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Junk Food in Clothing Stores
I don’t like shopping – I rarely go to the mall. So, when I did go to the mall the other day, I was shocked by what I saw while at Old Navy. Old Navy sells clothes, right? They’ve always sold kind of ‘gifty’ things at their registers, like dog toys and scarfs and such. I like their clothes – I think their prices are reasonable and their stuff is cute. What I didn’t expect was junk food in clothing stores.
Since when did they start having displays at their registers that would rival the candy racks of a grocery store?
On top of that, the line for the registers leads customers by this display of items… small toys and more and more candy.
I observed one parent in a continuous argument with her child explaining why she was not getting the candy she was begging for. Then, I saw another parent happily picking up items and giving them to her child. These were small children in strollers who were at eye level to the display.
I get it – companies are trying to make money any way they can. I wonder what the profit margin is on the candy in the check out lines? Is that profit worth contributing to the poor health of our society. A parent who is innocently trying to shop for clothes does not need to be bombarded by candy displays.
Why is it that the less expensive clothing stores do this? Yet the higher end stores don’t? Is it a continuous marketing of junk food as being the only food in the price range of people on a limited budget?
I’m not a fan of boycotting stores for their political beliefs. I am a fan of giving my business to stores that practice social responsibility. I think this qualifies for irresponsibility. Do you think clothing retailers have a responsibility to not sell junk food?
I also do a lot of shopping at Target and of course there is a lot of candy sold there. However, even Target doesn’t bombard with as much candy at the check out line. As much as I like Old Navy’s products, I’m torn.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you go to clothing stores that bombard with junk food? Have you seen other stores doing the same? I’ve seen the same thing at Justice.