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Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on November 03, 2014, 10:12:28 pm
So, as I've mentioned elsewhere, I work at GameStop. As one might imagine, this has lent me very deep and professional insight into the many perils of the dudebro condition. Some of my best stories, unfortunately, are ones that I am not at liberty to share; however, there are others yet that do not, in fact, break company policy, and are therefore ripe for the picking. Or for the reading. You know, whichever.

Keep in mind that I do not represent GameStop as a company, nor do my experiences or opinions mirror those of the company or its other employees. I'm just one small worker in an intricate hive.

Anyway, one event in particular that will always remain strong in my mind is actually from a time when I was only a backup keyholder (basically one step up from entry-level scrub). The manager on duty that night was on break at the time, and there were a total of four people aside from him and me in the store: two Asian men who were in there together (they didn't speak any English and were probably Korean or Chinese, judging by what I heard from them and the general immigrant demographics locally), and a mother with her son.

The mother was an older lady, probably in her fifties or sixties, and her son looked like he could be in his twenties, possibly older. He couldn't say his Ls or Rs and pronounced them instead as Ws. He was also spoiled as all hell and his mother was an enabler. I remembered these two coming in a few weeks ago, and the manchild was looking for a Pokemon game. Thing is, those games are still kind of pricey, even used, and the mother didn't want to spend a whole lot of money. They ended up buying Conquest (http://www.gamestop.com/ds/games/pokemon-conquest/100555), which is a Pokemon-themed SRPG and substantially cheaper than the mainline games. It's a fun game, and I liked it a lot, but it's decidedly not for everyone, given its SRPG nature. The manchild clearly had had no interest from the beginning; when they brought it in to bring it back, the kid had not even played it once.

Unfortunately, due to our return policies, I couldn't give them a refund or even the full value in store credit. I offered them the trade value and the mother very politely accepted for her reticent son, and the two of them went to look around the store for something to get instead. The manchild made a beeline for the DS accessories section, and he picked out an Action Replay, which is a cheating device. Apparently he wanted to use it to hack rare Pokemon into his games. The mom looked suspicious and called me over and asked if it was a cheating device, to which I answered that yes, it was, though there's some ethical debate regarding the matter. The mother frowned and turned to her son and told him to put it back, that they'd get something else. Naturally, in true manchild fashion, the guy threw a fit.

He refused to put the device back and stomped on the floor and screamed at his mom that the device was FINE, it was OKAY, that it's NOT CHEATING and he'd been WANTING THIS DEVICE FOW YEAWS and the mom had PWOMISED they could GET SOMETHING HE WEAWWY WANTED. The mother was having none of this and tried to grab for the item, but he snatched it away and started stamping all around the room, ranting over and over about how she'd pwomised this and that and that he was not weaving the stowe untiw he got his Action Wepway. It got to a point where the mom finally just came over and apologized and took back the game they'd been wanting to trade in and made to leave the store. The kid then walked up to the front of the door, spread his arms and legs out in front of it, and yelled, very loudly, "I'M NOT WEAVING UNTIW I GET MY ACTION WEPWAY." He was red in the face and sobbing and very, very angry. It was a lot like watching a toddler throw a temper tantrum.

Meanwhile, I was kind of freaking out because I didn't know if this guy was gonna get violent or not (and at the same time trying really hard not to laugh because this was so fucking ridiculous and hilarious, seriously), and the two other men were just looking on with raised eyebrows and probably thinking to themselves, "Damn, these Americans are fucking crazy." My manager was still in the back room, too, so I was completely stranded there with no authority to kick the guy out. Thankfully, the mother finally managed to wrench the item from her kid's hand and passed it over to me with a sympathetic look and an apology, and she dragged him out, kicking and screaming.

To this day, I can't see the words "Action Replay" without reading them in my head in an Elmer Fudd voice, complete with whining and screaming and the stomping of feet.

Also, I haven't seen those two since.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: One Of The Crappy Pokemon That Nobody Likes on November 03, 2014, 11:15:33 pm
I was prepared for insane nerd stories. I was not prepared for this.

Thank you. Take the bulb!

Also I have a question. As you're probably aware, GameStop's been participating in a number of promotional giveaways for Pokemon X and Y. They get a bunch of tickets with codes printed on them, people come in and ask for the tickets, then they can redeem the codes online to download rare Pokemon or items.

