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 @ 4:12pm

    Can someone explain that to me

    Meanwhile, I never understand why all these ADD kids cant learn math, but can get to the 15th level of the most difficult games because they learned complicated routines to defeat the Boss at the end of each level. Can someone explain that to me?

    Yes I can. It's because Johnny sat there playing his game for the past 5 years every moment of every day. His parents let him do it because if he wasn't playing his game he'd be fighting with his sister or tearing up the house.

    You might be quick to blame the parents for this and to an extent you'd be right. The parents ought to spend more time with the lad and help him overcome his whacked out emotions.

    And perhaps they'd do that if they had the energy. In today's American society it's all about the next dollar. We say 'you're responsible for your kid so long as it doesn't interfere with work'. What that translates into is 'America discourages healthy families'. For the record, many European countries are polar opposite to us in this regard...and have healthier people.

    To top it all off we've passed the 'No child left behind' law. The real name of this law is 'Every child left behind'. What the law does is forces schools to forget about trying hard to teach everyone and develop a swim well or get out mentality. Kids that are struggling with emotional issues...if it affects their grades the school wants them out. That kid failing means money being taken away from the school. It's much easier to kick out your bad students than improve them.

    Don't blame schools either. Even big corporations are firing their unproductive customers. The problem is in our society. How we value those around us and our perception of wealth. Money is not your friend and it doesn't give a damn about you. Where do you think your loyalty should lie?

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