That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

November 26, 2014

“A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire”

Filed under: Christmas,potential dead chains — Anita @ 12:26 pm

By Jon Bois:

I said that a lot of working at RadioShack felt like guard duty. One week, it was actual guard duty: a RadioShack in a stone-dead mall was scheduled to close in a week, and all its employees had already bailed, so they sent me there to manage it for a few days.

The first day, I opened the store for 12 hours, and not a single person walked in. The second day, a guy bought a watch battery, and the store revenue for the week upped to $2.99. It didn’t take me long to pull out the desk chair from the back room, have a seat in the middle of the store, rewire the display TVs, and watch MacGyver on satellite.

And it’s true that I was making pennies above minimum wage, but it’s also true that my job was to go to a building, turn on the lights, sit there, be the boss of myself, watch a shitload of MacGyver, and go home. MacGyver is an awesome show and I will never have a better week of work than that one.

On the second-to-last day there, I left the store empty for 30 seconds so I could use the bathroom, and within those 30 seconds, someone sprinted in and straight-up stole the cash drawer and the $300 inside of it. In a panic, I called the district office to let them know.

Their response, more or less, was, “eh, whatever.” Damn it, I could have just taken it myself. I could have given myself a $300 raise for watching the dang MacGyver.

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November 24, 2014

BlackBusterCritic on Blockbuster failing

Filed under: dead chains — Anita @ 11:51 pm

(watch on youtube)

He made this video about a year before they wrapped up, so maybe not that relevant anymore, but still amusing.

Sarah Jessica Parker. 300 copies of Sex in the City 2.

//edit, December 15, 2014//

I found a clip where Blackbuster yells about this one time this guy didn’t know how to use the DROPBOX at Blockbuster.  It starts around 7:27 if youtube doesn’t take you there directly.

November 19, 2014

Kids skateboard in an abandoned KMart (2009)

Filed under: dead stores,Kmart — Anita @ 10:10 pm

 

 

I had a dream like this a few months ago. The KMart in the town I grew up in closed, and at nights the abandoned store would become a skatepark. The boys who ran the place wouldn’t let me go in to take pictures.

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