Unfounded Paranoia Makes Shoppers a Faux Target at Targét

Anita Staver

Anita Staver

(Orlando, FL — February 27, 2017) – Skittish Targét shoppers continue to take solace in the few and the proud who are protecting them whenever nature calls.

More than 11 months ago, on March 23, 2016, North Carolina enacted the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act – commonly known as the Bathroom Bill, or HB2 – which states that individuals may only use restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, singling out the transgender population who would prefer to use the restroom associated with their gender identity.

By former Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) legislating intolerance, North Carolina has paid a hefty financial price.

Pat McCrory (R-NC)

Pat McCrory

“HB2 is one of the most anti-LGBT pieces of legislation ever passed in the United States,” said a spokesman for the ACLU, speaking on condition of anonymity. “You’ve got seven states banning government travel. Sporting events have been cancelled. Musical events have been cancelled. Businesses have pulled out of North Carolina or cancelled plans to expand.

“In short, North Carolina’s legislature is filled with a bunch of intolerant, redneck idiots.”

One store chain has taken a different approach: Resisting an insane piece of legislation.

On April 19, 2016, Targét announced that their customers and employees may use the bathroom or fitting room associated with their gender identity.

Predictably, there has been pushback against the pushback. And thanks to an Orlando woman, shoppers at Targét can breathe a sigh of relief as they relieve themselves worry-free at their local store.

Liberty Counsel president Anita Staver is the gun-totin’ individual who, beginning last April, started taking matters into her own hands, bringing her Glock .45 – which serves as her “bodyguard” – on her excursions to her local Targét, ostensibly to protect herself from violent toilets, assaulting hand-dryers, and potty perverts:

Anita Staver: "I'm taking a Glock .45 to the ladies room. It identifies as my bodyguard. #BoycottTarget @Target"

Anita Staver: "@bettawerq90 not afraid of them. I want protection from the perverts who will use the law to gain access to women."

The problem? No such attacks have ever happened – or are likely to happen.

“This is yet another example of a paranoid person trying to protect themselves against a non-existent threat by exercising their right to bigotry, racism, homophobia, and any other type of discrimination you can mention,” said a political strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “These examples of acting out will become more and more common as America is dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Mariam Folashade Abebayo

Mariam Folashade Abebayo

“Now, if she were going to protect customers from stalking psychopaths who might shoot you in a Targét parking lot, she might garner more sympathy and support. But since that tends to happen to minorities, I wouldn’t hold my breath.”

That reference is likely pointing to the June 1, 2015, incident involving 24-year-old Mariam Folashade Abebayo, who was shot dead by her former boyfriend and stalker, Wayne Bricker Jr., at the Targét located at the Milestone Center in Germantown (MD). Bricker was apprehended about 10 miles away when he crashed his white Ford Ranger, filled with his handgun and over 300 rolls of toilet paper crammed into the vehicle’s cab.

In today’s climate of fear and loathing, one can’t be too careful. After all, another incident such as the Bowling Green Massacre, the Atlanta Massacre, the Slaughter at Fraggle Rock, or the Swedish Massaker could be just around the corner.