Toys R Us is hinting at a post-bankruptcy revival and some former employees are not happy about it

Organisation United for RespectAn image of people protesting Toys R Us in New York City
  • Some former Toys R Us employees say they’re upset that the toy chain likened its bankruptcy to a vacation.
  • Toys R Us posted a tweet on October 6 featuring a picture of the company mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, holding a suitcase, saying that the iconic mascot had returned from travelling the world, signalling the company’s plans to relaunch the brand.
  • Some of those former employees have accused the company’s investors of profiting from the bankruptcy while failing to pay into a fund intended to help affected employees.

Toys R Us signalled that it could make a comeback using its mascot, Geoffrey the giraffe in a message posted on Twitter last weekend.

“He’s been travelling across the globe for the past few months but now #GeoffreysBack and once again ready to set play free for children of all ages,” the tweet reads in part.

News of the potential comeback follows a press release from Geoffrey LLC, the company that holds Toys R Us’ intellectual property, announcing that its existing lenders would acquire the company’s assets.

Some former Toys R Us employees have sounded off about the plan, and the image of its corporate mascot having been on vacation. The company in January announced the closure of all of its US stores, affecting some 31,000 employees. The impact was so great, it delivered a blow to the US jobs report in August.

“They’re saying Geoffrey went on vacation. We certainly did not go on vacation,” Sarah Woodhams, who worked for Toys R Us for seven years, told The Washington Post.

The Post, citing the retail advocacy group Rise Up Retail, reported that workers are still owed $US75 million in severance pay.

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