Decked out in a shirt, sunglasses and a hat, the giraffe waves goodbye at the camera as it prepares to depart with its green luggage. A heartbreaking photo of Geoffrey is circulating, as Toys "R" Us closes its remaining stores on Friday. The photo was taken by Rene Johnpiere, who appears to work at a Toys "R" Us. It has been shared nearly 300,000 times since. Toys R Us' troubles have also shaken some big toy makers like Mattel and Hasbro.
Whether or not the zoo reaches its fundraising goal, the store closures and empty shelves do not mark the end of the memories so many people have of Toys "R" Us.
But the company changed course in March, saying it would sell its operations in Canada, Asia and Europe, and shut down in the United States.
On Thursday, it was revealed that employees are fighting for their severance pay while executives are being paid bonuses.
Earlier this year in March, the company announced it will close all remaining 700 stores in the us after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September last year and struggling to find a buyer.
"I'm never going to have a job like Toys R Us", said long-time employee Patty Van Fossan, 54, from Boardroom, Ohio, who was among a group of workers at protests in NY, fighting for severance that they believe they are owed. "We've been here and we're the foundation of the company, and we deserve something", she explained. The bonuses were approved only a week before the company declared bankruptcy, according to the New York Post.
Five former Toys R Us executives, including former CEO David Brandon, shared $8.2 million in retention bonuses.