Target Still Not Allowing Salvation Army Bell Ringers
It seems like every year this controversy erupts anew. Target department stores initiated a policy back in 2004 that does not allow for Salvation Army kettle bell ringers to solicit in front of their stores. It all comes down to parsing the word “solicit”. Does standing in front of a store ringing a bell qualify as “soliciting”? Here is Targets take.
Based on Target’s commitment to maintaining a distraction-free shopping experience for our guests, we do not allow Salvation Army bell ringers outside our store nationwide. However, Target proudly supports The Salvation Army, which serves more than 30 million people across the United States each year. Some of our year-round efforts include grants to local chapters, volunteerism and in-kind donations to help those who need it most. Target also partners with The Salvation Army to support its disaster relief efforts in communities across the country. For more information, please visit target.com/salvationarmy.
So I guess the controversy will continue.