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Australian retail giant pulls Grand Theft Auto V after protest
Target, a popular department store chain, acted after a petition authored by former sex workers, which has so far been signed by more than 40,000 people, called it a "Sickening game". "We've been speaking to many customers over recent days about the game, and there is a significant level of concern about the game's content," he said. "We've also had customer feedback in support of us selling the game, and we respect their perspective on the issue." Cooper said Target, which has some 300 stores in Australia but is not connected to the US retail giant of the same name, would continue to sell other R-rated games, suitable for over 18s. "While these products often contain imagery that some customers find offensive, in the vast majority of cases, we believe they are appropriate products for us to sell to adult customers," he said. Kmart, which like Target is owned by diversified conglomerate Wesfarmers, said it was also pulling the game from the shelves of its stores. "Following a significant review of all content in Grand Theft Auto Games Kmart has taken the decision to remove this product immediately," spokesperson said. Grand Theft Auto has won legions of fans around the world, and as many critics, for game play in which winning depends on acts such as carjacking, gambling and killing. Play in Grand Theft Auto games has included simulated sex with prostitutes and drunken driving.

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