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18 February 2011 @ 11:50 am
Bounced paychecks  
Anyone have a problem with their last check? I've already had to call payroll for one employee today. I wonder how many more times I will call today. It also makes me wonder about our next check...
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
If we don't get our next check, I assume all of the Liquidated store staff will burn their respective establishments down. This is just absurd. I'm on direct deposit. Maybe this person waited to deposit their check until this week and it didn't clear? F**K Borders!
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
You know what, we're working for the liquidators now and they have no loyalty to us. This is getting scary.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yes. It is happening
A part time employee from our store (which closed in Jan. 2011) had his last paycheck bounce.

I received a final check on 2-10 and cashed it right away. So far (knock on wood) no notice of a bounced check.

But the employee who waited with the check was stuck
with a bounced check.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Plenty of info in thread below this one
There is a lot of info towards the end of the thread below this one. It appears that when Borders filed their accounts were frozen.

Payroll is working with people whose checks bounced.

Here is the number to call.


(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
no issues with my paycheck from LAST Friday
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Gotta wait and see what will happen NEXT Friday though
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Bouncing Bullsh*t
My check's been returned as well. I am now overdrawn. This is entirely unacceptable.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Bouncing Bullsh*t
I am so glad they closed my walden store down last year. I now work at the public library. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
In response...
It depends on when you deposited your check and when it processed. It is my understanding that if you have direct deposit, you would've been fine. If you deposited a physical paycheck on Monday, your check probably bounced because the accounts somehow became frozen upon their bankruptcy filing that day. Stores are seeking approval for cash payouts for the affected employees and corporate is offering to reimburse any additional fees that may have posted to your account as a result of the bounced check - how long it will take is unknown. Check with your store manager or payroll and you should get the right answers.
(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Re: In response...
My coworker deposited her check before Monday (they didn't file Monday btw) and her check still hasn't gone through. Likewise, mine and another coworker's checks went through fine before Monday. Really odd.
Re: In response... - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: In response... - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
From the thread below
Update: Procedure for Requesting a Reissued Check or Cash Advance
As announced yesterday, the Payroll Department is moving quickly to assist associates who have experienced problems depositing or cashing their most recent paycheck.

If a financial institution has chosen not to honor an associate’s most recent paycheck, he or she has two options:

1. Payroll will reissue the check and send it via FedEx to arrive at the associate’s store or home (their choice) tomorrow, Saturday, February 19. (Please note that the deadline for requesting Saturday delivery is 2 p.m. (Eastern) today. Reissue requests received after that time will arrive at the associate’s store or home on Tuesday, February 22.)
2. Payroll will authorize the associate’s manager to issue a cash advance.

In either instance, the associate’s manager should contact the Payroll Department at (800) 331-9036. To allow Payroll to begin processing the request immediately, please leave a message with the following information:

• The associate’s name
• Contact information
• Store number and employee ID number
• Which option the associate would prefer: a reissued check via FedEx or cash advance (if reissued check, please specify where the check should be sent)

For reissued check requests, please note that Payroll will not call back unless they have a question. For cash advance requests, Payroll will return the manager’s call with an authorization number and instructions for issuing the advance.

Again, Borders sincerely apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused and will reimburse any banking fees incurred as a result. Please fax a bank statement or other proof of the fees to (734) 477-4022 to request reimbursement in the associate’s next paycheck. Be sure to the associate’s name and employee ID number are clearly indicated on the fax.

Thank you for your continued understanding as we work quickly to resolve this problem!
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Bounced checks
If the bounced paycheck caused you to bounce checks I would STRONGLY recommend you print out from Bookmark the above information and take it to your bank and show them this was not your fault.

Every bank can look at your account and one of the things that comes up under your account is an indicator that shows how many "returned itmes" you've deposited and how many times, if any, checks you've written weren't honored due to insufficient funds in your account.

It is simply smart management of your personal affairs to let your bank know that this wasn't your fault.
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Re: From the thread below - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Re: From the thread below - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
More AA Bullsh-t! - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: From the thread below - (Anonymous) on February 20th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: From the thread below - (Anonymous) on February 20th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
My paycheck bounced. They told me I could request a re-issued check( who is to say the next one won't bounce).

I was also told this process could take weeks to get a re-issued check. I need that money NOW!
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
My check bounced on February 10. it is now 8 days later and I am STILL waiting for a replacement check.

That statement about FedEx overnight is BS and they're trying to stall.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: crap
bad thing is, I thought when mine bounced on Feb. 10 (actually the bounced check did not show up online until Monday the 14th), that it was probably some stupid corporate mistake. Now I know differently.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
I just checked my account and mine is overdrawn too because of a bounced check. I have been out of town and didn't even get to look at my online statement until today.

My electric payment bounced as a result. F*&^.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Re: unbelievable
I would like to know if Borders corporate plans to reimburse us for returned check fees issued by companies as well as by banks. For example, my electric company has issued an NSF fee also.

It's not just the banks that parcel out NSF fees. help.
Re: unbelievable - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: unbelievable - robalou01 on February 18th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: unbelievable - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Concerned employee
What about next week's check? Am I going to have to worry about this every week until we go out of business?
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Concerned employee
It's every man for himself. Borders has not told us the truth about how bad their financial situation is, and they owe us no loyalty.

I have worked here 12 years and this is not the Borders I knew.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
what next
Looks like predictions that AA would screw
up the bankruptcy were dead on.

