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David Leavitt slammed for calling police on Target over a toothbrush

Published: 18/Jan/2020 18:48

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Journalist David Leavitt ruffled feathers online when he put a store employee on blast on Twitter over a mispriced toothbrush, and now, people are calling for justice for “Target Tori.”

Everyone knows how it feels to go into a store and spot a bargain that’s just too good to pass up, especially if it’s something they’ve been wanting for a while and it’s reduced in price by a substantial amount.

Sometimes, price errors occur though, and it’s not quite the amazing deal you thought it would be. While many would simply accept it and continue on with their day, writer David Leavitt shared his frustrations on Twitter when it happened to him, and is now being slammed for how he handled the situation.

Man calls police over mispriced toothbrush

On January 17, Leavitt uploaded a series of photos to the social media platform with the caption “This [Target] manager Tori is not honoring the price of their items per massachusetts law.”

The pictures showed the item in question – an electric Oral B Pro 5000 toothbrush usually worth $89.99 – with a $0.01 price tag, alongside a photograph of the employee, and a screenshot of the Massachusetts pricing law.

He then followed it up with another tweet stating that he’d actually gotten law enforcement involved over the situation. “I just had to call the police because [Target] refused to sell me the toothbrush,” he said.

After outrage started to brew, the “award-winning multimedia” journalist clarified further and said that he hadn’t called 911, but had instead reached out to the police’s business line.

“I did not call 911,” he said. “I called the business number for the police and told them it was not an emergency and they could take their time and explained the situation.”

Leavitt then claimed that the officers encouraged him to sue Target over the mispriced item, and that they were willing to provide him with a report.

“The police verified [Target] displayed the price of toothbrush for $0.01. The store manager Tori refused to sell me the toothbrush for displayed price,” he said. “The police said I need to sue them and that they are making me a verified report [to] take to court.”

The whole ordeal didn’t go down in his favor, and instead angered many as to why he’d go so far over a toothbrush, and why he’d publicly shame the employee by uploading a photograph of her.

“So you decided to publicly shame a random Target worker because you’re mad about a toothbrush,” fellow journalist Michael Tracey replied.

“Please take her photo down. In what universe do you think it’s ok to shame a woman working at [Target] because she didn’t sell you a toothbrush for 1 cent?” reporter Rita Panahi responded.

People were so mad, in fact, that #TargetTori began trending worldwide on the social media platform, and a GoFundMe was set up in order to help send the worker on vacation.

At this time of writing, the appeal has raised $16,600 USD by over 1,000 donors in just 18 hours. The worker herself has yet to speak out.


Pokimane responds to transphobia accusations after Discord DMs emerge

Published: 29/Nov/2020 2:15

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Pokimane has been accused of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist after a mod tried to blame her for discriminating against a trans girl, but she apologized and maintained her innocence.

Iman ‘Pokimane’ Anys is normally in the spotlight for the right reasons. However, she’s been caught up in drama lately after leaked documents about her relationship with Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan surfaced.

Pokimane denied the allegations, and it looked like smooth sailing from here on out. But now, another incident has surfaced. It’s a serious one that has thrown her into drama yet again.

Pokimane discord transphobic drama
Pokimane has been caught up in one drama after another lately.

Pokimane’s official Discord server has a role exclusive to girls, but users can’t get it unless they confirm their gender by speaking in voice chat. It’s supposed to be a failsafe way to stop male viewers from pretending to be females for trolling purposes.

However, a mod rejected a trans girl from the role. He claimed he was following orders and deflected the blame onto Pokimane. Apparently, the trans girl persisted, which ultimately lead to being banned from the server.

This sparked an uproar on social media. Some people even accused Pokimane of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF). Fortunately, she responded quickly and assured fans that everybody is welcome in her community.

“I’m looking into this with said mod/proof of the conversation that was held between them,” she said. [I] will [also] contact SHSLChris directly to resolve this and to assure she is welcomed properly.”

“Anyone in my community should be welcomed with open arms no matter what gender/sexuality,” she added. “I’m so sorry if anyone was made to feel otherwise, especially by a mod. That is not okay, and I’ll make sure it’s properly handled.”

“Furthermore, I’ve unmodded the person in question,” she said, implying that he acted independently.

“Again, I’m so sorry for this interaction, as it is not something I reinforce/a rule of mine, and is far from representative of my personal opinions, as I truly support the trans community.”

The key takeaway is the mod appears to have acted or interpreted the rules in his own way, and has since been unmodded.

Pokimane also maintained her innocence and claimed she is in full support of the trans community. Whether the affected user will accept her invite back into the Discord remains to be seen.