Much to my chagrin, I have a soft place in my heart for Target. I’m never tempted to so much as glance at a Wal-Mart, but sometimes when I get an uncontrollable hankering for a cheap tank top, tile cleaner, and discount shampoo, I find myself in basking in the spacious neon glow of a Target, vaguely praying that no child in India lost a finger in the making of the three-dollar garment I’m about to purchase.
Well, those vague whisperings of shame may have just become stringent enough to prevent me from giving in to the seduction of convenience. Target has been penalized in the amount of $600,000 for importing Chinese-made toys that violated the 1978 lead paint ban, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission alleges that Target knowingly broke the law.
The company denies that it knew the toys contained illegal amounts of lead. Well, perhaps they could have checked before they sold hundreds of thousands of the toys to toddlers.
Photo: New York Times