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My Last Entry Is Worth Repeating

The BN FB page has almost 7,000 followers...and its posts often discuss workplace issues that impact "quality" employees. The tough stuff is addressed, but the overwhelming attitude involves keeping our company alive. Even in difficult times, everyone maintains a positive attitude. Perhaps there's a reason that BNFB is so successful, while BNLJ caters to nothing but spiderwebs.

Quick show of (anonymous) hands: who is left here?

Ya'all haven't posted anything new since October 14.' and its been over a YEAR since anyone posted a solid community topic - aside from myself, of course.

Seriously, folks - just like North Koreans who swim to China to escape the regime - why are you still here? Come to the light! Come join us on the BNFB page. Post whatever you like. Even ole' Smithback has had two public topics deleted (by the MODs) because the forum found my commentary offensive. But everyone is welcome, you anti-corporate shits especially. You just have to be prepared to defend yourselves...and to have the balls to put up with the heat, and to defend yourselves when the overwhelming outcry challenges you.

BNFB is reality.
BNLJ is not.


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Mar. 13th, 2015 03:37 am (UTC)
Why so much effort? Why not just let people who choose to post here post here?

Different forums for different posters. The existence of this forum does not need impact you at all. Allow people their space.
Mar. 13th, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
We are only waiting for you to stop posting. It's the only reason I come back...... to see you finally go away. Keep posting smitty and we will keep "dinging". Or frickin' let this thing die. I'd personally like to see at least a year between posts on here, by anyone.
Mar. 18th, 2015 02:46 am (UTC)
Re: this!!!!
Good sigh.

Then, just come and join us on BNFB. My posts are much funnier. Shed your silly anonymity and post your concerns in public. We WILL listen. Everyone has an opinion.

Come to BNFB and be my friend. It's the best thing you can do at this point.
Mar. 14th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
Son, just don't.
Mar. 14th, 2015 03:56 pm (UTC)
Facebook is as witlessly corporate as the internet gets. That's perfect for you, perhaps, but schlocky and limited for some of us.
Mar. 15th, 2015 04:49 am (UTC)

Enjoy how it feels, you final few. To have a blog "hijacked," as someone once said. This forum used to be a little "Touched by an an Angel" crowd, full of silly bookseller stories...about life in the bookfloor, and what we all were reading. But all of you ruined it...and the serious posters moved on to FB. You destroyed an anonymous forum, and made the solid posters move to FB.

All of you. Each and every one of your entitled asses.

How does it feel, you silly LJ posters? To have ruined your own bitch-fest? To have driven everyone away?

Everyone at my break table is laughing...and everyone shouts praises for "Smithback's" participation. You missed so many obvious clues, so many thopics that required just a simple Google search. But all of that is moot now...we have so much to say, on the BN FB page. Please follow us, follow us on FB, and follow our lives - as we embrace BN, but prepare for the worst. We are the future of BN...and we love this company!

All of the rest of you, well...keep on bitcin', and enjoy your quarter raises, while they last - until you're fired!
Mar. 15th, 2015 08:50 am (UTC)
Oh my God, get off your high horse. If posting on LJ makes you an entitled asshole, truly you must be the biggest one of all. It's embarrassing how highly you think of yourself. Be humble, man
Mar. 15th, 2015 06:05 pm (UTC)
Smithback is CHARACTER..just like like Stepen Colbert's persona. You're all a bunch of idiots...entitled, living in your parents' basements, and waiting for the world to hand you something.
Mar. 19th, 2015 06:59 pm (UTC)
For you Smithback
........('(...´...´.... ¯~/'...')
..........''...\.......... _.·´
Mar. 20th, 2015 04:29 am (UTC)
Re: For you Smithback
Chuckling. I'm sorry, but how many readers are left here....?

I'm pretty sure I've been VINDICATED. Big smiles. Really BIG smiles!
Mar. 22nd, 2015 12:28 am (UTC)
Are you severely autistic or just narcissistic?
Mar. 23rd, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion, Smithy. Actually, I've been a member of the B&N Facebook group for over a year now, and they're a good bunch of people. A shame you have to pollute the group with your brown-nosing douchebag presence.
Mar. 23rd, 2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
Wow Sh!tback. I think you just got "Vindicated" again.
Mar. 24th, 2015 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Again
Well...considering whose left on BNLJ, I'd argue your definition of "vindicated." But, hey...whatever works with you. I don't know if I'M the sole reason BNLJ nosedived into obscurity, but I guess I'm really proud of my contribution. Me: the voice of reason, maturity, and creating stability in a bookseller's life. And you: the voice of...well..."crickets." How's that Reddit BN-bitch forum coming, guys?

My favorite line from Drop Dead Gorgeous, one of my favorite movies: "Close up shop!"
Mar. 26th, 2015 02:15 am (UTC)
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such mastubatory self-satisfaction for such little accomplishment. Trolling a blog so much that the couple of dozen people who frequented it got tired and left? Worked a low-leel retail job while self-publishing a couple of books? And that’s it?

