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18 September 2011 @ 02:32 am
Now that all if not most of the stores are closed?  
Anyone want to share where they may or may not have hid their "stash", I would be shocked if a lot of employees didnt "find" some product for themselves at the very end when it went down to a dollar.    

Mine, if i would have done it, would have been  in a very simple spot really, im assuming every store had the same bargain fixtures? If you managed to do it, you could retract the bottom parts of them that could be used as extra shelves.  I could have just put them and took them out in an opening or closing shift. 

Did anyone have or many not have  any clever spots?
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
I stashed a couple of things behind the baby safe. There were also some rather large stashes hidden in the ceiling tiles. :)
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
i foolishly moved my stuff from a box disguised as cd keepers to the fire extinguishers. it was surprisingly found in there but the keeper stack remained untouched till the last 6 hrs. I totally should have gone w/ my gut and left them in the original spot i picked
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
You know in the back room how they had those giant metal lockers where the circuit breakers were kept? Well if you happen to have a screw driver you can open them up, remove some panels, and place large quantities of product behind them before putting everything back in place.

Also the ceiling tiles right above our liquidator's desk might have also been in use since this little employee figured ground zero would be the last place they should look.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
I hid something on an upper shelf in the sort room. Since no more product was coming in no one ever went in there and saw it, even though it was clearly visible.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
We used the coffins beneath the music section. I even covered up the little windows with bits of paper. They didn't really sell with the fixtures so we could use those until the end. Our liquidator actually started checking some ceiling panels, saying he had found stashes before this way. He never checked out coffins though!
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
I know this comment will be super popular:
I know it went on, and I can accept that, but listening to you guys (ok, well, 5 of you) discuss it with pride when you got away with it, and dismay when you got caught is a little sickening. It's still stealing.

Here is my honest question for anyone who stashed things:
Didn't anyone question you when you went to buy the stuff? One commenter said he had stuff 6 hours before the store shut down. Didn't anyone question that you were buying shit at 80 or 90% off that otherwise would have sold at 40 to 50% off? I can understand saying that you 'found' one item and got lucky, but a stash would raise eyebrows.

"oh, I know we close our doors for good in 2 hours, and that the only things on the shelf are some christmas books and some 4 month old magazines, but I would like to purchase this Harry Potter Blu Ray box set, this $75 computer book, and the Beatles Mono box set."

Or was it just a wink and a nod between you and the cashier?
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Most things are not as obviously popular as the Beatles and Harry Potter.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
At my store, practically everyone was doing it. Some of the managers didnt do it as well, but they honestly couldnt have cared less. And some things we bought were actually the pretty big items; book sets, kobos, rossetta stones, music and tv box sets....
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Right on!
It is stealing.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Agreed, it is stealing, and it is justified in this situation.

I spent years working as a low level worker in the Borders corporation. Yet these years of service meant nothing in the end, and I watched as the Borders CEOs departed with golden parachutes, and my coworkers and I were thrown away like garbage. My only regret is that I didn't STEAL MORE all those years when I had the chance. If I had known how they really thought of us, believe me - I would have.
(Anonymous) on September 24th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
Um, stealin's bad, mmmkay?
(Anonymous) on September 24th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
it's not immoral this time
it's not immoral in this case. the liquidators were all money-grubbing assholes and made plenty of money off us hourly fucks as it was, so it's a just reward for being taken advantage of, not to mention a final "fuck you!" to this depraved, greedy, manipulative company. I made $9 an hour, i have a family to feed, so i figured i'd save money for groceries and just steal a few things they'll enjoy for years to come (rosetta stone, sesame street dvds, a few shel silverstein books, etc...).
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
Besides being some passive aggressive form of revenge on company that never exhibited consistency in it's policies, consider this justifiable severance for longtime employees who went three or more years without raises.
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
First off I am not King Troll.

Second it is idotic and ridiculous admissions such as this that give him fuel for his fire.

"consider this justifiable severance for longtime employees who went three or more years without raises."

"I spent years working as a low level worker in the Borders corporation"

Were guns held to your heads? Were loved ones kidnapped and threatened with great bodily harm or even death if you even thought for a micro second of leaving? Yeah, the execs were absolute morons but in the end who is the bigger moron. The no nothing exec driving it into the ground but has no clue or the person hanging around forever and not taking control of their life and their situation?

The kind of negativity and lack of intergrity you left with will follow you. What are you going to do when the next job is just as bad and you are the common denominator. At some point you are going to have to accept you are to blame for your place in life. Until you do that you will continue to find unhappiness and a lack of fulfillment.
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
What of Wall Street and Washington corruption that steals from millions of people? I suppose that is justifiable since they have taken control of the universe thanks to lobbyists and it is the fault of all these "have not" individuals who have fallen behind by not becoming millionaires as the wealth gap increases. Oh well, just end the argument before it is some lame flame war about degrees of corruption because like politics let be all black and white so that someone who accidentally takes office pens home sometimes deserve to be fired.
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
ooo wow, justice with his shining sword!
Firstly, it's only stealing if you get caught. Secondly, it really isn't stealing at all, since Borders ceased to be a going concern when chapter 7 was announced. Who gave a shit about shrink numbers or profitability at that point. Audits didn't even happen after that, so who gives a flying fuck? Anything goes in a liquidating store...
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
So you're saying everyone who works a low paying job is a loser who is "to blame for their place in life"?

I'm sorry, I worked at Borders throughout my college years. I went to school to be a teacher, but when I graduated in 2007 I found I couldn't find a teaching job. Do you have any idea what the unemployment rate is among teachers? I suppose you think I am to blame for that too,

I stayed on with Borders because yes, myself and my loves ones would have faced harm had I quit in the form of starvation and eviction.

