A South Carolina jury recently returned a verdict for a woman who was wrongfully accused by Target of attempting to pay for an item of merchandise with an allegedly counterfeit $100 bill. Target violated its own procedures by sending out email with surveillance photos of the plaintiff attached. After suspecting the plaintiff was trying to use a counterfeit bill, Target then took it upon itself to notify 31 other businesses about her, telling them to keep an eye out for the plaintiff in their stores. The Secret Service then visited the plaintiff and determined her $100 bill was legitimate! The stress of the investigation and the false accusations made against her reputation caused the plaintiff to lose 40 pounds.
Do American corporations simply have no common sense any more?
Cantrell v. Target Corp., U.S.D.C. (S.C.), October 22, 2008