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Teen's mom finds Army recruiting card in store-bought pants

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Midlands mother contacted us after finding an Army recruiter's card in a pair of pants she bought for her son.
We called the recruiter to see if he was the one who hid the cards in the store merchandise.

"I brought these in here and this is in the pocket of my son's pants. I was angry. It was very deceptive and underhanded," said Leigh Nichols.

Nichols bought a pair of camouflage pants from the Target store in Lexington Monday. Her 13-year-old son Travis tried them on and found an Army recruiter's business card.
He didn't understand why his mother was so upset.

"I looked at it and I kinda laughed a little and my mom grabbed it out of my hand and she started freaking out or whatever," said Travis.

Nichols says her son is too young to be exposed to the military.

"Right now I want it as far away from him as possible," Leigh told WIS News 10.

While we were at Mrs. Nichols' home, we called the Army recruiter to get answers.

Sergeant Robert Jordan admitted to putting his cards in the pants.

"The reason we do it, it's just a recruiting. It's another way to get our cards out," said Jordan.
Sergeant Jordan said he was recruiting at the Lexington Target last week and put his cards in clothes all over the store.

"It's all sizes. There's really no discrimination," he said.

The Army recruiter said Tuesday is the last day of the recruiting month. He says their goal is to enlist at least two people per month.
The Army recruits ages 17 to 42, and Sergeant Jordan says he was not intentionally recruiting this 13-year-old.

"There's no deception to it. It's the way we're taught to recruit," says Jordan.

"It doesn't seem like it would be right. To me it isn't, but if this is a practice that they've done before and they'll continue, I'm glad more moms and dads will be aware," says Nichols.

Target officials tell WIS they have a "no solicitation" policy, and it is their goal to provide a comfortable, distraction-free environment.

Since our story aired Tuesday night, Target officials say they have gone through and removed all of the recruiter's business cards from the clothes.

We called Army Recruiting Command Headquarters in Kentucky.

A spokesman told us putting cards in merchandise is not a standard recruiting procedure, adding the Army expects recruiters to respect the rules on private property.

A local Army veteran doesn't agree with the method either.

"I think we should have an opportunity to approach individuals either at the school level, high school or individuals who we are recruiting from meeting them," said Charles Marshall.

But a USC student we met thinks putting a cards in the pants was creative.

"I believe it's up to the person who receives the card. It's up to them whether they take action on that or not," said Benjamin Ellison.

The Army spokesman we talked to tells WIS their won't be any disciplinary action because he's not aware of a published regulation preventing Sergeant Jordan from putting his cards in store merchandise.

Reported by Brandi Cummings

Updated by Logan Smith

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