Update by user Jan 05, 2017
am surprised by the tone of the commenters on here.Is it a full time job to make fun of those posting on this site and try to poke holes in their stories?
Or perhaps you work undercover for Target? I understand completely that Target is NOT to blame that I took my eyes off my purse while shopping in their store that night.
I learned a valuable lesson and my purse will never be stolen again because I wasn't paying attention. I am, however, deeply disappointed in how Target responded to the problem.
1) Although there is video surveillance, nobody but one person has access to it? And we had to wait 10 hours for that person to be available to help. 2) The only person who has access to the video surveillance waited for more than 20 hours after the incident to follow up in any way with me.
He hadn't even bothered to look at the video surveillance.
3) He called me back 30 minutes later to tell me the purse was found and had been at customer service THE WHOLE TIME beginning sometime on the night of the incident. Nobody knew what time it was turned in, where it was found, or how the customer service employee who accepted it was unaware of a reported theft that same night of a matching purse. The police officer had stood with me near the service desk for more than 2 hours. 4) When my husband called to complain to the store manager, he was insulted and hung up on.
I worked at the service desk of a competing department store 20 years ago.
Had we had a similar situation, it would have been handled differently. Targets response makes no sense.
There are so many things that are confusing.
And why isn't Target willing to view the video surveillance to check to see if a crime was indeed committed? I still say that my purse was stolen.And it almost seems like Target is covering for the perpetrator.
Original review posted by user Dec 29, 2016
I want to register a very big complaint against the American Fork, Utah Target store. I was doing some shopping on December 13 and my purse was stolen out of the front of the cart (a fairly deep space that wouldn't allow it to accidentally fall out of the cart) where it was sitting.
This was around 6:15 pm and I was over in the magazine section of the store (looking at word search books requested for a sub for Santa I was shopping for). I am absolutely certain that the purse was in my cart and I turned away for a few moments looking at the books and when I turned around it was gone. I immediately ran to the service desk and told them my purse had been stolen. They suggested I call the police and file a report.
After somebody let me use their phone to contact the police, I went out to my van to keep an eye out for somebody trying to steal it using my remote access keys in my purse. The policeman arrived shortly after that, and officer Hagar took down all the details and did a quick look around the store in men's bathrooms and garbages to see if it had been abandoned somewhere. We were near the service desk till after 7:30 and were both incredibly dismayed to learn that although Target has security cameras, the ONLY person with access to them was unavailable till the next day. The police officer promised to come in the next morning to review the tapes.
My husband came to pick me up and we left around 8 to go home. I was incredibly upset and worried that somebody had my drivers license with my address along with my house and car keys. I was understandably concerned that they might try to break into our home. My husband immediately went to Home Depot and spent $400 on new keys (the keypad kind).
Unfortunately the installation was not too simple and he had to return to Home Depot the next morning (taking several hours off work to do it) since there was a defect in one of the locks. He barred the doors with furniture as an extra precaution. And I cancelled all of my credit cards (and had my husband cancel my debit card immediately). The next day I had high hopes that the officer would be able to review the video footage and at least get a facial for the culprit.
But I got a call around noon to tell me that Target has a policy that the security manager needs to first review the footage and write a report before forwarding the footage over to the police. More than 3 hours later I got a call from the security manager asking me what time it happened and where in the store I was and what I was wearing (questions he should have already had the answer to upon arriving at work that morning -- it was after 3 pm and it was obvious he was just finally getting around to it, more than 13 hours after the incident. VERY INEFFICIENT, TARGET! He called me about 30 minutes later and what he told me sounded extremely suspicious.
He said he had good news. My purse was found at the customer desk and had been turned in LAST NIGHT. He actually was very careful to tell me that he was talking to someone at the service desk on a completely unrelated topic when they mentioned a purse had been turned in the night before. (I wish I could have heard the unrelated topic that brought that up).
When was my purse turned in????? Was it while I was standing there with the police officer by the service desk for several hours? He wasn't sure what time it was but thought that the employee who received it had not been there while the fiasco was going on. Which doesn't make sense to me -- I worked at the Shopko service desk years ago and there isn't generally a shift beginning after 8 pm for a store that closes a few hours later.
And if there had been a theft at my high school job, ALL employees would have been alerted, especially at the service desk. On the night of the theft, I asked if they could alert employees and ask them to check bathrooms and such and was informed that they already had and dressing rooms and bathrooms had been checked immediately. But a customer service employee heard nothing about such a huge event??? So in the end the security manager indicated that there was no reason to look at security footage.
My purse was returned and nothing was missing that I could see. But I asked them to review it anyways since I know it was stolen and I wanted confirmation of that. But Target refuses. My husband spoke with the police officer and was told that there was nothing they could do and Target never provided them with the footage.
And my husband just got off the phone with the store manager who called me a liar and told my husband he was a sad and pathetic person and hung up on him. I probably should have been the one talking to the store manager since I have held positions in customer service management and I do better with working with people who lack customer service skills as this manager obviously does. My husband doesn't have nearly the patience I do in dealing with incompetence. At this point, we are looking at taking legal action in this incident.
My husband feels very strongly that Target is covering for an employee or friend who stole the purse. When the police showed up quickly, the employee turned the purse in. The security manager couldn't tell me who turned the purse in, what time they turned it in, where the purse was found or anything. The store manager insists that I lost my purse and it wasn't stolen.
But I know it was stolen. Somebody took it out of my cart. And the video footage will prove it. And my guess is the security manager will recognize the perpetrator of the crime if he watches the footage.
I think he already knows who it is. I am asking that the footage be watched by both the security manager and by the police. If both of them confirm it wasn't stolen after watching it, only then will I believe them. I am also asking for $500 to reimburse for the locks we purchased and for the hassle of canceling all my credit cards.
It caused a lot of stress and inconvenience during the holidays. ********* Notes from my husband: Tuesday 27, Dec 2016 – Talked to Officer Hager of the AFPD about the case and was told that Target told them that the purse was returned the next day after it was missing and that there was no case to pursue for them. Thurday 29, Dec 2016 1:40 pm– Called and talked to Jared Maynes (Store Manager of Target) about the stolen purse. I asked why the AFPD did not yet receive a copy of the video to look at and why Target had informed AFPD that there was no case to be investigated.
Jared informed me that there was no case and that the purse was found and returned the next day – no case to investigate. I asked him if he reviewed the tape and confirmed the facts presented to him that the purse was misplaced by Beth in the store and not stolen. He told me that Target does not allow regular citizens into the security booth to look at video. I told him that I was not asking to look at the video, but for the AFPD to review the video.
Jared then told me that he did not know what story I was being told by my wife, but that there was no case to investigate and Beth was lying about the whole incident. He then told me that I was sad and was trying to make something out of nothing.
I remarked that Target was being sad by not looking at the facts in the case. Jared cut me off and told me that I was pathetic and hung up the phone on me.
Product or Service Mentioned: Target Customer Care.
Reason of review: Poor customer service.