GameStop Suspends Manager Who Won't Sell Games To Kids With Bad Grades

from the can't-support-that-type-of-policy dept

Last week the news spread about a manager of a GameStop video game store in Dallas who, without corporate approval, had instituted a policy to encourage good grades. The policy was that he wouldn't sell video games to kids unless an adult confirms that the kid got good grades... and if the kid had straight As, the manager would buy him or her a free game. However, as the Raw Feed points out, it appears that GameStop wasn't too happy with this policy and has suspended the guy. This really isn't a huge surprise (going against corporate policy doesn't often end well), but the community reaction to the whole thing certainly suggests that there's a market for this kind of "good grades policy," and if GameStop won't allow it, then perhaps other video game stores might test it out to try to attract more business. It sounds like a lot of parents would support it. Of course, there's really nothing stopping parents from instituting the identical policy on their own... Also, you could just as easily argue the opposite position as well. If one retailer offers that policy and others don't, all the kids with bad grades are about to head over to the other store. Which do you think is the larger market?

Filed Under: good grades, students, video games
Companies: gamestop

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Sep 2007 @ 10:13am

    Try and put your head in a sort of old fashioned mode. Imagine time is rewound 100 years but we still have video games. You walk to school and on the way back home you swing by the candy store and video game store on main street. The kindly gentleman running the video game store is respected and beloved by all the townsfolk. He takes an active interest in the well-being of the children and has the policy of not selling games to kids with bad grades as part of the "it takes a village" approach to raising kids. Not necessarily that it does take a village, but who am I to tell this village not to work together on it?

    Surely you'll agree with me that, in principle, this could be a quaint throwback to an idyllic era, and not at all a bad thing. His job is just to sell games? No way, his job is to be a citizen and contributor to his community, and sell games.

    I'm not going to condemn the dude without know more about him and his clientele and community. It couldve been a righteous thing. (I cant condemn the firing either, policy is policy and thats what you get with megacorps--economies of scale and an inflexibility to respond to local circumstances)

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