First Walmart, now Target -- where am I allowed to shop?
I've briefly mentioned my disdain for Walmart before. Now it turns out Target (the blue-state alternative to Walmart's red-state charm) is allowing their pharmacists to refuse to dispense the Plan B contraceptive if it conflicts with the pharmacist's religious beliefs. I won't get into why I find this objectionable, but suffice it to say, I do.
I have already decided to boycott Walmart unless I absolutely have no other choice (ie, if Walmart is the only place that carries a particular product). I have shopped at Target for a while now, and I find their products of a higher quality than those at Walmart, their stores cleaner, and the people that work there generally friendlier. If I include Target in my list of stores to boycott, I will add extra agony to the pain of shopping. You see, I live in a small town. Our choices of one-stop shopping includes a Walmart, a Super Walmart, a Sam's Club (the Walmart membership store), and a Target. Yes, that's 3 Walmart stores, one Target, and nothing else. No K-Mart. No Costco. No options.
I don't buy a lot of things (as evidenced by my rant against Black Friday), and when I do, I often shop online. The only regular shopping I do is at the grocery store and for other general crap. Target comes in handy when I want to buy the general crap -- if I need something for the kitchen or bathroom, I know I can find it at Target. If I exclude the only remaining acceptable one-stop store in my town, I don't know where I will buy all of that general crap. What the hell did people do before these mega-stores began taking over small towns?