X-rated audio blares out of Target loudspeakers, stunning customers


Shoppers at a Target in California were left stunned when an X-rated recording was broadcast over the store's public address system.

Customers in the San Jose store, many of whom were with their children, stopped in their tracks when profanity-filled, pornographic audio blared out of speakers, with shopper Gina Young putting a recording of it on Facebook (Warning: contains offensive sounds and language). It's since been shared nearly 1,800 times.

"People offered to help me cover my twins' ears," she wrote. "Others threw there [sic] stuff down and walked out. Employees were running around everywhere. Picking and hanging up phones, which worked....for about two minutes before it started up again."

"People were screaming at employees, video taping, some laughing some disgusted," she added. "It was terribly awkward."

In a statement to the Star Tribune, the Minneapolis-based retailer said it was taking the incident "very seriously," noting they're "actively reviewing the situation" to figure out what happened and prevent it from happening again.

CBS San Francisco reports that this isn't the first time this has happened in a California Target store, with a similar incident being reported at San Luis Obispo in July.

Shopper Chris Minor, who also recorded the audio while at the Westgate Mall store, said he felt "violated" by the incident, according to CBS.

"I thought it may have been Halloween related, maybe an employee playing games, but this was rated-X material, which made me feel very uncomfortable," he said. "I was taken aback, very frustrated, and appalled, and angered by what I heard."

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