Dude, if it makes you feel good go for it. Just recognize that we’ve seen you for what you are without your pretense, and it’s not pretty.
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Apr. 2nd, 2015 03:45 am (UTC)
Re: too bad
Chuckling..."Over shares?" Really? Oh well, I guess I'll enjoy my vindication.

Again, how's that Reddit blog coming?
Apr. 5th, 2015 09:18 pm (UTC)
A request from the administrator.
A request from the administrator.

-Please share the link to this livejournal page on the Barnes & Noble employee group on Facebook.

-I encourage all of you to post at least one question per week on here.

-Please share this livejournal group with management & other co-workers.

-I ask you to email this group to WELISTEN, corporate management & all district managers.

-I encourage everyone to create other employee blogs & social media sites pertaining to work life at Barnes & Noble.

-I encourage all to ignore trolls and create comments & questions that keep this employee blog going.
Apr. 6th, 2015 05:42 am (UTC)
Can we be friends on Facebook Smithback? I like that you aren't anonymous like these other cowards.

What is your name on Facebook?

Where can I buy your books?
Apr. 7th, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)
Sadly, Smithback will not respond to your post. All legitimate inquiries -- such as how to purchase these books he has allegedly written when not being a good little bookmonkey and sucking Bottini's prick -- are ignored. He only responds to insults.
Apr. 12th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
Sigh. I guess I'll cope.
Apr. 12th, 2015 01:26 am (UTC)
Big smiles. Didn't quite catch how many books YOUV'E written...?
Apr. 13th, 2015 04:04 am (UTC)
And you have yet to prove that you've written anything of substance. And no, trolling a Livejournal group does not count as substance. Sorry, Smitty! Better luck next time!
Apr. 13th, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
Smithback the Dal Stivens Fan?
no title
May. 29th, 2015 02:29 pm (UTC)
One thing you get from these comments is that B&N is not being killed off by e-books, but by poor management from the parent corporation
Jun. 1st, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Barnes & Noble Survival Guide
If you want to keep your job tips:

Never call we listen it's a trap set up by corporate, always be looking for a better job but tell no one, don't gossip or complain on the job, be productive & stop worrying about what you can't control, don't trust anyone that works here, stay in school & get that degree, avoid conversations with DM's they can't be trusted, if hours are cut file for unemployment, save & invest some money, never show anger or stress on the job & always try to look happy, keep to yourself & avoid workplace drama, do whatever management wants & don't rock the boat, give no ideas or suggestions on how to improve anything, know that you max out on raises and will eventually stop getting raises, the longer you work here the more management wants you gone, if hours are reduced look at temp companies to make some money, file for food stamps if hours are reduced, ignore & avoid bad employees that create drama, laugh & have fun this company won't be around forever.
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Dec. 1st, 2018 07:06 am (UTC)
why you need to quit B&N (they got 4 years, tops)
I left the company 3 years ago and really feel for the employees on here, I worked in the company as a Assistant Store Manager for about a year and was also the victim of these completely unfair write-ups aka "Improvement Plans" and just wanted to start off by telling everyone one on here that you should NEVER take any criticism that B&N had about you seriously.
Here's my story;
I was the newest manager on staff, something smelled fishy about B&N the second I was hired. The first was I realized that we did a very bad job at hiring people during the holiday season, the other ASM was hiring people to work the holidays less than a 2 weeks before Black Friday, I remember after the holidays were over we didn't hit our sales goal and when we had our weekly manager meetings I vocalized that I think we should really try to focus on hiring people earlier next year since less than a 2 weeks before Black Friday wasn't enough time to properly train people to work cash registers and the sales floor and customers were getting extremely upset.
My GM's shift reply was "Well whose responsibility is it to train them" to which I replied "Kinda hard to teach soldiers to fight a war when they didn't even go to boot-camp". A week after that conversation is when the write-ups started coming...
At first I really thought was that it was poor performance since I always have taken write-ups very seriously, but after really reflecting on it and reaching out to other people who left the company (or were terminated), I started to realize a pattern on how B&N handles employees they don't see eye to eye with. Now trying to find anything to write someone up on is something I'm very used to, it's the oldest trick in the book (I've never took that personally).
BUT what B&N's upper management likes to do with people they don't really like is completely falsify facts and statements on write-ups and pass them off as truth to corporate. Basically a GM could say you've murdered someone on the sales floor and corporate would take is as fact without even a shred of evidence to back it up. Don't believe me? Any of you guys remember what happened to the Transgender Manager in California? She had the exact same thing happen, only exception is she was smart and built a very solid case against B&N, and they lost.
How about Demos Parneros? B&N claimed that he was let go due to sexual harassment, now whether that is true or not I honestly can't say. But let me ask you guys a question; if B&N really is making up lies to validate terminating long-term employees, would you really be THAT surprised if B&N completely falsified what occurred with Parneros? Again, I am not defending him or claiming he's guilty but I have a very deep gut feeling that B&N is on the cusp of a huge scandal something the likes of the retail industry has never seen before. Get out now while you can.
" fyi here’s Parneros’ lawyer; Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, just in case anyone was wondering ;)
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