This is a new way to give out Pokemon/items, and because of this, I've seen a ton of tweets and forum posts from people asking GameStop employees to "help them out" by e-mailing some event codes to them. Because y'know, it's hard to go to the store and most of the time they're out anyway! They never directly ask specific employees, but rather they usually just shout into the aether and hope some random stranger will message them with a code. So my question is: wouldn't it be completely against company policy to e-mail codes to people over the internet? Those events are meant to get potential buyers into the store, so it'd be nuts to just skip over the whole "possibly selling an extra copy of Hyrule Warriors" business and handing those things out for free.

Basically I'm just wondering how aggravated I should be with the people who are e-begging for little fictional monsters.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on November 04, 2014, 12:24:01 am
I was prepared for insane nerd stories. I was not prepared for this.portaxx, November 03, 2014, 11:15:33 pm

Oh, it gets worse. I'll post another tomorrow.

wouldn't it be completely against company policy to e-mail codes to people over the internet?portaxx, November 03, 2014, 11:15:33 pm

Yes. Yes, it is. What a lot of people don't realize is that they can just call Nintendo to get a backup code by telling them their local GS is out of the cards. All of the stores in our area were out of Diancie codes within the first three days of giving them out, and boy, I've had to turn a lot of people away with the bad news. Some have taken it more pleasantly than others.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: strifeheart on November 04, 2014, 12:44:48 am
Oh man, that's good to know.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: SATAN MILKSHAKE on November 04, 2014, 02:30:51 am
That doesn't seem that weird, just some kid throwing a tantrum.  I mean, sure, spoiled kids are brats but--
in his twenties
chases parked cars, November 03, 2014, 10:12:28 pm
Holy shit.  I did not read carefully the first time.  The way he acted I was guessing like, eight or nine.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: goombapolice on November 04, 2014, 07:18:07 am
This thread is already great. Can't wait to hear more.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: One Of The Crappy Pokemon That Nobody Likes on November 04, 2014, 08:23:24 pm
Yes. Yes, it is. What a lot of people don't realize is that they can just call Nintendo to get a backup code by telling them their local GS is out of the cards. All of the stores in our area were out of Diancie codes within the first three days of giving them out, and boy, I've had to turn a lot of people away with the bad news. Some have taken it more pleasantly than others.
chases parked cars, November 04, 2014, 12:24:01 am

Sounds like another round of stories!

Also can you seriously do that? Had I called up Nintendo, could I have gotten a Diancie code directly from them? Because man, my town's super into gaming and my GameStop has never had an event ticket when I've stopped by. That'd be pretty convenient, honestly.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on November 04, 2014, 10:18:26 pm
Also can you seriously do that? Had I called up Nintendo, could I have gotten a Diancie code directly from them? Because man, my town's super into gaming and my GameStop has never had an event ticket when I've stopped by. That'd be pretty convenient, honestly.portaxx, November 04, 2014, 08:23:24 pm
Yup. Just call 1-800-255-3700, tell them your local GS is out of codes, and you've got yourself a backup code. Enjoy! If you ever forget the 800 number, it's on the back of your 3DS. Obviously this applies to US residents only.

Anyway, since you've all been waiting so patiently, it's time for another tale. Today's is the story of the Oblivion Lady.

So I live and work in a good-sized metropolitan area, and it's unfortunately kinda known for its segregation. To the north is a large impoverished neighborhood. Low-income housing, homeless people, drug rings, gang conflict, break-ins, armed robberies, shady stores, all that fun stuff. To the east is our local university as well as a big teaching hospital that draws in a lot of foreign students and doctors. Hipsters also tend to gravitate toward that area since it's where a lot of hipster spots are. To the south is a community of mostly Mexican families and stores. Lastly, out west is where all the rich white yuppies live.

Our store is situated in the northeastern area of town, but not north enough to be in the ghetto and not east enough to be in hipsterland. We are the northernmost GS in the city, though, so a good 75% of our clientele is from the north. Perhaps predictably, this also means that we regularly cater to customers who've just come in from smoking a bowl in the parking lot, who are trying to sell us stolen product, or who were trying to panhandle outside and needed to duck away from the cops momentarily. Today's story regards the latter sort.

