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02 August 2011 @ 11:28 pm
Borders Class of 2011 and before  
It has been mentioned in a post/comment before, but I just wanted to remind you all that there is a facebook page out there with almost 6,700 current and former Borders Group employees. Personally I think it's fun to read about all the different stores and see how people in other departments function. There are people there from corporate on down. Great place to reminisce!! Fun times :)
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2011 05:23 am (UTC)
It's time to close the door and turn off the lights.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
A page for your store
People at my store were really close to each other and wanted to stay in touch, so we set up a Facebook page for our store. That way, we can share news, plan get-togethers, etc., for those who want to participate. I know some other stores have done the same thing. We do plan on going ahead with our lives, but would like to stay connected to people who became more than just co-workers.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
Re: A page for your store
We did the same at our store.
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
I'm a customer, and I've become addicted to this Facebook page even though I haven't joined (I'd feel weird since I'm not an employee!). Actualy, it's quite surprising how honest many of the posts are, and after reading some of them, I will now avoid public restrooms for the rest of my life! I like the stories about whacky customers, how booksellers have handled difficult people, booksellers fielding stupid questions over and over, etc. There is a real sense of family; I'm even more sad now that Borders is shutting its doors forever!
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say thank you bookboss
you are a class act :-)
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Add Borders books photos:


(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
I've enjoyed the Facebook group as well. I wish I'd worked with people as fun as the folks on that group.

Off topic: the home page for borders.com is down now.
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Never mind, it's back now. Carry on.
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Delete both
I don't expect to see this posted -- or to remain posted, if it makes it there initially -- but I do think that, in fairness, since you've deleted posts that were critical of you, you should also delete the ones that praise you.
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Delete both
FTR, she also deleted posts from those who stood up for her.

So, what's your point?

If you want a thread in which you too can delete posts, try getting a livejournal account and starting a thread yourself.

And no, I don't know bookboss, but based on what I have seen here, I would work for her any day.
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Delete both
Me too.
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Delete both
Not me. No way. Too much of an ego.
bookboss83 on August 6th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Delete both
Ego? Because I won't let people attack each other on my threads? To each their own. If you don't like me or my posts, feel free to skip them. :)
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Delete both
No, the ego part wasn't about this thread; it was about many of your other comments and postings.

You've always presented yourself as the supreme know-it-all, I-have-all-the-solutions, in-my-store-we-always-did-it-this-way-and-it-always-worked manager. In my book, that's ego.

I'd never want to work for a manager who lorded it over everyone and wasn't open to any input that contradicted their assumptions, and you've always come across as that kind of manager. I've never picked up on any empathy from you.

I was fortunate enough to work for experienced managers who knew a lot but who also knew they didn't know everything and were willing to listen to their employees. If you've been that kind of manager, it surely has never come through in anything you've posted. That's why I would never want to work for you or for any manager who operated in your style.
bookboss83 on August 7th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Delete both
Hmm. Interesting thoughts. I didn't think I came across like that but I can see how someone might. One thing to keep in mind is that I'm from the BSR side which is a completely different animal than most of the folks here. __
bookboss83 on August 7th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Delete both
And for what it's worth, I'm perfectly willing to try other people's ideas and suggestions. More often than not, my employees have free reign to do things their way. Generally I watch them do something, ask them "have you ever tried it this way" then let them do what they want. The motto of our store is "work smart, not hard" This is especially true after all the hours we lost there at the end.
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Troll food
Pretty sure a voluntary livejournal group isn't a democracy....

(keep up the good work bookboss, and everyone else!)
bookboss83 on August 5th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: Delete both
The posts weren't deleted because they were critical of me. They were deleted because they were a personal, unprovoked attack by a troll that seems to have a hard on for me :) If you don't agree with me, that's fine. But there is no reason for name calling and flat out being rude.
(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
Re: Delete both
I must say i agree! Thank you for being honest and real this whole time. I second (or is it third?) the "would work for you" comment. Not everyone has a supportive, communicative GM. And hearing your opinions and views helps greatly.
(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Delete both
Read on, and keep the Delete key handy. What in the hell is wrong with some people? I guess there will always be a need to be anonymously nasty. Hit and run. Just what we need, another cowardly troll. Open an account and man up, but you don't have the rocks. Or, maybe you do, but they're the size of olives. Soon you will get tired of having your kind of stupidity erased. Keep deleting 'em, Bookboss. it's just nasty attacks on a terrific boss who doesn't deserve that crap. :-O
(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Close The Page When The Store Closes
I know alot of people are feeling nostalgic about the Borders the once was in their naivete. Trust me, as someone who had a hard time letting go emotionally when I was let go unceremoniously after working there for 5 years. I didn't get any emotional closure until the store was closed in the first round of bankruptcy. Only then, I was able to put all the feelings behind me.

Before anyone tries to bust me on the statement about putting Borders behind me on a Border Employees Group forum: I've been checking this site, because I still know some people working at Borders. I'm hoping to find news that they won't get screwed too hard by the liquidation process.

Anyways, consider closing the page after a brief mourning period when the doors have closed for good. The best thing to do is to move on. There is no value trying to mine positive memories from a company that was openly hostile to it's workers.
(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Close The Page When The Store Closes
I understand your point, but... I spent 16 years with this company, and everything I know about working I learned in my little store. I draw on the positive memories as I move on in my professional adult life.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
There's a lot of ass kissing still going on on the FB page. It's making me sick.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
I think it's mostly people who liked each other, or liked the people they worked for, saying so. No one gains anything by ass-kissing now. The site is about focusing on the positive. The livejournal has been a great place for people to come and bitch, and that was really needed the last few years. The fb page is just something different for those of us who have good memories to share.