John Barrowman, known for his roles on “Arrow” and “Doctor Who,” blasted Target for refusing to let him purchase items for a homeless man.
The out actor posted a video on Twitter claiming that he attempted to buy a homeless man a $40 gift card, jacket and shirt at a Target in West Hollywood. Barrowman says he was “lectured” by a staff member that he couldn’t make the purchase.
“Target, that’s a stupid rule. How dare you tell me as a customer who I am allowed to buy for and what I am allowed to buy? That was a homeless gentleman who needed some help, and you need to change your policies if this is what you think of being a good community member,” Barrowman says in the video. “Because I’ll stop shopping here. And I’ll post for everybody else to stop shopping here. It’s absolutely ridiculous, and every customer behind me thought it was ridiculous also.”
“That gentleman needed help, a little bit of help to get him up, to make his day a little better, and Target, you were trying to deny that. So I’m a little pissed off with you right now,” he added.
. @target @targetstyle @targetdoesitagain I am disgusted by what I was told. Arrest me for trying to help someone. The stupidity behind that rule. I want an explanation. My fans and followers please message #Target regarding this. JB pic.twitter.com/pNZ3Sfy3qZ
— John Barrowman MBE (@JohnBarrowman) April 6, 2018
Barrowman tagged Target in the post who responded with an apology.
“We’re very sorry for the experience you had at the LA Target store. We absolutely do not have a policy against this type of purchase, and are addressing it immediately with the team members involved. Thank you for bringing this to our attention,” Target tweeted.
We’re very sorry for the experience you had at the LA Target store. We absolutely do not have a policy against this type of purchase, and are addressing it immediately with the team members involved. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
— AskTarget (@AskTarget) April 6, 2018