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Target Got Hacked But Our Love For Them Did Not

You know about my love for Target, cuz I wrote a post wondering what voodoo Target does to keep us in their store for hours. Or the fact that you go in for a hair clip and come out with a new closet system.

Well, it’s been all in the news for the past month how Target stores suffered a data breach when their system was hacked sometime in November. It’s estimated that 110 million people were affected and might have had their financial information stolen if they used credit or debit cards there between November something and December something. I am one of those people.

And today, I got an email from them saying that “additional information, including name, mailing address, phone number or email address, was also taken.”

Chile… WUT? I should have read that and panicked but nay. I was all “Aawwww Target keeps us so informed.” I CLEARLY have a problem because the fact that I’m over here making excuses for the store like it’s a toddler who accidentally poured yogurt on my suede shoes. I mean, they didn’t get hacked ON PURPOSE. Mistakes happen. (-___-)

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If this is not proof that our addiction to Target is real and a problem, I don’t know what is. I am shopping sheep with a red dot problem. THESE ARE MY CONFESSIONS, DAMBIT!

This security breach was pretty major too. But ummm… how many of us were at Target the next week shopping our hearts away? I’m pretty sure I stopped at Target shortly after they announced it, saying WHEEEEEE down every aisle. I’m the person who finds an empty aisle at the store just so I can step on the cart and roll down it with my hands in the air like Leo and Kate in Titanic.

Titanic Leo Kate

Me down the aisles of Tarjay.

Meanwhile, let WalMart not take ONE coupon of mine and I boycott them for 6 months talmbout how raggelly the store is. But don’t let someone remind me with “You know Target got hacked last week.” Me: “WHY ARE YOU BRINGING UP THE PAST?!? You petty.”

Whenever whoever I’m shopping with says “Let’s go,” I reply with “One minute” as my lips quiver towards the exit.

Target is bae

TARGET IS MY BAE, INDEED! I need QuietRiot to come out with tshirts that say this because I’d buy it. I just wanna build a home in Vermont with Target so we can make jam together.

Not even that data breach could keep me from it. I’ll just take cash next time. Also, they usually have an ATM next to the Pizza Hut across from the Starbucks, so just in case I didn’t bring enough. O______O

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Oh Target. They may have hacked your systems but they didn’t hack our love for you.

So ummm… are y’all shopping less at Target because of this breach or are you like me and haven’t learned a lesson? Admit it. We’re family here.

P.S. Target is offering free credit monitoring through Experian for those of us who were affected so I’ma take them up on that offer. Cuz all I got in this world of sin are my sick shoes, my name and my credit.

P.P.S. No, Target didn’t pay me for this post. They don’t e’em know my life like that.

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  1. denise
    January 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    well if you get your hair clipped at TarGey and there is suspicion of voodoo…did you do what we were all told as girls ( well some of us I never did it) take your hair when you leave because of some voodoo nonsense they got you maam! I love to shop there too they carry stuff my other box stores don’t like wrinkle release I like it better than starch.

  2. Andrea
    January 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    YES,YES,YES!!! This is sooooo me! I could have written this post! I tell people that Target is my happy place, and they think I’m joking. I am so not joking. When they said the breach happened between black Friday and Dec 15, my mother said she didn’t think she’d been in that stretch of time. I said I’m not sure I can count how many times I’ve been in that time period! It didn’t even occur to me to stop going to Target. I clearly have a problem!

  3. Tip
    January 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Luvvie I understand your struggle. I was in Target the next week with absolutely no true concern. My sister was all panicking and trying to cancel her card and I was shopping red dot Christmas clearance. I have been to at least 3 Targets at least 5 times since the news break. I thought about it and then went in and over-bought again.Target has mine control stronger than Debo.

    If shipping at Target is wrong I don’t wanna be right. Move over Disney World because target may be the happiest place on earth.