I also stayed working there so long out of a sense of loyalty. Ever heard of that? Too bad the CEOs did not feel the same loyalty to us. From day one we were fed the story of how we were all a "team", and I truly believed that and I didn't want to let anyone down. For the 8 years I worked there I never stole one item and I tried as hard as I could to sell the rewards cards. I really did think we were all a team, it is only now that I see how selfish the CEOs are being that I realize that was a lie. Someone on a team doesn't accept million dollar bonuses as the rest of the team loses their jobs. For anyone working a retail job, the CEOs don't care about you, they are using you! STEAL AS MUCH AS YOU CAN FROM THESE RICH SELFISH BASTARDS!"
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Are you serious? I got away with so much more, and my managers turned a blind eye...in fact they were in on it. In addition to stashing about $1000 worth of stuff, on break I was dared to urinate in my liquidator's coffee when he attended to a customer issue out on the floor...and damn straight I did! Douchebag deserved it.
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: WTF?
Your liquidator actually dealt with some customer issues? I don't think ours even spoke to any customers.
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
It was a wink and nod. ;)
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
who the fuck do you think you are?
oh wait, you must be Scott Henry, Roz, or Frering...or maybe you're the big man himself.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
I stashed a lot of stuff in my purse, this way I was able to get the full 100% off discount.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Everyone (managers on down) just boxed stuff up and went out the trash door. Then we erased and sold the camera system as part of the liquidation before anyone looked at the recordings.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
We were warned not to do that for risk of being fired.
Who would want to bother anyway. Taking out shelves is kind of risky considering the store has cameras.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
The threat of being fired doesn't seem to have as much weight when everyone is about to lose their jobs anyway.

As for cameras, they did not cover the entire store and there were numerous blind spots.
(Anonymous) on September 21st, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
They took the cameras and security gates out of my store a week before we closed. Brilliant.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
I'm Walkin' out the front door
I walked out the front door with my bonus check and the I-Pad the company bought me.

Thanks guys. It's been real.

KanojoNoCarrera on September 19th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
I threw everything onto the damaged cart. And bought them before they decided to throw out the lot.
bookboss83 on September 19th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
Our "stashes" were in the hold area right behind the counter. The hold cabinets had doors on them, so the hold piles were out of sight. Our liquidator didn't bother to look until we were getting ready to go 80-90 and he wasn't even looking for stashes when he found them, just looking to see how much more we had to clean up. The only thing he said about it was "this doesn't happen, everyone has til friday to buy it, then they go back on the floor"
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(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
I don't know about roasting me, but you can definitely EAT ME. :) Do you really have nothing better to do than sit around and wait for me to post? To each their own, have fun waiting. Enjoy your life, Troll.
(Anonymous) on September 20th, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
Hid mine in plain sight- right behind the cashier counter. We had a few cubbies there with no doors. Most of the stuff I was buying looked like it just needed to be reshelved but the lot of us were all on each other's sides and knew we were hoarding stuff. A lot of my colleagues hid theirs in the CD/DVD shelf drawers. We also had a separate closet for our Paperchase section that didn't have a camera, so there was a lot of stuff in there. The liquidator didn't know the code to that closet so he never bothered to go in there and check. Even if he had, we had a pretty nice liquidator that in the end was really appreciative of us sticking around.

And to those saying it's stealing: I spent my fair share of money at Borders, and when the product went up to 80-90% off, I was still buying. I can't say I was completely faithful the whole time I worked at Borders, but the majority of the time I was.
(Anonymous) on September 20th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Nothing worth buying (or stealing)
By the time they announced the closing of our store, there wasn't a damn thing there worth buying ---- which is probably one of the biggest reasons our sales dropped off so much in recent years.

The selection in the store sucked!
(Anonymous) on September 20th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
You idiots actually bought things during the liquidation? Five finger discount, baby! We took thousands of dollars of stuff from our store. Who cares? LP was already all fired, same with James Nathan and the DM's. There was NO ONE watching.
(Anonymous) on September 23rd, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
you say LP was fired. Does that mean Doug Best is out of a job? that fucking fear-instilling, fake 'man of the people' cocksucker. special place in hell for him.
(Anonymous) on September 21st, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
All of you deserve to be unemployed. A thief is thief is a thief. A bunch of losers!
(Anonymous) on September 23rd, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
it's only thievery if you get caught, self-righteous scumbag. anything goes.
(Anonymous) on September 23rd, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Hidey Hole
When it comes to getting books, there are no such thing as morals.
(Anonymous) on September 23rd, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Ceiling tiles in the cafe, mates! Got all my stuff 80% off. Also snagged a computer on the last day for $5 which I have since turned into a bitchin' media center!
(Anonymous) on September 23rd, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
it was ridiculous!
My liquidator sold the CCTV system two days before we closed, and so it was essentially a free-for-all situation. The liquidator didn't care; he was making 90 cents on the dollar for all merch and fixtures, and spent all his time in the office, kicking back in his chair, eating doughnuts.

On the final day he told me, point blank, "All that crap your staff squirreled away, tell them to save their pennies and just steal it. I don't care. I'm not Borders corporate and I'm not loss prevention. We're so far ahead of our sales plan it's ridiculous, so steal away."

And we did. Everyone from IPT to keyholders took intermittent downtime from customers and just walked out the door with stuff from the shelves and loaded their cars. Now we're getting rich on Ebay!
(Anonymous) on September 24th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)


(Anonymous) on January 5th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Ceiling tiles!