Target Australia has removed Rockstar's smash hit action-adventure video game from its shelves today following a spate of complaints from its customers about the game's depictions of violence against women.
General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Jim Cooper said the decision was made following extensive community and customer concern about the R rated game. However only a day earlier the store had decided to keep the game on its shelves.
So what made Target do a U-turn on its public defense to keep Grand Theft Auto V on its shelves? An online petition an online petition which had been started by battered women on November the 29th, had reached nearly 41,000 signatures this morning and forced the superstore to rethink its stance on stocking the game.
Mr Cooper had this to say in an official statement on Targets Australian website:
"We've been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant
level of concern about the game's content," Mr Cooper said.
"We've also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective
on the issue.
"However, we feel the decision to stop selling GTA5 is in line with the majority view of our customers."
Mr Cooper said Target would continue to sell other R-rated DVDs and games.
This statement was a polar opposite of the ones released only 24 hours before on the very same website which defended the stores decision to stock the game.
So what are your thoughts on this, do you think Target were right to pull the game from the shelves? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.