I checked to confirm if this is real. It is. It’s not an urban legend. We here at Democracia USA have a zero-tolerance for racism of any kind. -Jules P.
A company spokesperson issued an apology and claims that an employee didn’t do this but they believe a customer switched books and they’re investigating ways to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Is Barnes & Noble telling the truth? You be the judge. My question is how do they know for certain it was NOT an employee. Management says they THINK it was a customer but they don’t know for certain either. The statement from Barnes & Noble reads:
“Barnes & Noble would like to publicly apologize for what happened in our Coral Gables, Florida store. We believe that a customer played a cruel joke and placed an inappropriate title in the front window of our store, where we were featuring books written by or about President Obama. We want to assure our customers that the book placed by someone other than our booksellers was never intended to be included in our display and was removed as soon as we became aware of the situation. We are looking into it and are taking the steps necessary so that it does not happen again. From time to time customers will move titles from one area of the store to another. In this particular case, we do not condone whatever message may have been intended with the placement of this title in our Presidential display. It certainly was not part of our merchandising and we regret that we didn’t see the placement of this title immediately.”
Mary Ellen Keating, Spokesperson
Barnes & Noble, Inc.