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During two visits to a large national retailer, a customer said he was bombarded by offers to open a credit card. He wanted to know why all of the sales associates he spoke with were so pushy, so he asked whether they received an incentive if they persuaded customers to sign up for a card.

“They told us that if they did not reach a certain goal or number of new credit customers, they would be docked hours,” he wrote to Whistleblower. “Their future employment would be in jeopardy if they did not succeed in pushing customers into taking on more debt. As we spoke with a number of individuals, one said 'no comment’ in fear of losing her job if she spoke honestly with us.”

Are retailers going too far in pitching their credit cards?

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