A Reddit user and former Target employee has shared an absolutely fantastic pep talk given by a Target employee named Scot in a store in Westminster, Maryland, right before the doors opened for Black Friday.
Here is the full speech:
People of Target, brothers, sisters, hear me now. There standing out there, any moment now, those doors will be breached. Whatever comes through those gates, you will stand your ground with a smile on your face. They come here with bargains in their heads and fire in their eyes and we shall give those bargains to them. We will show them that we are not just the best store in this neighborhood, but the store anywhere. Because we are more than just a store. This is a team. This a family. THIS IS TARGET.
Speaking to BuzzFeed, Vincent Scellini, the Reddit user who shared the video and who used to work with Scot, says that he “misses working with him but doesn’t particularly miss that store”. And added:
He always brought a very positive energy and unique humor to the workplace. He was simply a fun person to be around!
Now here is Scot delivering his pep talk right before the gates open:
1. “Whatever comes through those gates, you will stand your ground with a smile on your face.”
2. “Because we are more than just a store. This is a team. This a family. THIS IS TARGET.”
And I just can’t help but be reminded of the image below, which is how one Brit imagined Black Friday in America:
BuzzFeed tells us that Target issued this statement about Scot’s amazing speech:
One of our favorite parts of the holiday is watching our entire Target team bring the season to life in their own way. We want them to have fun, because we know when our team is having fun, so are our guests. Our team member Scot is one of countless team members who help make Target uniquely Target. We have long said that Thanksgiving weekend is to retail what a championship game is to sports. Scott is clearly quite a coach.
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