Photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving Toys "R" Us store goes viral

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Photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving Toys "R" Us store goes viral

The iconic giraffe is not the only one disappointed by an early retirement from Toys R Us, as thousands of (human) employees have also been laid off in the wake of the store's closing.

"I'm never going to have a job like Toys R Us", said long-time employee Patty Van Fossan, 54, from Boardroom, Ohio, who was among a group of workers at protests in NY, fighting for severance that they believe they are owed.

Several stores that have run out of stock closed, according to AOL. Her photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving got the most attention, receiving almost 300,000 shares on Facebook.

After more than 60 years in business, the industry giant is the latest casualty in the ongoing demise of brick-and-mortar retail stores as more and more shoppers turn to online retailers and big-box stores like Walmart and Target that offer one-stop shopping destinations.

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After declaring bankruptcy in September, the chain in March sought a bankruptcy court's approval to start closing its 735 us stores, with severance payments coming to a halt during the liquidation.

Even as stores enter their final days of the liquidation sale, toy expert Jim Silver, the founder and editor in chief of popular toy review website TTPM.com, isn't convinced that the Toys R Us story is over.

Many kids grew up watching Geoffrey the Giraffe in TV commercials.

The toy store opened its doors 70 years ago.

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So, it would seem those discussions have progressed far enough for Toys "R" Us to some hope to fans through that initial post.

'One day, our children will see our pictures and ask: "Who are these people?"

Jacob Rabon IV tweeted two of the photos with the caption: 'I can't believe childhood is cancelled'.

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