December 23, 2019 - FormerInmate@T-554
Target Corporation Distribution Center: My First Week
I was randomly assigned to Outbound/Shipping in Pueblo, Colorado, without so much as an interview. A pulse will suffice. As far as “Team Member” goes, I still don’t know what that means or what “team” I was on. I was referred by my spouse, who worked in Inbound/Receiving, who will not be named due to a pending lawsuit. Together, we represent the two most psysically demanding positions in the warehouse.
Day 1: My training consisted in showing me which lanes were mine and how to log in. I needed to move 835 cartons per hour without letting any conveyor belt stop due to back up. Within the first quarter there was a “code green” alarm, which means medical emergency. A guy from my department crushed his leg between a double he was driving and the feed line, in what will be “a life altering injury”. He was still in an orange vest (training).
Day 2: A guy from the Texas facility got killed. He was working cold food and got caught up in conveyor and hanged by his hoodie. According to the newspaper, the call came in after he was found by employees after fourth break.
Day 3: I’m experiencing pain in both wrists and both ankles. By the end of the 4th day I am injured and can’t walk right for 6 weeks.
Target DC workers are underrepresented on this page, so I wanted to add my experience. A Distribution Center operates much differently than retail stores, but we share some things in common such as incompentent HR and management, etc. But there is so much more evil within the Target Corporation than front end retail….