Internet Raises $30,000 For Target Manager After Customer’s Complaint Goes Viral
Tori Perrotti, a manager at a Target in Massachusetts, has received over $30,000 in donations after an incident with a customer went viral.
To recap, David Leavitt went into the store and discovered an Oral B Pro 5000 electric toothbrush was on the shelf, priced as one cent. Per the New York Post, The tooth brush was actually on sale for $89.99, but Leavitt argued that he should receive the item for the amount that was displayed. When store manager, Tori Perrotti, didn’t give him the toothbrush at that price, David Leavitt not only aired his grievance on social media, but he called the police.
During his social media rant, Leavitt wrote, “I just had to call the police because @target Refused to sell me the toothbrush. I did not call 911. 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. 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. The police said I need to sue them and that they are making me a verified report take to court.”
He also says, “Corporations like @target are not above the law. The police officer told me they’d testify that they saw the price and that the manager wouldn’t sell me the item for the price listed. I have not been able to afford to go to a dentist in over three years. So yes I wanted a good toothbrush and was thrilled to see such an amazing prize on an @oralb but @target refused to honor it and now I have to take them to court.”
Under Leavitt’s tweets, there are tons of people bashing him for not only posting a picture Tori and calling the police, but for failing to realize that the one-cent price was an honest mistake. Since the incident went viral, people have begun donating to a fundraiser set up to send Perrotti on vacation. So far, the page has received over $31,000 in donations.
After the positive support she received, Tori – nicknamed “Target Tori” – made a statement, saying, “It’s so often that people will take the picture and make a meme out of it in a mean way. So, it’s nice to see there’s publicity out of this to support me and my feelings.” She also adds after seeing her picture online, “My first thought was I wish I had worn makeup to work that day.”
Tori says she plans on donating some of the money she’s received, and she plans on vacationing somewhere warm.