  4. Christy Stover
    January 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I am SO with you…I got the same email…don’t care. I went right back and finished up some Christmas shopping there, and been back several times since…AND, I used that same dog-gone debit card. But, they have quality stuff that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. They’ve got me hook, line and sinker. :-/

  5. Ashley
    January 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    You know what, I was all about forgiving the nonsense that happened because Target is the place to be any day of any week..but then, right after I got a new card and the money that was stolen replaced, it happened I’m thinking I’m gonna give Target a break. I know I could just use cash, but I’ve now been waiting 2 weeks for another new card and have had no access to my money because of them, so I’m pretty salty about it and not willing to give them my business. This may change in the future, but for now, I’m just gonna send that money to Sallie Mae..

  6. Nikki
    January 16, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I literally just came from Target. I walked in the house and hubby acted like he saw a ghost. He said “YOU WENT TO TARGET?” I said “yeah, oh!” Then said “see what I got?” I can’t quit you, Tarjay!!!!

  7. QuitaP
    January 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I haven’t been there since the breach and after I got my new card. No one stole my money and Target broke my heart. We might make up by the weekend though. I can’t lie; I kind of miss it.

  8. JazzT
    January 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Mmhmm. The question isn’t whether or not I shopped at Target during that timeframe…it’s how many times and mow many stores did I shop at during that timeframe. I was right back in there before Christmas and repeatedly after watching the after-Christmas clearance go from 50 to 70 to 90% off. There’s a Super Target (the holiest of all lands!) and a two story Target within 5 miles of me. And still have a $50 gift card burning a hole in my purse. I should have more concern especially since I’ve experienced identity fraud in the past but DAMN this addiction!

    • Christie
      January 19, 2014 at 8:36 am

      A two-story Target, she whispers. Be still my beating heart, I am still repeating the words, a two-story Target.

  9. Shay
    January 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I got to go with Ashley on this one–I was so mad when Bank of America contacted me shutting down my card because I was one of the victims of this. Not only that but they said that all my bills connected to my card had to be redirected to the new card which took over a week to get…meanwhile I’m getting hit with fees from the cable company, electric and water!! Which I have to pay–nope I’m boycotting for a while-sitting in the corner like a little kid all mad. Don’t make me hold my breath…cuz I will!! But, I really love Target so it’s hurting me more than its hurting them I’m sure. And damn do I hate Wal-mart, where I swear the trash of the world congregates like they holding a church service in the aisles.

  10. Margaret
    January 16, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    When I heard about the breach, I said to myself, “Diane (I call myself Diane), we just gon’ pretend the breach didn’t happen at the Red Dot Boutique because we’re still going to shop there.”

    The other day I went in for 1 item and over an hour later, I had 15 items and spent over $172. Breach or no breach, I can’t give it up.

    • Robirdie23
      January 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Yeah, my rationale was that I shouldn’t worry since my bank is ALREADY aware of the breach so it’s probably not going to happen to me since that was in the past, lol. See, Target got us making excuses like Dwayne Wade.

    • Shakira
      January 18, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Red Dot Boutique. I live!!!

    • Christie
      January 19, 2014 at 8:38 am

      The Red Dot Boutique! I just yelled!!!

  11. bran's boo
    January 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    ditto. ditto on it all. esp the walFART part. can’t stand that gray place.

  12. milaxx
    January 16, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Chile, I was there yesterday! And when they had that “I’m sorry 15% off day?” I was like, “y’all too sweet.” and shopped then too.

    I’ve been checking my account and so far no trouble.

  13. BaronessBree
    January 16, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    All I bought was some marked down Phillip Lim stuff online in November and I got a credit monitoring offer. Bye Target. I ain’t need half the stuff I bought anyway. Hey Amazon Prime! Two days you say? I’m on it. *Opens special online charge card before credit is ruined.*

  14. January 16, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I have not learned a DAMNED. THING. Every time a new, horrible development about the breach hits the media or my inbox I get a momentary pang of good sense that tells me to stay away, but then I ignore it and grab my keys and go to Target to buy post-it notes or socks or something equally random. I do need to get up on that Experian monitoring, though…and probably get a new Red Card.

  15. Ky G
    January 16, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Guilty guilty guilty. I just can’t give up the red dot!!!! Lol

  16. January 16, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    You make me laugh harder than anyone I know right now.

