Posted on September 16, 2007,

GameStop Says No to "Good Grades Only" Policy

gamestop.JPGNo good deed goes unpunished. At least if you’re GameStop.

GameStop manager Brandon Scott, of the Texas GameStop which we posted about before, has been suspended for his “unconventional policy” of only selling video games to kids with good grades. Public service is what he had in mind, but it looks like it might have cost him his job.

“This is a socially acceptable, responsible thing to do,” Scott said in a recent WFAA-TV article. “These kids, they are our future, especially if you sell products to kids.”

While the GameStop corporation my in fact agree with children being the future, they also believe in children buying games in the future, too. Their official response to this matter was less than heartwarming.

“GameStop is learning about and evaluating Mr. Scott’s concept. As always, GameStop maintains its corporate commitment to assisting parents and other consumers in making informed choices,” told WFAA-TV.

It has yet to be seen if Mr. Scott’s suspension will end up being a termination. Is there really no room for socially-conscious decisions in the corporate world?

via WFAA-TV

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8 Comments on GameStop Says No to "Good Grades Only" Policy

Mr. Sadistic

On September 16, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Uh last time I checked, there are little things I like to call parents. It’s the parent’s job to watch over their kids and tell them when it’s OK to play games and what kind of games they should be playing. That Gamestop manager may have had good intentions, but he’s a total douche bag thinking that he can control what kids can or cannot buy because of how they perform academically.

Meeshaw

On September 16, 2007 at 2:40 pm

@ Sadistic:

When is the last time you saw a parent take responsibility for something their kid did? The ONLY reason Gamestop has a problem with this is because it would hurt their bottom line.

I never shop there anyway. Place is total garbage when it comes to the way they do business. Establishments like theirs should be boycotted by the general gaming community, but it seems people like getting ripped off.

Joelteon7

On September 16, 2007 at 3:01 pm

That’s a shame. Thought some good would come of it, but, hey. Kudo’s for trying.

William

On September 16, 2007 at 3:46 pm

I agree Mr. Sadistic. The more I think about it, that manager was taking something into his own hands that was honestly not his business.

used cisco

On September 16, 2007 at 4:37 pm

They should institute some program where if you bring in a report card with “x” number of good grades, you get a discount on a game or something. That way they can say they are being socially responsible and still drive new business.

William

On September 16, 2007 at 6:05 pm

yeah actually some stores do that and I see no problem with a reward system.

xboxlenny

On September 16, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Myself and other people were right to think Gamestop managment wont stand for this guys ways. I was right to post Sales =$, $=profit. Profit= Him keeping his job. For all you people who thought different its a business not a school.

Armpit : quoted
- @Lenny: This guy is a franchise owner, not some flunky hired by GameStop corporate. It’s his money that is at risk in making these types of decisions.

With your comments shows why you shouldn’t be playing the XBOX so much and maybe working on your education… or maybe just get a job to get a sense of reality, once more showing why what this guy is doing is a great decision.

@armpit – its good to be right. my educated guess like anyone with common sence knows Gamestop wont stand for this, My college degree and good job/playing Xbox allowed me to come to this conclusion. Keep the personal and negative comments to yourself.

R Walker

On September 17, 2007 at 12:42 pm

I think it’s a great idea.
Parents should be grateful that he thinks more of the welfare of their children than he did his own “bottom line.” He sounds like the type of guy that would probably go even out of his way while on Gamestops clock to pull the same kids from a burning building if he saw it happening.. but then again, maybe he should take the advice of those above and just keep on working and “mind his own business” and just let the children fry… let the parents or Fireman save em.. Hell it’s their job to care…not his.. Sounds reasonable?? (sarcasm)
What idiots~~~