Over the course of my employment at the store, we've had several regular panhandlers out on the adjacent street, but one in particular, a middle-aged, very enthusiastic, very hyperactive lady, had a habit for a while of coming into our store and asking to use our phone in between heckling people for drugs or money. She would often come in and follow customers around the store and whisper to them and generally make them uncomfortable, but when she wasn't doing this, she had a habit of asking some very strange questions about "Oblivion (http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-360/games/elder-scrolls-iv-oblivion/39414)." It usually started with gems such as these:

"I'm looking for a certain game where you play as that magic guy, and he goes through the water."
"I want to get this Oblivion game, but I want to make sure it's the right one."
"What do I need to play Oblivion? I really want to get Oblivion."
"Do you guys have Oblivion? It's that game with that wizard and there's this part where you go through the water."
"Can I see the case for Oblivion? I really want to get it but I want to make sure it's the right one. I'll know it when I see it. It has these pictures on the back."

As you can see, there were trends to this. For one thing, she was sure that we sold more than one game with "Oblivion" in its name; secondly, she was thoroughly convinced that we would know what she was talking about with this mage who "goes through the water" and that no other game fits those criteria; and thirdly, she had no idea what video games actually were. The latter became abundantly clear the more we talked with her to try to understand what she apparently wanted.

She didn't know about different consoles or the fact that they couldn't play discs that weren't specifically designed to be played in those consoles. She also didn't know that she needed a TV set or a controller or electricity. She asked me multiple times if she could just take the game disc and put it in her car's CD player to use it, and she also was very disappointed when I told her that yes, you do need to actually play the game, you can't just unplug the controller and let the game play itself.

She was also apparently not aware of the fact that our prices aren't negotiable, because she tried to offer us $20 for an Xbox 360 deck, no cords or controller...which is not something that we sell anyway. The concept of "extra content" was also a mystery to her; figuring she meant either the 360 or PS3 editions, or the regular and GOTY editions (http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-360/games/elder-scrolls-iv-oblivion-game-of-the-year-edition/66115), when she said there were two Oblivions, I explained the difference to her, and she just kept asking the same questions over and over anyway, this and that about the mage who goes through the water.

Unfortunately, given the sheer number of times she came back in with the same exact questions, even months apart, I don't think she ever committed any of the stuff we ever told her to memory. I haven't seen her lately, though. I wonder if she ever got arrested.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on November 06, 2014, 09:56:47 pm
So, holy shit, speak of the devil. I saw Oblivion Lady again this morning, after months of not running into her. This time I had the misfortune of interacting with her when I was off the clock and I was leaving the store to get drinks for me and my coworker. I saw her immediately and hoped she wouldn't recognize me, but she sure as hell did, and she asked me, "If I'm on a motel TV, like and I want that box to play that game, you know, that Oblivion, what's like the starting price for that box? I think the...the X3?"

...yeah i kinda wrote it down almost immediately after i got back into the store because i knew the fine people of ballpit would want to know about this lolol

So apparently she's currently living in a motel and still fucking wants an xbox 360 to play Oblivion. Even after MONTHS UPON MONTHS of asking the same exact questions. At this point I'm almost positive she's just fucking with us.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: Muffinator on November 06, 2014, 10:23:14 pm
Oblivion does have a part right near the start where you go through the water: after you leave the sewer you're supposed to kinda loop around into the city, but almost everybody just goes straight forward and puddles about in the moat for a bit. It's right in front of you, and there's pretty ruins on the other side. Maybe she's played like, the first half hour of Oblivion and the experience stuck with her.

Also, you have to pick a star sign and one of the first ones is THE WIZARD.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: Isfahan on November 07, 2014, 06:30:39 am
So apparently she's currently living in a motel and still fucking wants an xbox 360 to play Oblivion. Even after MONTHS UPON MONTHS of asking the same exact questions. At this point I'm almost positive she's just fucking with us.chases parked cars, November 06, 2014, 09:56:47 pm

Maybe she thinks she's stuck in a Groundhog-Day-style time loop and has to ask everyone the same questions because they won't remember she asked them already.

Maybe, every day, she thinks she has to restart her Oblivion game, and do the tutorial dungeon, and then swim her wizard across the river outside of the Imperial city.

