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Who is Alex from Target and what is he doing all over Twitter?

Someone posted a photo on Twitter Sunday of a young man who works at Target putting items into a white plastic shopping bag. By Monday afternoon, they had been tweeted more than 900,000 times. [Twitter]
Someone posted a photo on Twitter Sunday of a young man who works at Target putting items into a white plastic shopping bag. By Monday afternoon, they had been tweeted more than 900,000 times. [Twitter]
Published Nov. 3, 2014

So someone posted a photo on Twitter Sunday of a young man who works at Target putting items into a white plastic shopping bag, eloquently captioned thus:

YOOOOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/eknsxBlx38

For reasons that will astonish anyone old enough to remember how to dial a rotary phone, the photo took off on Twitter and by Monday afternoon had been tweeted more than 900,000 times.

By 2 p.m., the kid had 350,000 followers on Twitter ("So many followers," he tweeted) and Target took to Twitter after rumors swirled that the photo had prompted the company to fire the kid. (We heart Alex, too! @Target tweeted).

Now, Alex has a Bieber-esque mop of hair, but the photo is otherwise unremarkable.

But in this age of random internet memes, #alexfromtarget is today's Internet star.

It didn't take long for people to start tweeting photos of other hard-working retail employees — Frankie from Starbucks, Kieran from T-mobile, Daquan from Staples.

Even Jake from State Farm!

What do we make of this?

As @lovxatoftgomez put it:

#alexfromtarget proves that good looks and horny teenage fangirls can get you anywhere in life

One more note: Alex's Twitter page has a photo of an ocean on it. One has to wonder if he's from Florida.

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