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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    Server Admin, 17 Sep 2007 @ 12:33pm

    It figures, someone finally does the right thing..

    I say this is a perfect example of how things should be done, and at the same time, a perfect example of what is wrong with our society these days.

    This store manager's actions were better for the overall benefit of the community and specifically the school age children it affected than everything I have heard of in the past year (at least) that has been done by school administrators or government policy makers to improve the education system and encourage children to raise above the currently pathetic low standards that are accepted.

    Any child that is failing should not have the chance to even see a video game much less have money (presumably allowance) to buy new games of their own. And any kid that is complaining about this story because of the actions of the store manager should be completely ignored as their opinion is purely supporting their own selfish desire to continue to get everything they want even if they do nothing at all to earn it.


    PARENTS need to wake up and realize that if their child is failing in school then that most likely is an early warning sign that they will carry the same attitude/practices into their adult life and will be failures in life overall.

    Most of all, PARENTS will have to face the truth of the matter...That it is entirely their own fault if their children end up as failures in life!

    Any "parent" that isn't able to tell you something about the specific subjects that their child is learning about in school is not earning the title of "parent" and needs to try spending a bit of time around their kids instead of just giving them what they want to keep them pleasantly out of sight.

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