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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    Overcast, 18 Sep 2007 @ 8:13am

    Well, the level at which someone works may or may not be reflected in grades.

    Considering the amount of improvement my son has made over the last couple years and along with the medicine he's taking now, I have no problem with him playing video games.

    Life's more than work, work, work - there needs to be a balance. 'Workaholics' can be just as bad as a drug user in many situations. Some studies say stress is worse on a person mentally and physically than most other things.

    The thing is... I don't need a Game Stop manager trying to determine if my kid 'deserves' to play video games or not. Grades aren't a measure of how hard a person works. I was close to a straight-A student and I spent more time in high school chasing girls and a buzz than work - that's for certain. Even after 7 years of slacking, getting stoned, and the like - I still passed the SAT with a high enough score to qualify for all college level classes and no 'remedial' stuff. I know others who practically devoted their life to study and had grades worse than I.

    We all live and learn and grow. I'm completely different now, but grades most certainly weren't a measure of how hard I worked.

    Problem is too many people want to 'stereotype' others into various molds that they 'think' the world should be - when in fact, we are all individuals and quite different from each other.

    If grades were the sole 'determining' factor in what I got and didn't get as a kid, I would have slid by even easier, lol. Actually my parents knew this and I was held to a different 'standard' than my brother. Who worked three times as hard and who's grades were usually worse.

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