Target's "guests"

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Sat Jan 11 03:37:10 UTC 2014

I remember my dad having a problem with this sense of "guest" since at
least as far back as our family trip to Disney World (1989). He didn't
like being called a guest when he was having to pay a lot of money for
us to get in there. Guests should get in free.


On 1/10/2014 10:24 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
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> Target's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Gregg W.
> Steinhafel continues to refer to those at risk due to its failure to
> keep their personal information secure as "guests".*  But I wonder --
> does that let Target claim it does not have a contractual
> responsibility to its (house-?) guests that a less with-it company
> might have to its customers?
> * This apparently is their standard nomenclature.  I never
> knew.  Because I've never shopped at Target.  And I don't listen to
> their commercials.  I guess I'm not at risk.
> Joel
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