We can't disclose full contest entries yet, but we can let you see a few [more] of the letters of support we have received. Meanwhile, write letters to or call Geoffrey! Alert Ted Baxter! Write a Congress-critter to protest this & congressional net.censorship! (Maybe we can get on TV when the AP is sent in to wipe us out!)
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Names will be added after the contest is over.
Some of these have been lightly edited purely for spelling, grammar, or strong language. My comments are emphasized just like this text.
I had my own experience with Toys R Us. I was making a student video and wanted to open it by mounting a camera in a shopping cart and moving it quickly down the aisles, shooting all the toys that whipped by. Not only did TRU refuse to allow it, they immediately put up signs saying "no video cameras allowed in store." Are these guys paranoid or are we really following them?
anyhoo, i think you are completely in the clear, and should do whatever necessary to [liquid waste] theze folkz OFF!!!! They deserve it! You cant imagine how [urinated] i was when i read about this in the paper this morning... NOW GET IN THERE AND KICK SUM [settin' down parts] FOR DA INTERNET!!!!!!!
I plan to check in on Roadkills-R-Us[tm] from time to time to see whether Toys-R-Us[tm] is continuing to threaten to sue this non-existent corporation. When the toy store chain comes to its senses, we will gladly add them back to the list of competitive outlets at which we buy toys and other children's products.
I'd appreciate knowing whether Kids-R-Us[tm] is owned by the Toys-R-Us[tm] folks, and if so whether a boycott of these stores is being requested as well.
Well, according to the last person who answered the phone at the Legal Department number, Geoffrey holds the trademarks on a whole mess of them, including Kids-R-Us[tm], and said Legal Department is responsible for ``protecting'' them all, including, I presume, against the various Constitutions of whatever nations happen to be graced with their stores' presences. I will be publishing the list Ms. Fowler so kindly sent at the beginning of all this, so people can have the freedom to boycott whomever they please.
The saddest part? They probably have been successful. People have seen this big corporate lawyer information and buckled thinking that they have a large legal engine to bring to bear, and it is not worth fighting. Miles, keep on fighting. This is a completely ridiculous situation.
It is obvious that the corporate lawyers have either not read, or chosen to ignore, your comments. Unfortunately, this probably is reflective of our litigious society, exploding mostly during the past century. They refuse to acknowledge your letters because you are not a fellow lawyer. They will force you to retain a lawyer, to help someone else out by getting legal fees to say the same things that you are saying. Yes, this is a myopic and negative view of our legal system, but it has, unfortunately, been proven to be accurate all too often. The term "ambulance chasers" has been a typical derogatory remark about lawyers in our society. It did not come about in a vacuum.
I have never, personally, done any shopping at a Toys "R" Us facility, so mentioning that I am now boycotting it will not impact their bottom line one iota. However, saying that I will forward your WEB URL to make others aware *will* have some impact. I will urge all of my associates to stay as far away as is humanly possible, from a company whose sole purpose in life is to litigate a completely harmless non-entity as Roadkills-R-Us.
Keep the faith, and should TRU make the mistake of attempting to take this further, count me among your steadfast $upporter$, for legal fees and the like.
"Roadkills R Us" is a _PERFECT_ name - since you've been "run over" by an out-of-control legal department. Sorry, that's the best I can come up with this early in the morning. I haven't had my coffee yet.
Well, I agree. It's worked great for years now.
I would be more than happy to join in boycotting such a humorless company. Only a corporate executive would be dumb enough to think that anyone with half a brain would take Roadkills-R-Us seriously.
..but I guess that at least one person with half a brain (a TRU executive, no doubt) *did* take RRU seriously. ;-}
Good Luck in your fight against those big corporate bullies. May their Giraffe sprain it's neck. ;-}
I had heard that giraffes have very small brains, and your tactics toward Roadkills-R-Us have convinced me. You will see no more of my dollars (one child, 11 nieces and nephews) until you cease this pathetic display of thuggery.
I have also sold my shares of your company (sale date Dec. 4--check your shareholder records). I am no Bill Gates, or even J. Paul Getty, so my actions will cause no shaking in the Bullies-R-Us boardroom. But I am hoping that thousands of little nobodies like me make a sizable dent in your bottom line.
Obviously this one needed a name now, so TRU can check records.
I work with roughly 100 "computer geeks". We collect everything from Nerf Weaponry to Sega Saturns to Slinkys. We're pretty much grown up kids and we shop a *lot*. Lord knows if any of us ever reproduces we'll have another toy junkie on our hands.
Regardless, I am sending out e-mail to all of my coworkers pointing them to this URL so that they can see how ludicrous TRU(tm) is being. I will also most *definitely* urge them not to spend their hundreds or thousands of hard-earned dollars on a company that practices such bullish tactics.
For the record, we live in Northern Virginia. The main TRU(tm) here is near Fair Oaks. There are many alternatives to TRU(tm) and thanks to their bizarre ignorance, I will expend every ounce of effort I can into making sure that we:
(That's zip code 22031 for all of your annoying cashiers who insist on knowing that before they ring up my purchases.)
I'm sorry I don't buy toys, as I would love to join the boycott.
Hang in there. I haven't explored your site and don't know if I will even like it - but I sure as heck approve of your RIGHT to have it. I do like Mad Magazine and other clever spoofs so maybe I'll check out your stuff...
Welcome to the Internet, you appear to have put considerable work into your site! Unfortunately your legal department has destroyed all of the good will you would have received from the Internet community.
All the employees in my office have been following the inept actions of your attorney for several weeks and we all thought it was quiet humorous until now. Whether or not you have a legal right (and I personally don't think you do in this case) to stop the "Road-Kills-R-Us" web site from using "R-Us" in their name is no longer important; your attorney's attempt to have net service disconnected from Road-Kills-R-Us went "over the edge". I suggest that you watch the bulletin boards and TV news to see just how sensitive the community is to censorship of any kind.
I have addressed this memo to the marketing department because it is obvious the the legal department wouldn't understand it. If this approach to the Internet is your strategy of future development, then might I suggest you have a greeter at each store entrance telling each mother who enters how ugly and unintelligent her child appears. I think your results will be about the same as your Internet entrance.
This will be the first Christmas in several years that I haven't spend more money than I should have at your one of your stores. No, I'm not part of an organized boycott. I, and most of my employees just wouldn't feel right about entering your store after seeing what you have done. Forget what you may or may not have a legal right to, 100% of the people that I have spoken to believe your company is morally wrong in this case.
Thanks. No, in fact it costs me to keep this site. It's a labor of love, so I don't mind. But make money? NOT!
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