Every day. Since 2006.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: goombapolice on November 07, 2014, 06:47:40 am
That is the weirdest shit.

Is she burned out on drugs/crazy?
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on November 08, 2014, 02:28:21 pm
Maybe she thinks she's stuck in a Groundhog-Day-style time loop and has to ask everyone the same questions because they won't remember she asked them already.

Maybe, every day, she thinks she has to restart her Oblivion game, and do the tutorial dungeon, and then swim her wizard across the river outside of the Imperial city.

Every day. Since 2006.
Isfahan, November 07, 2014, 06:30:39 am
I like this idea.

Is she burned out on drugs/crazy?
goombapolice, November 07, 2014, 06:47:40 am
Judging by her habits of stalking customers and panhandling outside the building for drugs? Both.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on November 15, 2014, 02:23:25 pm
So, this one isn't a story, it's more like a protip, but I figured I'd post it anyway because it may be relevant to some of y'all.

So, we sell pre-owned systems, right? And they come in two different headings, Used and Refurbished. Most people would think Refurbished > Used since it implies the thing has been wiped and cleaned and swanked up. In actuality, buying a refurbed console is a roll of the dice. Refurbed handhelds are usually not a problem, and the 3DSes actually come with a screen protector, a cleaning cloth, and a pair of earbuds, which is more than you get when you buy a new one, just sayin'. They also weren't very likely defective when we got them. General policy is just to ship out all the handhelds we buy so the warehouse can swank them up.

But yeah, like, the home consoles? 360s, PS3s, all that fun stuff? When we "refurbish" a home console, it basically means that when we had it traded in to us at the store, it was defective, meaning it had a red ring of death, the cords were bad, the controller was trashed, you know, that kind of thing, so we shipped it to the warehouse to fix it up. Unfortunately, the warehouse staff are incompetent as fuck and half the time don't actually do anything with the stuff they're sent, so we get the stuff sent back to us and it's still defective. Same goes for when they send us discs back from the warehouse. We'll get them, they've still got ring scratches or whatever. Well, fuck. Right?

On the other hand, our "used" systems have been tested out at the stores, reformatted, guaranteed to work or your money back. They might not be as clean or fancy, but at least you're not gonna take it home and suddenly have it fall apart in your hands. Most likely, anyway.

So, yeah, moral of the story? Don't pay extra for a "refurbished" console unless it's a 3DS or a Vita or something. We get so many people bringing them back with complaints that it ain't even funny.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: One Of The Crappy Pokemon That Nobody Likes on November 18, 2014, 07:35:25 pm
Good to know! I'll have to share that with my friends.

Also thanks for the heads-up on the code stuff! I called up Nintendo and after they confirmed that it was indeed nearly impossible to grab a code from my local stores, they e-mailed me one right away. So now I have a Diancie in my game ^___^

Though I did have to edit your post a little. Originally there was a typo in the number that instead lead me to some kind of scammer, because it was just a recording telling me that I already won(!!!!) a free(!!!!!!) trip to the Caribbean(!!!!!!!!!!!) and wanted me to "claim my prize". But it's fixed now!
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on May 26, 2015, 01:22:39 am
Wow, been a while since I've posted here. Dang.

Here's a fun and very old, on-going, god help us all new story!

Before reading this, I implore you not to troll the described specimen. He's terrible, as is his wife(?), but they don't deserve floods of hate mail or channel trolling. By all means, subscribe to them, giggle about them, submit a doc about them, whatever suits you, but don't poke and prod 'em too much, okay? That's just mean. Prime Directive, yadda yadda.

Anyway. So. Our store has regulars, yeah? Every store does. The thing about Gamestop regulars is that they're, well, Gamestop regulars. You've got your deal-snipers, your scalpers, your known shoplifters, your dudebros who always come in to buy the new 2K sports titles for full value even though they're barely different from the last year's release, your fat neckbeards who never fucking shut up about their waifus, and then you've got...well. You've got the people who practically make a career out of being living mockery material.