I wonder what else is
going to happen?
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: what next
just hope the insurance lasts through the end of the month. After that we're on our own.
Re: what next - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: what makes you think - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
are all the cafes now closed?
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: cafes
Not sure. Are any cafes still open??
Really? Cafes Closed? - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: cafes - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: cafes - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: cafes - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Call the Department of Labor in mass
I was lucky enough to have direct deposit and my acct was credited on the 10th, but I would advise everyone whose check bounced to call the Department of Labor if you do not receive checks via Fed-Ex tomorrow.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
when is this liquidation actually starting?
Employees at our store have been given no specific day and we are frustrated............
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: when is this liquidation actually starting?
If you read the Chapter 11 filing, it is intended to begin tomorrow. I am a little surprised that corporate is not doing more to prepare the store affected. You would have thought that a sign package of some sort would have landed by today with some instructions on deploying it Saturday morning. Have any of the closing stores had visits from Hilco representatives?
Re: when is this liquidation actually starting? - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: when is this liquidation actually starting? - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: when is this liquidation actually starting? - luna_corrona on February 19th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: when is this liquidation actually starting? - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: when is this liquidation actually starting? - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: when is this liquidation actually starting? - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: when is this liquidation actually starting? - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
I am a loyal Borders customer, and would like to know when the liquidation is starting too.
The employee at the store I called seemed very confused and as if she genuinely had no idea.

On the employee side, I'm sorry for everyone who is losing their jobs. I liked all of the Borders employees I have ever interacted with and appreciate all you do. I was laid off myself from a different organization (not retail) and I can understand how frustrating this is. I'm sorry. Thanks for all you did for us, the customers.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Liquidation?
They refuse to tell anyone anything. I went to check my schedule just an hour ago, and no one knew anything. On my way home my manger texted me to come in early and set up for the sale. I actually can't wait for the liquidators to be in charge... Hopefully they will be the ones issuing me my checks or check from the way this is going.
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Liquidation? - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yes I dealt with a few employees today who's checks have bounced!!!!it seems to be the ones who do not have direct deposit!!!
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Paychecks
I have direct deposit, and my deposit did NOT go through. I was assured that it will in the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, I need that money now.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
No guarantees
There are no guarantees that any of us will work one more day after today. Even if you're on the schedule, that means zero to the liquidators. My friend worked for another company that was liquidated and the liquidators had many of the employees work a few days, then told them not to come in any more. And they were working their tails off.

I expect they will try to get as much as possible done with as few staff as possible.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Re: No guarantees
True. One of my friends used to work for Circuit City and when their store went out of business, the liquidator manager came in and he was friendly and considerate. You knew that wouldn't last! He just turned into a foul mouthed crazy person, and was firing people one by one until he had a skeleton crew to do all the work. He lied to the employees and belittled them. Finally in the end, he ended up being investigated for theft, but not before he made a lot of people miserable. Everybody left just worked like a dog. At the end, when the final sale was rung up, everybody was sad but they were relieved to see it was all over.

Every experience is not the same. She said this guy was a real creep---maybe the company that won Borders' bid will be professional, upstanding, and their managers are competent and considerate. I hope they are. Heaven knows we've been through enough as it is.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
wow. this situation is getting really ugly. i never thought people's paychecks would bounce! am i just naive or is this normal in a liquidation situation?
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
best post
This is the best post I have seen on here and I am reposting it because people really don't seem to get it. Some people seem to think their store really is going to be open until April. That's just not going to happen, I'm sorry.

original post below - not mine, but I though it was well said

Re: Employment and Insurance-Reality Check-2 WEEKS
2011-02-18 10:26 pm UTC (link)
That's right. There is NO way a landlord is going to allow you guys to remain in their building until April for free. Period. The reason you guys got 2 weeks is because anytime after that, you will find chains on the doors. People get thrown out of their apartment after 3 months of not paying rent. Ouch
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: best post
People actually think their stores will be open until April?
Where did they get that? Did your GM or SM tell you that?

Two more weeks. Maybe less.
Re: best post - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: best post - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: best post - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: best post - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
Additional closings
Any Borders store, even those not on the "list", can close at any time and probably will. Please don't think you're safe because your store wasn't on the "list." All bets are off during bankruptcy and the company can and will cover its own behind only, not yours.

My store is not on the list, and I'm looking for another job damn fast.
(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Funny rant about the cafe crawlers: http://www.briankeene.com/?p=5658
(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
That was amazing!
Brilliant. The sense of entitlement never ceases to amaze me. How dare a business actually exist to make a profit, right?! Wow.
Cafe crawlers... - (Anonymous) on February 20th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
You know, this company is handling the bankruptcy just like it handled everything proceeding it. What a dumb ass bunch of people.

I have worked for Borders when it was a "proud" place to work. Now, however, I don't give a shit. They have embarrassed me.

(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Bounced Check
Today I found out my last paycheck bounced. I hope they will make good on it. This is not a good sign! What in the world happened to this company? I say get out while you can.
(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
what a joke
No one is going to be there until the end of April.
Landlords don't let tenants who are months behind in rent stay for several more months.

2-3 weeks max. Doors will then be padlocked.
(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: what a joke
I know, they are truly going to keep us in the dark about what is really going on, and tell us whatever crap story they want to make us believe we'll be employed longer.
Re: what a joke - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: what a joke - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: what a joke - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: what a joke - (Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)