September 15, 2004

We Don't Read Either

I found this over at Michelle Malkin's from a comment board for Border's employees:

You guys don't actually HAVE to sell the thing!

Just "carelessly" hide the boxes, "accidentally" drop them off pallets, "forget" to stock the ones you have, and then suggest a nice Al Franken or Micheal Moore book as a substitute. Borders wants those recommends, remember?

I don't care if these Neandertals (sic) in fancy suits get mad at me, they aren't regular customers anyway. Other than "Left Behind" books, they don't read. Anything you can do to make them feel unwelcome is only fair. They are the people pushing retailers to cut costs, don't forget. And they would censor your speech, your books, your music in a heartbeat, so give them a taste of it!

Don't get mad, get even!

What a bunch of !@$#$%#$! I don't read anything but "Left Behind" books? I've never read one. In fact, I think I can safely say I probably read more in a year than the average Border's Employee reads in their whole frigging life!

Are these people born stupid, or did they have to study?

Posted by Ithildin at September 15, 2004 11:05 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

I obviously hang out a Borders and Barnes & Nobles. For years I've notices a plethora of evidence of bias. For example, there's at least a dozen gay-oriented mags, but I can never find First Things. The Progressive and Mother Jones are prominently displayed, but Commentary is buried and has few copies.

I've always thought that this must be unintentional, but, really, who the hell reads those magazines. The last time I looked at Mother Jones was 20+ years ago. Certainly, in Fresno the readership for, let's say, National Review must exceed that of the Progressive.

Now, this comes to light and it confirms what has always been a deep suspicion that I've always written off.

Posted by: Peter Sean Bradley at September 15, 2004 12:14 PM

I think part of it -- for me at least -- is that I don't want to think I see bias behind every potted palm. That and I'm a pretty fair and nice sorta person and I guess I want to believe others are too. However, all the evidence seems to point to the fact there *is* bias behind every potted palm, and a lot of people will just hit the other one when you turn the other cheek.

Posted by: Ith at September 15, 2004 12:21 PM

Well, when I worked there I had to study. ;)

The magazine selection is controlled by corporate...I cracked up reading the thread over there when one of the guys complained that he was in a conservative area and they don't send books appropriate to that audience--they miss sales that way, for sure. I always said that Borders is what happens when a bunch of English majors try to run a company (hey, I was one, I can talk *g*).

In any case, there are reasons I quit my job there and ran off and joined the Navy. Though I do have to say that the Fresno store is a very mild offender compared to most...their offenses are usually inherited from the folks in Ann Arbor rather than self-generated...or at least they were when I was there, which was 4-6 years ago...

Posted by: Deb at September 15, 2004 5:44 PM

Looks like they pulled the URL - everytime I try to click through to read the post I get a web page server error.

Posted by: Roberta at September 15, 2004 8:02 PM