I spent a good couple of hours in El Paso today, my mom and I decided to go up to Mervyns to take advantage of their going out of business sale. What? Mervyns is going out of business? Yeah, I was shocked to realize it myself. But according to the Wikipedia, Mervyns announced, back in July ’08, that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In October the company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and began liquidating its entire inventory in an attempt to repay creditors. At work the other night some women were complementing this one woman on her blouse and she mentioned that she got it at Mervyns for only $9-something and it was normally priced at $40. That was the first I heard about Mervyns going out of business. So we went in today, and everything was at least 60% off. I got a new pair of dress boots, a nice pair of slacks, two 500-count Egyptian cotton sheet sets, a comforter, two office blouses, and some extra pillow cases to go with the sheets for only $100.
Pretty decent savings, right? Scarily enough, we also saw that Linens & Things is also going out of business as well. After seeing these big stores and chains shutting their doors, I have to wonder if there are any small business opportunities left in this country right now. To say our economy has gone to shit is the understatement of the century.
I went in to Barnes & Noble today to pick up two copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling to review and give away on my book blog and received some rather sorry service. At the register I was asked if I would like to donate one of the books I was purchasing to this charity for illiterate children. I politely declined since I had something very specific in mind for these two books, and suddenly the service went down hill. Receipt and pen thrown at me to sign with, then my books and customer receipt were thrust at me – with no bag – and I was given a curt “have a good night”.
Honestly, what the hell is it with stores and people in general for getting their panties in a twist just because you don’t donate to a charity? Clearly I’m buying these books for a reason, asking me to donate one as I’m checking out is just poor timing. And so what if I can’t or don’t want to donate? Just because it’s the season to give doesn’t mean one has to give for every cause that pops up. We all have the charities we donate to, and we donate what we can when we can.Tagged: barnes and noble, beadle the bard, books, charities, donating, mervyns, poor-service, the-symposium