I have always hated KB Toys, and I have honestly only been the store three times in my life. I’ve searched the packed shelves of junk toys for a glimmer of something that I could give my children that was not made of plastic, commercialized, oversexualized, gender specified, or Chinese made. Thus, I was not saddend to hear this junk toy store was going out of business.
For the second time in four years, KB Toys filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and closed doors for good after the winter holidays. NorthJersey.com describes the company’s financial downfall:
KB blamed the difficult economy for the filing, but toy industry experts said wrong decisions by the retailer hastened its demise. It had shifted its focus to mall-based stores, saddling itself with high rents just as shopping-center traffic was dropping; it stopped selling video-game consoles; and it moved its merchandise mix away from hot toys and toward closeouts.
I feel compassion for the 10,850 employees that lost their jobs as a result of KB Toys going out of business, but did the company need to leave trash all over the streets when closing their Brooklyn store? A Consumerist reader describes the toy litter:
They really don’t care about the people around them once they’re going out of business. Picture speaks a thousand words, so I have little left to say. 86th St and 4th Ave, Brooklyn NY
There really is no justifiable reason to leave such garbage on the streets after a store’s closing. It also further demonstrates what junk toys the store sold if they do not care enough to dispose of them properly when liquidating. Why weren’t the unsold toys donated to homeless shelters, orphanages, or hospitals? It is such a waste and disgusting to see rubbish all over the streets like this, although it doesn’t look that much different than the inside of KB Toy store.
frankie bob says
Could the mess outside this store be refuse that fell out of a garbage container, or just as likely products that customers tried to return then threw away on the sidewalk outside of the store when their returns were refused
Creative Play Muse says
Tragic and disgusting.
Ryan Rider says
Fuck you…KB was awesome.
P. Jones says
yeah what ryan rider said
Fuck you…KB was awesome.
ever think that garbage was filled in those giant plastic bags (shown in the picture empty, but then people on the streets ripped them open to see if they can score free toys.
and hell, even if they just threw their garbage on the streets, take it up with gordon brothers since they oversaw the liquidation, and these employees were losing their jobs, id like to see what you would of done if that was you.
maybe you should think before you write