Sign at closing Borders: “Need a restroom? Use Amazon’s.”

Sign at closing Borders: “Need a restroom? Use Amazon’s.”

I thought that was a really clever line, and it was reported in this

OC Weekly article

by R. Scott Moxley.

This is part of the second round of Borders closings that I’ve written about recently.

The article is well-written, and I recommend you take a look at it.

However, I do disagree with the headline:

“Amazon.com Buries Another OC Bookstore”

It isn’t Amazon that is closing that bookstore…it’s Borders’ failure to adapt to a changing world.  That’s not saying that they should have been able to adapt.  It’s nice that the article notes that it isn’t just EBRs (E-Book Readers), but Amazon’s prices and convenience.  Of course, it would be a bit hard for Borders to blame EBRs…they sell several makes.  🙂 

The sentiment of the sign, that Amazon can’t give you something physical, is true.  However, I hope they aren’t really keeping people out of the bathroom!  I have to assume they are…when I was last in my closing Borders, the coffee shop part was already closed…and they were selling off bags of coffee and flavored syrups.  The fixtures are going also.

I would say “the end is in sight”…but that might not be a good choice of words, given the bathroom situation.  😉

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

7 Responses to “Sign at closing Borders: “Need a restroom? Use Amazon’s.””

  1. becca Says:

    My understanding is that they only need to have bathrooms open to the public if there is an active cafe or restaurant on site, otherwise they can close the restroom to the public.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, becca!

      My understanding on that has always been “hot food to eat there”…but that could be local. However, it would be nice to have the bathroom available. 🙂 They might be unable to buy supplies for it, though, so it might be effectively non-operational.

  2. Laura Says:

    The Borders which is closing in our area (Santa Cruz, CA) has been notorious for not letting anyone use the restroom unless they were buying something from the cafe.

    OTOH, the independent book store 2 blocks away is still going strong – and they DO let people use the restroom. (Needless to say, the Border’s employees didn’t try that restaurant sign trick here.)

  3. Rachel Says:

    I work at a liquidating Borders in Chicago, just 3 miles from the store that displayed that sign. I will tell you this much: The bathrooms absolutely are closed, and for good reason. We haven’t had a cleaning staff in about 6 months; they finally hired one person to come 3 times a week in December. He has since been laid off, and the bathrooms have not been cleaned in over 2 months. We also cannot order toilet paper, paper towels, soap, etc. This is why the bathrooms are closed, not because of any mean-spiritedness on our part.

    Other stores that share our parking lot still provide food and beverages, seating areas, and restrooms. We are liquidating; sad as it might be, our store can no longer allow people to take care of every bodily function on the premises.

    I’ve had people get angry with me, try to bribe me to let them use the bathrooms, or just walk past the cordons blocking access like they don’t exist. I’m tired and stressed enough as it is without having to be the bathroom police.

    So, I understand why another location put that sign in the window. A bit harsh, maybe, but considering the circumstances…

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Rachel!

      I’m really sorry to hear about your situation! I’m a former bookstore manager, and they can become…not a home, but almost a separate universe.

      I was guessing it was something like that…just hoping it wasn’t. From what you say, it sounds like the bathroom was being cleaned less often even when the store was open…you don’t need to answer that. 🙂

      I hope you are able to keep working with words in some way, if that’s you want.

      I’m sorry if my post was too flippant…it might have been. I was responding to the humor in the sign, which I did think was clever.

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