But never in any of those dreams would I have imagined Geoffrey losing his job as Toys R Us was forced to start closing their doors.
There are many factors that play into the reasons big box stores such as these close down. The availability of products through online retailers such as Amazon and the ever-expanding stores of Target and Wal-Mart that increase their shelf sizes are both believed to be attributing factors. But a recent article from the Washington Post revealed something even more devastating that Toys R Us admitted was a primary factor:
"The decrease of birthrates in countries where we operate could negatively affect our business. Most of our end-customers are newborns and children and, as a result, our revenue are dependent on the birthrates in countries where we operate. In recent years, many countries’ birthrates have dropped or stagnated as their population ages, and education and income levels increase. A continued and significant decline in the number of newborns and children in these countries could have a material adverse effect on our operating results."
Stop and think about that for a moment in regards to the U.S. Their target audience (children) is shrinking so drastically that it has directly affected their business and forced them to shut their doors.
It comes as no surprise that birth rates in the U.S. have been on the steady decline for decades. As noted in a LA Times article:
"The total number of babies born in the U.S. last year (2016) was 3,941,109. That’s 37,388 fewer babies than were born in the U.S. in 2015, which represents a 1% decline...the total fertility rate for American women was 1,818 births per 1,000 women. That’s the lowest it has been since 1984. In order for a generation to exactly replace itself, the total fertility rate needs to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women. The U.S. has been missing that mark since 1971 (though the country’s population has grown due to immigration)." (emphasis added)
Look at the last sentence again: "The U.S. has been missing that mark since 1971." The rise of feminism leading up to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision (which was passed by a majority Republican vote I might add) is undeniably a factor.
Some would say that Toys R Us shot themselves in the proverbial foot when they started funding Planned Parenthood. But others touted how Life Site News noted in a 2010 article that the company was among others who ceased their funding of the mass-abortion machine.
Lest we be too quick to praise, Toys R Us does continue to support the Susan G. Komen foundation which itself funnels money to Planned Parenthood. Whether the executives realize this or not, they do continue to contribute to the slaughter of innocent children and therefore are still partly to blame for literally killing off their customers.
Every Christian just read the above portion and may have shouted "AMEN BROTHER...PREACH!" But hold you horses for just a moment because it is going to get a little bumpy. There is an underlying issue that we tend to overlook: The overall attitude in our country towards children.
I'll continue with how we as Christians are also to blame in this regard as well in part 2 of "The real reason Geoffrey lost his job".
For Christ and His glory,