Target Sweater Offends: Target OCD Sweater Irks The Internet, Store Refuses To Remove It From The Shelves

A Target OCD sweater has offended many folks on the internet and members of the mental health services community. The Target OCD Obsessive Christmas Disorder sweater story quickly went viral and sparked a heated debate on the nightly news. Some sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder are not bothered by the sweater; other feels it makes light of a serious mental illness.

Target made short statement in response to the OCD Obsessive Christmas Disorder sweater and has so far stood by an initial decision not to remove the holiday garment from stores shelves or its online shopping website. Photos of the Target OCD sweater quickly went viral on the internet.

The Target Obsessive Christmas Disorder sweater is part of the store’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Collection and sells for $22.40. Target Ugly Christmas Sweater Collection offerings also include a Darth Vader Christmas, Ugly Christmas Tree, and an On The Naughty List sweater, CNNMoney reports.

Similar sweaters and shirts are being sold by Amazon, Cracker Barrel, and other popular retailers throughout the United States, AdWeek noted in a report about the controversial OCD Obsessive Christmas Disorder sweater, according.

The International OCD Foundation defines the mental illness as “a disorder of the brain which affects the patient’s behavior. Obsessive compulsive disorder has reportedly been known to create severe anxiety and causes patients to engage in both obsessions and compulsions that take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values,” according to the foundation. OCD impacts about 2.2 million American adults.

“I’m calling on @Target to remove the #OCD sweater!” tweeted someone identifying herself as “the original #OCDiva.”

A statement about the Target OCD sweater issued by the company after images of the item went viral said, “We never want to disappoint our guests and we apologize for any discomfort. We currently do not have plans to remove this sweater.”

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Target is closing 13 stores around the country. The discount retailer cited a drop in profits for the store closures. Big deals will likely be available after the Black Friday and Christmas holiday sales end. The stores, slated for closures shortly after the after the first of the year, are expected to begin going out of business sales following the holiday season.

Target operates about 1,800 stores across the United States. CEO Brian Cornell stated that the cosmetic upgrades at stores have prompted a significant increase in sales in both the home goods and apparel departments, Fortune reports. To better compete with Walmart, Target enhanced its website sales offerings and upgraded the interior of many stores, and also began offering curbside pickup in many locations.

The Target Black Friday ad states that a preview sale begins at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening and notes that a multitude of deals will be offered online starting Thanksgiving Day and running through Black Friday and the remainder of the weekend.

Black Friday doorbusters at Target include a Polaroid tablet with keyboard offered for just $49.99. Apple watches are being offered for $349.00. Parrot Drones will be only $69.99 during the Target Black Friday sale. A Fitbit Charge HR will be priced at $119.00. A vast array of DVD movies will be offered for $2 and $4 each during the biggest shopping day of the day. A large selection of toys will be offered as part of a “buy one get one” 50 percent off sale.

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