That happened to me too. I called ahead asking for the 2004 Easter Ponies, was told that they were in stock, drove 30 minutes to get to the closest Target, and there were none. I asked an associate and was promptly told, "We didn't get those in yet." I flipped out more than I probably should have and called them all a bunch of retards and told them to get their **** straight when a customer calls ahead. They never did get those Ponies in. I ended up buying them on eBay.
Another time, I called ahead, asking if the exclusive plushies (the first set, I think) were in stock. Before I could even finish asking, the guy snapped at me, "We're not allowed to hold collectible items for customers, even if you do live far away." I was totally fucked off. That wasn't even what I wanted. I just wanted to know if they were in stock so that I didn't have to waste the gas if they weren't. I never mentioned holding any merchandise for me.
Since then, I only go to Target when I have to go to other places in the area. I can't wait until Uniontown's Target opens. It'll be so much closer.