You're walking into Target. It's a regular day, one like any other. The sun is shining while you grab your perforated red cart (you are beyond the basket, this is Target people) and make your way through the crowded parking lot.
If this is something you do on the regular (raises hand), perhaps you've noticed those giant red balls that dot the sidewalk, close to store's automatic doors. You know, the ones that are supposed to keep people safe by stopping cars from driving straight through the store.
In a turn of unfortunate events one of these giant concrete balls dislodged from its base and created full-blow chaos after a pickup truck rammed into it in Paramus, New Jersey.
As the rogue Target ball barreled through the parking lot, threatening cars and shoppers in its path, the two-ton boulder made with Eileen Grady's Nissan Rogue. "All of sudden I hear this crash and a really loud noise," Eileen Grady told her local .
When she got out of her car to look, she found a massive red dent on the passenger side of her vehicle — the sheer force of impact shot a nail straight out of her tire. "It's about $3,500 in damage," .
Yikes. When Grady filed a claim with Target's insurance company, however, she was quickly denied. Police are still on the lookout for the pickup truck that dislodged the ball, starting it all — but Grady doesn't think the driver knew he dislodged the boulder.
You really can't make this stuff up, but if you're skeptical, check out the surveillance footage of the, um, rampant Target ball — seriously, this thing was taking names. After the ball rolled and made with Grady's car, a brave bystander hops out of his car — followed by his dog, no less — to stop the ball in its path, Grady said.
Footage shows a Target employee place a cone near the ball … but walks away to attend to a stray cart. Just when you thought it couldn't get more horrifying, in the interim, a child even hops on top of the unsecured ball.
Target has yet to budge on Grady's insurance claim and hasn't yet released any more information about additional parking lot causalities. Turns out this isn't the first time this has happened — there's been one other report of a dislodged ball, which Target has acknowledged, so this is, unfortunately, a thing.
Grady, unlike the rogue ball, isn't going anywhere, though. "Not only won't Target not pay themselves, they also won't go after the person in the truck. So what can a girl do?" she wrote in a post on .
She'll see Target in small claims court, where she plans to file an additional claim.
GoodHousekeeping.com reached out to the company and received the following statement: "As part of our commitment to guest safety, Target has procedures, policies and trainings in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work. We are aware of this incident, and we will handle all communication directly with the guest in question," said a Target spokesperson in an email. "I can confirm that a vendor has checked all bollards at the store."
That sounds like good news, for now — hopefully we won't be seeing anymore wayward Target bollards anytime soon.