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Target temporarily closes dozens of stores nationwide, including East Palo Alto location

Original post made on May 30, 2020

Target has temporarily closed dozens of stores throughout the country, including multiple Peninsula locations, following looting at some of its stores nationwide during protests this week in response to the death of George Floyd.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, May 30, 2020, 10:44 PM

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Posted by peace
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2020 at 11:53 pm

We had to drive to the North Bay yesterday, and stopped at Target in Oakland. There were no problems. Oakland is a diverse and tolerant place. Usually troublemakers come from outside.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 31, 2020 at 6:25 am

I can understand stores closing where there have been rioting protestors, but why close stores where there are no problems?

Or have there been problems with Target being targeted? Is there more than this article is telling?

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Posted by Covid-Kid
a resident of Mountain View
on May 31, 2020 at 7:29 am

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Posted by MidtownMom
a resident of Midtown
on May 31, 2020 at 9:58 am

Target is headquartered in Minneapolis so eventually protestors might retaliate against all stores

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Posted by Family Friendly
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 31, 2020 at 10:58 am

"protestors"? Enough with the Orwellian media double-speak. These are rioters a looters attacking innocent bystanders and burning down private businesses.

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Posted by Critical Thinking
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 31, 2020 at 11:48 am

The writer says:
> Bystanders captured video... Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.”

It is misleading to imply he said this only during the bystander’s video. He repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe even when he was *standing* and being led to the police car, handcuffed, repeatedly falling to the ground in an apparent attempt to resist getting into the car.

Are the protesters saying he was lying about not being able to breathe then, but telling the truth about not being able to breathe only in the bystander video? How do they know that?

Are the science-based findings of the coroner’s preliminary report that found no evidence of strangulation or asphyxiation to be dismissed? Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, and the report implies (and the store clerk states) he was intoxicated. Could those have contributed to his death?

Should there be a trial to sort this out, or should the mob be the judge, jury, and executioner in cases such as this?

- NYT: Web Link
- Official complaint: Web Link

> In Oakland, where protests of Floyd's killing Friday night left more than 70 downtown businesses vandalized and/or looted

Tragic that the rioters/looters leave their own communities’ neighborhoods even more destitute. It’s hard to believe that this is their way of showing they care about "black lives."

I don’t see any strong condemnation of it by peaceful protesters. Why are they condoning it? Moral leadership at a time like this involves clearly stating what is right and wrong.

Sorry you have to deal with this, Target. May justice prevail.

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Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on May 31, 2020 at 12:11 pm

Peaceful demonstrations are allowed and can bring about good results; violent demonstrations combined with looting and injuring are not legal and only cause more violence and hatred.

Target had nothing to do with George Floyd's death. They do not deserve to be "punished."

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Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on May 31, 2020 at 5:54 pm

The Apple store in Portland was looted.

Now, the PA store on University is being boarded up.

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Posted by Rational
a resident of Mountain View
on May 31, 2020 at 8:32 pm

The vandals and looters all need to be caught and as punishment, they would do dirty jobs that most people don't like doing like cleaning bathrooms, pick up litter on the streets and side of highways, clean up graffiti, etc.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 1, 2020 at 1:19 am

The mob mentality of destruction and looting across this country is not about racial inequality or George Floyd. Many of the people lack education, ethical morals, healthcare, and income, so they resort to criminal activity. America does not have socialized/universal health and dental care, education, and decent housing for every individual. The gang rap culture is also encouraging violence and bad morals. President Trump and all the current and past presidents and administrations all have failed to reform this country's problems.
The overgenerous promised pensions of state and city employees are unsustainable and it's wrong that taxpayers have to make up for any losses. Taxpayers should have more control where they want their hard earned money to go to rather than pensions. I am working so hard every day, but a retired city employee can relax at home making double or triple of what I earn in one year.
This whole country needs major changes to improve the quality and standards of living for all.

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