The slow-mo implosion of Borders has created an enormous amount of commentary, but perhaps none as visceral as the poster spotted in a Borders in Santa Rosa, California.
Things We Never Told You. Ode To A Bookstore Death
- We hate it when a book becomes popular simply because it was turned into a movie.
- It confused us when we were asked where the non-fiction section is.
- Nicholas Sparks is not a good writer. If you like him, fine, but facts are facts.
- We greatly dislike the phrase "QUICK QUESTION". It's never true. And everyone seems to have one.
- Your summer reading list was our summer reading NIGHTMARE. Also, it's called summer reading, not "three days before school starts" reading.
- It's true that we lean to the left and think Glenn Beck is an idiot.
- We always knew when you were intently reading Better Homes and Gardens, it was really a hidden Playboy.
- Most of the time when you returned books you read them already - and we were onto you.
- Limit one coupon did not mean one for every member of your family - this angered us. Also, we did know what coupons were out.
- It NEVER bothered us when you threatened to shop at Barnes & Noble. We'd rather you do if you're putting up a stink.
- "I was just there last week and saw this book there" meant nothing to us. The store changed once a week.
- When you walked in and immediately said "I'm looking for a book" what you really meant to say is "I would like YOU to find me a book". You NEVER looked. It's fine, that's our job - but let's be correct about what's really happening here.
- If you don't know the author, title, or genre, but you DO know the color of the cover, we don't either. How it was our fault we couldn't find it we'll never understand.
- We were never a daycare. Letting your children run free and destroy our kids section destroyed a piece of our souls.
- Oprah was not the "final say" on what was awesome. We really didn't care what was on her show or what her latest book club book was. Really.
- When you returned your SAT books we knew you used them. We thought it wasn't fair - seeing that we are not a library.
The poster (shown in its original below) has drawn considerable ire from some, while getting sympathetic nods from others. I suspect that most of us will recognize it for what it is, the venting of a frustrated group of retailers who've worked their socks off to provide good service and who most likely appreciate the vast majority of their former customers as individuals but, after years of staying silent and doing the best job they can, just can't resist the chance to vent just once.
Will you miss Borders? See the results of the now closed poll.