Normally, Internet trolls are a nuisance, igniting random arguments and inflammatory, off-topic comments and intentionally provoke others to respond angrily to their remarks. However, one self-proclaimed troll decided to put his skills to good use when he took on Target's critics when it removed gender-based toy labels head on.
By the way, we would never condone impersonating another person or claim to be connected to any organization. However, Mike Melgaard, the man behind the fake AskForHelp Target Facebook page certainly owned his impersonation – delivering unapologetic customer service with snarky remarks to be taken with a grain of salt.
According to reports, Melgaard simply created a Facebook Page with the title AskForHelp and used Target's red and white logo as the profile photo. Comments from people who were not happy with Target's decision to remove gender-based labels in their stores immediately began pouring in – and just as quick were Melgaard's hilarious responses.
The fake page has since been shut down as it is against Facebook policy to impersonate another entity. However, Melgaard has preserved his interactions in an album on his own personal Facebook account entitled, “Target Trolling.”
Here are some of Melgaard's posts from his AskForHelp page:
Again, this is not an endorsement for others to begin creating their own fake customer service accounts to troll close-minded customers. It may even be illegal to do so depending on what state you live in.
That being said, even Target posted a not-so-subtle shout-out to the man who has become the Internet's favorite troll with a photo announcement of troll toys being back in style only at Target stores.