So there's this guy who comes in fairly regularly, I don't even know his fucking name, it doesn't even matter. What matters is that he's almost always either wearing a stained, dirty, poorly-made Naruto (http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110329182314/naruto/images/1/1c/Naruto_Original_Soundtrack_3.jpg) (that ugly orange motherfucker on the left) costume, or a gigantic fleece hat of DJ Pon-3's head (http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120505143712/mlp/images/0/08/DJ_Pon-3_square_no_watermark.png) that, really, looks like it may very well have originally been a plush that he simply decapitated and repurposed into something that essentially turns him into a walking nerdy totem pole.

He's not a bad guy, just....very naive, and he has a habit of oversharing, which is pretty common for his type of nerd anyway. There are some very troublesome aspects of his character, though. For one thing, he does not regularly bathe. This is particularly problematic because he is almost completely blind in one eye and has very poor vision in the other, so he consistently has to stand very close to the counter to be able to read things. Ergo, we have to deal with breathing in his nerd funk while trying desperately not to vomit every time he decides to engage us in conversation and/or buy something. Wonderfully enough, he's also the kind of customer who just comes into Gamestop to bother the fuck out of us for up to an hour without actually buying anything. Protip: DON'T EVER FUCKING DO THIS.

Anyway, fairly recently, this customer who had previously existed as nothing but a nuisance blessed us with gold: his business card (http://www.whiteturtlerainbow.com/). Turns out he and his "business partner" apparently run...something. It's ambiguous as to what that "something" is, exactly. Most of their stuff seems to consist of NaNoWriMo pep talks, poorly-made vlog posts, embarrassing covers of songs the singer does not actually know the lyrics to, and various forms of vaguely-pagan, vaguely-Christian woo. What I find particularly hilarious is their video defending a known tracer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPIi9A71DLc) using the logic that because he hasn't been convicted of forgery in a court of law, he is innocent of tracing. My favorite part is when the guy tries to pan over to "his own artwork" on the wall and has the camera too high, so you just see a bunch of prints he clearly bought from some nerd convention or another. Hilarious.

The girl's wordpress (https://azurebreeze.wordpress.com/) is also something truly amazing. Walls of text abound! The best part of all is that she honestly believes that she is somehow an authority on writing, spirituality, and...art??? ok man. ok.

They also have a facebook group for white knights (https://www.facebook.com/groups/WhiteKnights4ArtistswithDisabilities). And it's not a joke. They honestly believe that white knighting is important and should be encouraged.

...And I think that's about it for that particular story! Enjoy your exhibits, everyone.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: goombapolice on May 26, 2015, 06:27:05 am
Jesus Christ these people are adults.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chai tea latte on May 26, 2015, 01:15:32 pm
confused by "enrolled in the Ojibwe nation"? worry no longer!

During Last Night's Pink Moon Ceremony, my husband and I talked about me being a Stolen Child. I was kidnapped from my Ojibwe mother in Duluth, MN a place notorious for Native American Sex Trafficking for hundreds of years Native Americans have been targeted. In my case I was kidnapped as a Native American baby and taken out of MN to another state where I became a victim of child pornography and repeated sexual assault on top of being lied to about my racial heritage, my name, and my true identity and family. It has taken my entire life to break free from my captors and reprogram my mind with the truth of who I really am. I am actually the daughter to a beautiful Ojibwe mother and a Vietnam Veteran of the 101st Army Airborne Rangers.Quote from

also her youtube username is LearningOjibwe, so, uh, i'm not entirely convinced she's actually a stolen princess
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: memorylikeasieve on May 26, 2015, 02:46:24 pm
confused by "enrolled in the Ojibwe nation"? worry no longer!

During Last Night's Pink Moon Ceremony, my husband and I talked about me being a Stolen Child. I was kidnapped from my Ojibwe mother in Duluth, MN a place notorious for Native American Sex Trafficking for hundreds of years Native Americans have been targeted. In my case I was kidnapped as a Native American baby and taken out of MN to another state where I became a victim of child pornography and repeated sexual assault on top of being lied to about my racial heritage, my name, and my true identity and family. It has taken my entire life to break free from my captors and reprogram my mind with the truth of who I really am. I am actually the daughter to a beautiful Ojibwe mother and a Vietnam Veteran of the 101st Army Airborne Rangers.Quote from

also her youtube username is LearningOjibwe, so, uh, i'm not entirely convinced she's actually a stolen princess
chai tea latte, May 26, 2015, 01:15:32 pm

... the fuck?  I've lived in Duluth for 15 years and this is the first I've ever heard of this.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on May 26, 2015, 04:03:08 pm
confused by "enrolled in the Ojibwe nation"? worry no longer!

