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 @ 11:42am

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    The problem is this isn't 100 years ago it's 2007 and yes his job is just to sell games, or whatever else the store sells.

    We're not even talking about a small town store where the owner decided to adopt this policy, we're talking about some random manager with no authority or right to institute such a policy doing this.

    Besides this nonsense policy everyone seems to be missing the major point here:

    Where is the link between video game playing and bad grades? Or is this the same link between violence and video games. Seems likely to me.

    Shop staff should stick to what they do best, selling crap. Not interferring in their customers choices.

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