Target: 'We weren't expecting that'
Wed, 16 May 2012 11:55a.m.
By Dan Satherley
Target has been on the air for 14 years, but it seems no one was prepared for last night's shocking episode – not even the producer.
A supposed carpet cleaner, caught on camera masturbating to internet pornography and "finishing" into a pair of the Target actress' underwear, is facing charges of burglary and wilfully accessing a computer.
Producer Simon Roy of Top Shelf Productions says when he saw the tapes, he was in "disbelief".
"Fourteen years of the show, we've pretty much seen it all," he told 3 News. "We really weren't expecting that."
But perhaps they should have been. Mr Roy says in 2005, his first year looking after the show, a cleaner was busted doing something remarkably similar.
"But not as frequently, and he didn't steal broadband either," says Mr Roy.
"He was done for trespass, but he basically did the same sort of thing. He went into the actress' bedroom and grabbed underwear, lay on the bed and did the same thing, then put the knickers back."
Mr Roy confirmed the underwear the man repeatedly sniffed on last night's show, and "finished" in, did indeed belong to the actress, who hasn't met him since leaving the house prior to the sting.
The show's technicians saw what the tradesman was up to in a live feed from the house, and alerted the producers immediately.
"She's had nothing to do with him," says Mr Roy. "She basically left the house like we showed last night, and that was it. She's been dealing with the police since then."
Target didn't name the company, because the man's actions were "completely out of their control".
"I don't know whether the courts will gag it or not," says Mr Roy.
"Police will be reviewing his client base for the company that was involved. The company is doing a review of where he may have been as well.
"Also, the police do have possession of our computer, so those things are yet to be forensically examined, so when they've gone through that as well we'll know what he was actually looking at."
The man's employer condemned his "uncouth" actions, and sacked him.
The man appeared in Manukau District Court today, and received name suppression.
Since the show aired last night, #Target has been the top New Zealand trending topic on Twitter.
"With all this excitement over someone tossing off in a house, you'd think more people would tune into Parliament TV," tweeted viewer @missjenferguson.
"Well he cleaned the carpet. What more do you want?" asked Vaughan Smith, host for radio station The Edge.
"Let's not be too judgemental until we see what sort of job he's done on the carpets," tweeted 3 News anchor Mike McRoberts.
"#theGC still has more wankers than the @TV3nz #target show last night," quipped @BenLarter.
Media blogger @DanNews noted that daily deal website GrabOne today has a special on carpet cleaning.
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30/09/2012 4:25:09 a.m.
The episode is really shcking...
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20/07/2012 11:44:02 a.m.
Funny guy, LOL. but gross ass.
4/07/2012 2:05:27 p.m.
when i saw this i thought it was really funny.....
19/05/2012 2:11:35 p.m.
Johnny sauce pants wrote:
Funniest thing I've seen in a long time.
The guys gone from just being a pervert to "legend status" on the pervert scale.
18/05/2012 9:07:35 p.m.
Ewwwww! I bet carpet cleaning companies out there must be seething - these kind of 'optional' business services are always affected in a recession...this can't be good for business aye!
17/05/2012 3:11:29 p.m.
LOL Shame on his name suppressed ? Name Release the name of this dirty carpet cleaner
17/05/2012 8:07:38 a.m.
watching target,that was last straw,that why i am at home when a trade person comes and do the job so i can keep a eye on him or her.that made me very sick that someone can come into your home and do that kind of behavaiour,thanks target for showing what kind of guy will go so far without get caught in the act
17/05/2012 6:28:49 a.m.
Grant Harrison wrote:
I'm with Amey on this - big up's for showing intelligence to what's really happening over the small minded, mob mentality of others - I think you need to be slightly simple not to see this - oh wait - the media plays to that mindset daily haha - get over yourselves - men are more highly sexed and do some dumbass things - I've worked as security at many brothels over the years and heard what the so called 'good family man' gets up to - this is lame - grow up naive NZ - often its a prissy uptight sexless wife that contributes to these things - all begins in the home I say haha. - enjoy your squabbles and feelings of righteousness - your media muppets
16/05/2012 5:12:52 p.m.
We need programmes like Target that keep the consumer informed and Companies who provide services on their toes.
If some people think that he's been bullied, humiliated or unfairly mistreated, well the tradesman should of controlled his behaviour and kept it behind the closed doors of his own home. Instead he took advantage of a situation and abused it thinking he would never get caught.
He clearly deserves the responses he gets for his lewd behaviour.
16/05/2012 4:49:12 p.m.
@Carole - it is bleeding-hearts like you that are the cause of so many of society's ills. Look at the facts. The guy has reaped what he has sown.
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