WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – Actor John Barrowman took issue with retail giant Target Thursday after alleging that its employees tried to stop him from financially assisting a homeless man at a West Hollywood store.

In a video posted to Twitter Thursday evening, the 51-year-old Barrowman said he purchased a $40 gift certificate, jacket and shirt for a homeless man at the Target store located at 7100 Santa Monica Blvd.

Following the purchase, Barrowman claims, he was “lectured by the Target staff that I was not allowed to do that.”

Barrowman called Target’s so-called policy “stupid.”

“How dare you tell me, as a customer, who I am allowed to buy for and what I am allowed to buy,” an irate Barrowman said.

The actor added that the customers behind him in line thought the incident was “ridiculous also.”

“That gentleman needed help, a little bit of help to get him up, to make his day a little better, and Target you were trying to deny that. So I’m a little pissed off with you right now.”

Barrowman did not elaborate on the exact details of the incident, only saying that Target

Target issued an apology Thursday night to Barrowman on Twitter. It read:

“We’re very sorry for the experience you had at the LA Target store. We absolutely do not have a policy against this type of purchase, and are addressing it immediately with the team members involved. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.”

An experienced stage and screen actor, Barrowman is known for his work on several television series, including “Arrow,” “Torchwood,” “Dr. Who” and “The Flash.”

Comments (19)
  1. An experienced stage and screen actor, Barrowman is best known for the television series “Arrow,” as well as “The Flash” and “Scandal.”…..


  2. Barrowman is best known as Captain Jack Harkness on Torchwood, O Great and Infallible Major News Network.

  3. We loved him in the rest but he will always be Cpt Jack Harkness ;}

  4. Lester Tyley says:

    We all love Captain Jack… but I thought he was pretty fantastic in “DeLovely” as well….

  5. And for playing a “Crack Commando” at conventions…Emphasis on “Crack” (DON’T LOOK, ETHEL! Too late, she’d already been mooned!)

  6. Robert White says:

    much better as captain Jack than that evil bugger on Arrow

  7. Mary Bragg says:

    And singing Springtime For Hitler in The Producers movie.

  8. I loved him in the first series of the BBC-TV show “Live and Kicking”

  9. A brilliant actor who has compassion for his fellow man. And is not afraid to show it. Well Done John. x

  10. We all need to show some compassion to everyone! Well done, John!

  11. Freda Kirby says:

    Well done John x. Glad you got a good result

  12. Wow… let’s put this in context. A homeless man known to WeHo area residents as mentally unstable, an addict, and a harasser of women has taken up ‘residence’ in a spot where he’ll never have to confront his substance abuse, mental unwellness because ‘good samaritans’ like this think they’re doing him a favor by buying stuff he resells to other homeless folks. Why are you encouraging his presence in this area?

    1. Kelli Daneen says:

      Well if he’s mentally unstable, he probably doesn’t understand he needs help. A majority of the time drugs are used by the mentally unstable for self medication. You really have no right to judge.

  13. @Christine McGuire what John does with his money is his business. Not all homeless are mentally ill drug addicts. They are people and at one point where someones child brother father son daughter. They are people and one day you too could end up homeless we all can. #Compassion for those in need.