version of this sign to post in the front of the store). Target Corp. is like a “Xerox dictator” sending out so much information to stores. Don’t under-estimate that the customer facing sign was either missed in this store’s weekly packet or just lost in the mass of paperwork. Re-signing for each ad week is a massive undertaking. But, the employee should have realized this was not an appropriate sign to post in the store and located the correct one to post advising customers of the issue/policy here.

  13. honestlytoomuch says:

    We’re all aware that retail isn’t the best display of human intelligence…

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  15. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    I blame the customer.

  16. savdavid says:

    How do we know this wasn’t displayed on the entrance ad board? Perhaps someone who works there took it and thought it would be real cute to send it in as a joke.

  17. RandomHookup says:

    “Self Expression” bra …ftw?

  18. Belabras ate my dingo! says:

    Reading comprehension fail.

  19. lowercase says:

    I’m calling it staged. Someone put it in a sign holder and snapped a pic for a laugh.

  20. rockasocky says:

    Is anyone else disappointed that “all time high” wasn’t a pun on being stoned?

    Just me?

  21. Anonymous says:

    To be fair…I worked at Target once upon a time and I’m pretty sure that is a sign holder in the backroom. The 7X11 red text at the bottom is a common paper size they use so I think it’s a holder.

  22. Johnny Cache says:

    Apparently, a good number of Target employee’s are posting here today.

  23. Japheaux says:

    Because stupidity has an ugly cousin: [ui15.gamespot.com]

    Just blame it on the Bush administration, right?

  24. Anonymous says:

    As a former target exec: #1 where is it posted (off stage is it what it looks like to me). This could be on the wall of an office or hanging in the stock room as a reminder. #2, the fact that it says do not display implies to the signing team not to post it IN GUEST AREAS. Maybe it is in a guest area, who knows. You can’t tell from this photo.

    But really, lets all get back to making fun of people making

  25. Johnny Cache says:

    Yes, yes it is in the store. The original poster who snapped the picture says so . Check ” Shaker Designs “.

  26. ceez says:

    lol

  27. Felix the Cat says:

    At least it dosen’t say “IGNORE THIS SIGN”, but seriously this is Target they don’t employee actual rocket scientists here so you would probably expect this to happen. Hey, Tarbutt ain’t Nordstroms!

    http://www.targetfiling.blogspot.com

  28. HurfDurf says:

    But the sign said “Wet Floor”, so I did!

  29. Johnny Cache says:

    Where’s the closest place to get some aspirin?

  30. Pedro Vera says:

    f y rd th sgn, wht thy dd ws prnt th nstrctns fr th ctl sgn.

    “dn’t pst ths sht f ppr, ths s nt th sgn. Th rl sgn s sgn #1252499. Gv sgn 1252499 nd ths ntc t yr GSTL, snc yr GSTL cn ctlly fllw nstrctns.”

    Sm jkstr tk th nstrctn sht nd cldn’t rsst tkng pctr f t.

  31. dktcluff says:

    TTNTN
    D NT DSPLY THS PST

    gr….t’s stgd. Cn smn tll f th prsn tkng th pctr s Trgt mply?

  32. PLATTWORX says:

    Whl knw nythng s pssbl, t pprs ths sgn s NT t n th str. t lks t b n dr r smthng prhps n n mply r t lrt thm f n tm nt vlbl.

    Nt brght, bt t’s nt wht t pprs t frst glnc.

    • The Porkchop Express says:

      @PLATTWORX: I know this post is about reading and all…so. please look a few comments up where the op explains that they are not employees and they saw this sign when they walked in to the store.

      Also, it is not a sign at all, see previous comments about this as well.

    • Zak Robinson says:

      @PLATTWORX: so are ‘y’s vowels, or not? I’m so confused?! :P

  33. Anonymous says:

    I worked at a supermarket when I was in high school and these kinds of signs are common. Basically everyone in an area gets sent the exact same set of signs and then if your store falls into an exception they include a separate sign and the OP’s instruction sheet for it.

    So ths means whoever the GSTL is can’t read. There is a possibility that they posted the proper sign in one location and then not having a second proper sign posted the “Do Not Display” sign on the board next to the customer service counter in some wild hope customers would actually read and understand that the item is not offered there.

  34. Brian Oblivion says:

    No offence, but don’t most of you think that this was done on purpose, to be funny? I worked in retail for 10 years, and we always did stupid stuff like that to pass the time.

  35. Zak Robinson says:

    Our local Subway did something like this, too: they had the ‘we serve soup’ sign (not the exact quote) up backwards on the counter, so that employees were getting the soup advertisement, and we were being told not to forget to suggest that customers want soup with their sandwich, and that they could make it a meal for just $X.XX more! (I don’t know the real price). The advertisement side was really slick (I walked around to the bathroom hallway, from which I could see it) and the side we saw was very bare-bones black and white simple font step-by-step directions for upselling to the soup.

  36. Bargaineering.com says:

    This must be a honeypot or something… or staged. WAY too obvious.

  37. olaf91 says:

    Speaking as a former Target employee … This is an instructional sign which is in a packet that goes to Target Stores ETLs (the managers). These signs are to be read by them to ensure customer signage (which this is not) is placed correctly by employees. Signs like these are never meant to be posted for view by employees or customers — anywhere. If instructional signs like these were posted in employee only ares, it would take a wall area the size of the Vietnam Memorial to post each week. :) The employee apparently did not see the 100 +++ size font on the top and posted (or they didn’t bother to find the customer version of this sign to post in the front of the store). Target Corp. is like a “Xerox dictator” sending out so much information to stores. Don’t under-estimate that the customer facing sign was either missed in this store’s weekly packet or just lost in the mass of paperwork. Re-signing for each ad week is a massive undertaking. But, the employee should have realized this was not an appropriate sign to post in the store and located the correct one to post advising customers of the issue/policy here.

  38. Winteridge2 says:

    Rumor is that Dilbert’s pointy-hair boss was down-sized or out-sized or right-sized and is now managing at Target. Ohhhh, that explains a lot!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Let’s not blame it all on the underpaid overworked Target employee. Top Management is where the blame lies. Employees are constantly threatened by upper management that if they can’t do more they can be “performanced out”. Payroll has been cut and there are usually only 5 count them 5 target employees on the sales floor. Besides stocking the shelves, pulling cafs (computer automated fills), answering phone calls from people too lazy to go out and shop, running up to the cash registers every 5 minutes so guests don’t have to wait in lines AND doing the team leads work, they are asked to step it up “SPEED IS LIFE”. Most Target team members are making minimum wage and most need the job or they certainly wouldn’t be working for Target. We know the problems, there is nothing we can do about it. We also have a quota on how many credit cards we solicite each day. This is a must. If we ignore the prompt on the cash registers, we can be written up for poor performance. Which by the way takes me to another matter. Excellent employees are given “Inconsistently Effective” scores on performace reviews so that Target does not have to give increases. I could go on and on and on. MOST OF THE PROBLEMS FOUND AT TARGET are not due to the employees of Target but rather TARGET itself. Please shop somewhere else. I’m sure Wal-mart would welcome you although I hear they don’t treat their employees any better.