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Need a Job? Wear a Red Sweater to Your Local Target on Black Friday

Topics: Current Events

Before we tell you this tale of mistaken identity, it’s essential to note that we have no idea whether this story is true or not. It could be a case of being in the right (red) sweater at the wrong time (Black Friday). Or it could be totally made up, yet another stab at viral marketing fame and glory.

It’s worth noting that if the latter is true, however, Jeff From Target clearly knows what he’s doing, and should probably infiltrate an ad agency next, where they’ll be happy to have him.

Here Are the Details

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Jeff From Target/Twitter

In an occasionally NSFW thread on Twitter, 22-year-old photographer Jeff explains that he dropped by Target this Black Friday to pick up a copy of NBA2K18. Unfortunately — or maybe fortunately for us — he wore a red sweater and khakis for his excursion. He says this led a harried manager to mistake him for an employee, give him a “new team member” name badge, and put him to work scanning merchandise and answering customer questions.


Over the course of the next few hours, Jeff:

  • Returned carts.
  • Got denied for a break.
  • Was yelled at by a customer for explaining that Fallout 5 doesn’t exist.
  • Scanned a bunch of merchandise.
  • Directed a customer to the baby aisle. (“200% sure I lied,” he said.)
  • Recommended that a customer buy a Roomba.
  • Mused to himself about whether or not he’d get paid.
  • Left without notice.

His parting thoughts?

Whether his saga is true or not, we can all agree with those words of wisdom. Especially those folks who’ve done their time in the trenches of Black Friday retail.

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Featured Image: Mike Mozart/Flickr

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