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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

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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.

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Does Tom Holland have TikTok? Fake accounts fuel rumors

Published: 26/Oct/2020 18:06

by Georgina Smith

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Several accounts claiming to be actor Tom Holland with millions of followers have been surging in popularity on TikTok recently, with videos engineered to look bizarrely genuine. But do any of them really belong to the actor himself?

After TikTok exploded in popularity when it shifted over from musical.ly, many influencers – such as the likes of Charli and Dixie D’Amelio – have found an extraordinary level of fame from their lip-syncing content.

In fact, TikTok has become so widespread that many mainstream celebrities have found themselves making accounts on the platform to keep in the loop with their younger fans and participate in some of its hugely viral trends.

Stars such as Jason Derulo have ended up securing a whole new crop of fans via the popular app, so it’s no wonder that users will constantly be on the lookout for their favorite celebrities finally making accounts.

The first look of Tom Holland as Nathan Drake for the upcoming Uncharted movie.
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The first look of Tom Holland as Nathan Drake for the upcoming Uncharted movie.

Why do people think Tom Holland has TikTok?

People cannot be blamed for assuming that the Spiderman actor, and upcoming Uncharted star, has a TikTok account, as some users have done a frighteningly convincing job of posing as the beloved actor.

Accounts such as tomhoiiand1996 have over a million followers, and regularly post videos that Tom has taken of himself, as if they were being posted to TikTok for the first time. They’ve even made it look as though the actor has duetted with people, or participated in TikTok trends.

@tomhoiiand1996♬ оригинальный звук – TomHolland

In one viral clip from another million follower account, tholland1997, a video of Tom staring at the camera has the caption, “You think you can hurt my feelings? People say I can’t go on social media without spoiling movies” as part of the Bulletproof challenge.

@tholland1997Words can hurt😔 ##fyp ##foru ##tomholland ##spiderman ##spoilers♬ Bulletproof – La Roux

In the comment sections underneath these videos, people are understandably baffled, since the incredibly convincing videos and high follower accounts appear to prove that it’s the real actor. “I’m soooo confused,” one user said, with another exclaiming, “Is this really Tom Holland? Like real real? Sorry omg I have trust issues.”

Comment on a fake Tom Holland TikTok account

Comment on a fake Tom Holland TikTok account

Does Tom Holland actually have TikTok?

However, many are setting people straight in the comments, saying things like, “It’s funny to me that people believe that these accounts are real even though the only people he follows are his costars like he has no other friends.”

Comment on a fake Tom Holland TikTok account

Others inform misguided viewers that the clip posted to the accounts are actually pulled from his Instagram lives and are made to look as though they have been made specifically for TikTok.

One account, however, with half as many followers as the fake accounts, does appear to be Tom’s ‘real’ account, tomholland1996. This is the remainder of his old musical.ly account that was copied over on the migration to TikTok, but has not been active for five years.

@tomholland1996♬ 3 2 1 Let’s Go! – 3 2 1 Let’s Go!

It seems the bizarre phenomenon won’t be coming to a halt anytime soon, though maybe it will prompt Tom Holland to give the viral app a go.