  17. MsAllyce
    January 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Got the same email…saw that the CEO was on the Today show or something earlier this week…been scolded by all the old people in my life about not shopping there. Blah, blah, and more blah!

    Chile please, it’s Target…the land of milk and honey, and dishwasher cleaner, and amazing church stockings, and whatever else I find as I wander down each and every aisle. Walked in the weekend they were doing the I’m sorry sale and spent a extra $250 just so they knew I wasn’t gonna quit them! Matter fact, it’s time to check the website for coupons so I can go again this weekend!

    ~ Addicted and proud in MD

  18. Shannon
    January 17, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I’m addicted to Target’s love as well! Had to get a new debit card because of the breach. There were restrictions and daily w/d limits placed on my account as well! But baaaaaaaby, when the new debit card came….let’s just say it’s been swiped there a few times! They gotta be way safer now right?!??

  19. Romney
    January 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

    The Red Dot Boutique will always have a special place in my heart. I’m sure I was in there the day after the breach and continuously go every other day. Clearly I’ll never learn.

  20. January 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I signed up for my free credit monitoring and kept it moving like nothing even happened.

  21. Robirdie23
    January 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    DYING Laughing at this post, stop knowing my life Luvvie!! I actually went to Target today on my lunch break, intentionally lying to myself that I was only going to grab only ONE thing (soap), spent 45 minutes and $156 and I’m happily eating my meal of popcorn at my desk. Why can’t I quit you Target? I don’t want to, that’s why!

  22. dmaclee
    January 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    So my church is on a financial fast for 21 days. Our pastor’s wife asked my husband was I going to be okay not being able to go to Target for that long. I’m not ‘shamed though. Not at all.

  23. tbm473
    January 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Oh, Luvvie, this post made me cringe-laugh! It is too, too true. Target is me & the hubby’s crack. Yes, we heard about the breach and yes, we ended up having to get a new debit card, but where were we two days after the new card arrived? At the crimson temple of wonder & delight getting sweaters for him and those new slinky Vince knock-offs for me. I swear, that red dot is like the bat signal for shopoholics.

  24. January 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I was affected…and shopping at the SAME DAY I found out about the breach. Because of that, MasterCard shut my debit card DOWN when I tried to get gas later that day and I was mad at my bank/MasterCard.

    After work, I was at Target.

    Two weeks later (while still waiting on my replacement card *chocolate coated side eye to Huntington*), my card was shut off again at the salon…and again I was at Target that day.

    We just can’t quit them.

  25. Lily
    January 18, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Thank you for bringing me out the closest! I didn’t bat an eye at the breach. I was ashamed of myself for carelessly marching my behind into that darn store. Where else I can go shop for EVERYTHING, get my fresh bag of popcorn, and get my Starbucks fix?!
    I knew something wasn’t right, but I couldn’t/can’t stop going. I didn’t bat an eye when Chase sent an email informing me about the new card coming in the mail or when I received that email from our beloved holy grail of everything you “need” stores offering free credit monitoring. My husband shook his head a little at my foolishness and I proceeded to make my three-a-week trips to Target.
    I refuse to tell my mama I went in there. I can feel the glare of her side-eye states away.

  26. Shakira
    January 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I get real-live upset when I have to leave Target. And I use my “wait, just one more thing” excuse every time. That “one more thing” turns into a pile in my basket. That only started out as a hand-carry basket. It never stays that way, as I always have to upgrade to a regular one. Why doesn’t Target just offer “shopping palettes” instead? They know how we are! lol I just figured I’d wait until everything died down a bit and I’ll be back at Tar-Jay in no time!

  27. dmaclee
    January 19, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I went to Target today. It was supposed to be for toilet paper, but I took my hype man (husband) and daughter with me. Big mistake. Left out with 4 bags and still no toilet paper. I am going to stretch myself across the altar tomorrow.

  28. Shay
    January 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    LMBO! I feel the same way! If i spend more than 40 seconds finding a spot at walmart , or let them be out of trash bags i cuss them out and boycott them for 6 months!

    but i just say..oh poor target, i am sure they are handling the situation…and kept swiping that RED card!!