Target employee defends breastfeeding woman after she is verbally assaulted

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Target Staff Defends Breastfeeding Woman After She's Verbally Assaulted

Warning: some of the language and visuals in this post and the video below may be inappropriate for some viewers.

TORRINGTON (WTIC) — A video of a woman who was verbally assaulted while breastfeeding her baby in a Target store in Torrington is going viral. In just eight hours it's been viewed more than 1 million times and shared more than 20,000 times.

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Jessie Maher, who lives in Canton, posted the video Monday morning after she says she was "verbally assaulted by an old man in Target for breastfeeding my baby." Maher filmed the entire incident.

It all began around 11:30 a.m. Monday morning at the Torrington Target store. Jessie wrote that before she started filming, the man looked at her and angrily asked, "Can't you do that somewhere else? That's f****** disgusting." He also called her a "whore."

Jessie wrote on her Facebook page that after she responded that she had the right to breastfeed and that he should "walk the f*** away," he complained to the store's staff and asked for a refund. It turns out, the staff didn't feel too sorry for the man.

About halfway through the video another patron comes over to Jessie and offers her support, saying she wasn't doing anything wrong. "You shouldn't be ashamed of feeding your baby, okay? He can go the other way. This is a beautiful moment right now, if he doesn't like it he can go," the woman can be heard saying.

The man says that Jessie was being disrespectful to him, to which the defender replied, "Then don't look."

Then, something truly amazing happens: a group of Target staff members comes and stands between the man and Jessie, defending her actions. You can see one of the employees gesturing for the man to walk away and leave.

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Target employee defends breastfeeding woman after she is verbally assaulted

Look at what number price of an item ends in
It may seem overly attentive, but it's worth it. If the price of an item ends in $0.06 or $0.08, the item will be marked down again at some point in the future. If the price ends in $0.04, the item is marked for final clearance and the price will not change again.

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Trade in electronics for gift cards
If you bring your old electronics to the electronics department, they'll quote you on how much your stuff is worth and compensate you in Target gift cards to spend around the store.

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Be aware of the weekly markdown schedule
Different departments in Target mark down items depending on the day of the week:
Monday: Electronics, accessories, kids' clothing, books, baby, and stationery
Tuesday: Domestics, women's clothing, pets, and market 
Wednesday: Men's clothing, health and beauty, lawn and garden

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Thursday: Housewares, lingerie, shoes, toys, sporting goods, decor, and luggage
Friday: Auto, cosmetics, hardware, and jewelry

Strategically utilize holiday clearance sales
Target has consistently scaled markdowns on themed items after the holidays:
Day after holiday: 50% off
Three days after holiday: 75% off
One week after holiday: 90% off

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Sign up for mobile coupon alerts
By signing up, a new set of coupons will be sent to your phone each month (you can even specify the exact time you want them delivered.) The coupons are scannable and can be redeemed at the register. 

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Shop the end caps
The end caps are the shelves that sit at the end of each aisle, seeming somewhat misplaced. However, most clearance items are usually placed here--make it your go-to place to check if you're looking for discounted items.

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Check online for current deals  
Each week, Target updates its current promotions and weekly sales pages--you'll be able to scout out deals you want to take advantage of and know how much you can save before you even get in to store.

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BYOB (bring your own bag)
Target offers a five-cent discount for every reusable bag you bring in to use at checkout. Every cent adds up!

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Opt for store-brand items
A general rule of thumb when shopping at any major retailer, but its especially worthwhile at Target. Target has several top-quality store-brands that produce everything from food to beauty products at a much lower price than name brands. 

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Hit the dollar section first
Target's dollar aisle is like no other--you never know what you can find when you really look! 

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Utilize "Target Cartwheel"
Cartwheel is a social coupon program that Target created that allows you to set up an account to earn and receive deals. You can use each deal up to four times, as well as stack your deals with other coupons. 

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Jessie wrote in a comment on her post that one of the male employees "was so sweet... He kept saying, 'It's your right to nurse where ever you want here."

According to an article from the Huffington Post in 2015, Target's employee handbook states that "guests may openly breastfeed in our stores," and further adds that "Target's policy supports breastfeeding in any area of our stores, including our fitting rooms, even if others are waiting."

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