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 @ 8:39pm

    Then they enter the world

    What do they have to show for all the time they prioritized video games over grades? Do they put on their resume how many games they made it through? I am sorry but when I hire someone I need some indication that they are capable of prioritizing, organizing, learning(even stuff that might not be considered 'fun), and can be depended on to responsibly look after the task they are set to. Where I work we make semiconductor chips where each wafer is worth 3500 bucks and each lot of 25 wafers is worth 87,500 dollars. Typical person working at my factory processes hundreds of these lots a day. They press the wrong button or dont learn how to operate their equipment then we are both out of a job. So I am not going to hire the D student who spent all day buying or playing video games instead of studying. To become an engineer I had to go without anything resembling entertainment for 6 years before I was hired. I heard there was a show called Friends on then- never saw it though my head was in a book. People who think they can play games all day and blow off studying or think they should spend more time playing than studying probably started down that path at home...and never improved. If your kid ends up working at McD's it is not because life is unfair- it is because they did not work or study hard enough to earn a better job. I totally disagree with all the excuse mongers on this board saying video games keep their kids from fighting or are good for kids who have a disability- they probably need to work harder than the rest of us to succeed- sad fact in life. However, if the kid with the disability prioritizes, and is responsible- I will give him a job!

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