Dear Madame L,
I was browsing through the magazines at my local Barnes & Noble store earlier this evening, and was shocked to see that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was displayed prominently at a child's eye-level in the very front of the magazine section.
I talked to the guy who sells Kindles about it. He wouldn't even let me finish what I was saying before he pursed his lips like an angry old man and said, "We're told where to put them."
I said, "Really? The store tells you to put that right where it's perfectly visible for little kids while adults have to kind of lean over to see it?"
He said, "Yes. This is a company policy. I can't do anything about it."
I said, "No problem. I turned all of them around so the back cover is showing."
Then he REALLY got mad and said, "Then I'll just have to turn them back around again."
I said, "You can do that, of course, but I will never bring a child into this store if I think they'll be subjected to images like that."
He said, "You don't have to."
I said, "I know that. And I know that you can talk to someone in management and tell them that you have a customer who has talked to you about this and asked it to be changed."
He said, "I'll do that."
Madame L, I was outraged. What can a person do about things like this?
Like I said, Outraged
Madame L joins you in consternation and suggests that your next step would be asking to speak to the store manager. Madame L will also go to her own nearby Barnes & Noble store as soon as she has an opportunity, to see if the same situation exists there.
Madame L sincerely doubts that a big corporation like Barnes & Noble would really force its store managers to place offensive magazines where they are clearly visible to children. Even Madame L's local grocery store manages to find a way to display magazines with suggestive or objectionable photos high up by the check-stand and even put some kind of plastic covering over the objectionable material.
Dear Readers, does anyone else have any suggestions for this Outraged Reader?
Thanking you in advance,