Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Worst Display Ever

After a crazy trip to good ol' Target the other day, I decided to re-post my letter to them about my least favorite display on the planet.

It's like my nemesis.

And this letter is like my therapy.

I haven't been frequenting the store lately cause I'm having trouble keeping up with the girls with this sweet little (but most likely big) guy strapped to the front of me :). And more than that, I have started to not care as much about them running a little wild in public...just cause I don't have the energy to stop the wild right now.

And when I stop caring about the wild even a little, well, people start to whisper and point.

SO, anyway...

Dear Target,

I don't want this to come between us.

You know you're my favorite.

But this is an incredibly tempting display. Not to mention a pain in my side every time we stop by.

You must know that in 30 seconds my 2 yr olds can go from normal children, to destruction master minds. It's a gift.

I don't understand how someone who can't tie their own shoes, can unhinge a metal display. I can't spend anymore time trying to figure that out.

This contraption says 5 things:

1. Children, run don't walk to this tower of  (destructive) opportunity.
2. Pull ball(s) from cage - scream till one is in cart.
3. The more you pull out, the more fun you will have.
4. Take out as many as you can, and do it while the tired, waddling, pregnant lady isn't looking.
5. Charge parents $5 for something that cost .05 cents to make.

I took my eyes off them for like 5 seconds, I don't even know how one (or two) can pull that many bouncy balls from the display in such a short time. It's a total mystery to me.

Now I have to go fetch the ones that rolled all the way back to your automotive section.

Target, get rid of this. Please. For me. For all mom's.

Stop making mothers stand here and explain why they can't buy another one...since they have like 100 at home.

I don't want to fight. I just want to come in, get a Mocha Frappuccino, and cruise the ends of the aisles for all those red sticker deals.

(thank you for my $4 lamp from last week, btw. It looks just delicious in the babe's room.)

This display is your decision, not mine.

Next time, I'm not going pick them all up. You might end up with 50 giant bouncy balls in your electronics department - sometimes, you just have to learn the hard way.

Target, you know I love you, we just need to work through this.



badesjarlais said...

I work at Walgreens and we have the same type of ball pit thing at our store. I HATE it because, like you said, it's a game for the little ones to pull every single ball out of there and, nine times out of ten, the parents either don't realize or don't care to put them back. Who gets to do it. *raises hand*

So I'm with ya on this one.

Shana said...

Wal-mart used to have one. I don't recall seeing one there recently, but I can imagine they quit having theirs thanks to boys like mine getting hold of those balls. I, too, got tired of the balls scattering hither and yon, and having to tell them no, I wasn't getting them anymore. It's really not the brightest idea for a display. Maybe they should lock it up like they do their videogames. Would save a lot of headaches for store employees and parents alike.

Rana said...

I remember this letter. My Kroger has this display near the checkout stands and the shelves where the glass bottles of alcohol are. Not very smart. Grocery carts, glass bottles and bouncing balls everywhere. Not a pretty sight!

*Ross and Katy* said...

I'm so with you! Whenever I take my cousins there I try to stay AWAY from that display. Who's bright idea was it to make a huge display of bouncy balls in the middle of a HUGE store? I say leave the balls out and let the girls make a HUGE MESS :)

Laura said...

ahhh yes, the ball display... I avoid that at all costs... but somehow we creep past it and I too am running around plucking balls from various departments! hahaha!

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Becky said...

Ohhh, this cracks me up! I'm sorry that it does, but I feel for you having to chase all those balls a 9 month pregnant mom! It wouldn't be an easy task not pregnant either. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

our walmart has them, too...and our my 31-months old twins have not gotten near it at all. why? because i control them. because they are in the shopping cart or a stroller...that's why. it is not the norm, if you will, to have two sets of twins, a singelton, and be pregnant, too..that's a lot of kids, with all due respect. it is your choice, of course, but you have to think that people will always pay a lot of attention to you and will say things. i have twins and even with just one set, we get a lot of attention.
i do think that kids need to learn how to behave in public. of course, OF COURSE, you will have an outing with tantrums when they are 2-4 years old...but...come do you think that you will have any time to teach any of them any behaviour if you simply can't do that because of the number of children you have??? maybe 6 kids will teach you the lesson and you will stop making more babies!

Cindy said...

LOVE IT,not that it happened but your description.

Cindy said...

As to Anonymous,must be nice to have perfect kids & be a perfect mom. Be careful what you say,it may come back to haunt you. You know what they say "Pride goeth before a fall!"