During Last Night's Pink Moon Ceremony, my husband and I talked about me being a Stolen Child. I was kidnapped from my Ojibwe mother in Duluth, MN a place notorious for Native American Sex Trafficking for hundreds of years Native Americans have been targeted. In my case I was kidnapped as a Native American baby and taken out of MN to another state where I became a victim of child pornography and repeated sexual assault on top of being lied to about my racial heritage, my name, and my true identity and family. It has taken my entire life to break free from my captors and reprogram my mind with the truth of who I really am. I am actually the daughter to a beautiful Ojibwe mother and a Vietnam Veteran of the 101st Army Airborne Rangers.Quote from

also her youtube username is LearningOjibwe, so, uh, i'm not entirely convinced she's actually a stolen princess
chai tea latte, May 26, 2015, 01:15:32 pm

... the fuck?  I've lived in Duluth for 15 years and this is the first I've ever heard of this.
memorylikeasieve, May 26, 2015, 02:46:24 pm
I'm pretty sure she's lying about all of it so she can feel special and magical. Or is severely delusional.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: crow on May 26, 2015, 04:43:17 pm
How can I become Ojibwe
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: goombapolice on May 26, 2015, 04:54:40 pm
Things you'll need:

Large Potato

Long Sock
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: crow on May 26, 2015, 05:20:32 pm
confused by "enrolled in the Ojibwe nation"? worry no longer!

During Last Night's Pink Moon Ceremony, my husband and I talked about me being a Stolen Child. I was kidnapped from my Ojibwe mother in Duluth, MN a place notorious for Native American Sex Trafficking for hundreds of years Native Americans have been targeted. In my case I was kidnapped as a Native American baby and taken out of MN to another state where I became a victim of child pornography and repeated sexual assault on top of being lied to about my racial heritage, my name, and my true identity and family. It has taken my entire life to break free from my captors and reprogram my mind with the truth of who I really am. I am actually the daughter to a beautiful Ojibwe mother and a Vietnam Veteran of the 101st Army Airborne Rangers.Quote from

also her youtube username is LearningOjibwe, so, uh, i'm not entirely convinced she's actually a stolen princess
chai tea latte, May 26, 2015, 01:15:32 pm

... the fuck?  I've lived in Duluth for 15 years and this is the first I've ever heard of this.
memorylikeasieve, May 26, 2015, 02:46:24 pm

I looked it up and it's actually real

http://m.bismarcktribune.com/bakken/native-american-populations-hugely-at-risk-to-sex-trafficking/article_46511e48-92c5-11e4-b040-c7db843de94f.html?mobile_touch=true
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on May 26, 2015, 05:50:54 pm
The American Dream is believing that anyone can become Ojibwe if they put their mind to it.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: crow on May 26, 2015, 06:05:20 pm
Forgot this one

http://www.prostitutionresearch.com/MIWSAC%3APRE%20PrelimFindings8-25-10.pdf
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: Isfahan on May 26, 2015, 07:55:35 pm
I am actually the daughter to a beautiful Ojibwe mother and a Vietnam Veteran of the 101st Army Airborne Rangers.Quote from
chai tea latte, May 26, 2015, 01:15:32 pm

There's the 101st Airborne and the 75th Ranger Regiment. There's no such thing as the 101st Army Airborne Rangers.

You can't talk out of your ass on everything, person, because sometimes people actually know the things you're only pretending to know.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on May 26, 2015, 08:09:46 pm
There's the 101st Airborne and the 75th Ranger Regiment. There's no such thing as the 101st Army Airborne Rangers.Isfahan, May 26, 2015, 07:55:35 pm
Unless you can prove this statement false in a court of law, White Turtle Rainbow remains innocent!
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on May 26, 2015, 08:43:37 pm
I STAND CORRECTED. Derpydash djblazekin and WTR are apparently no longer together.

(http://i.imgur.com/OVDlhhy.png)
Very sad day. :(

He also talks about it in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58UaRWEVxOc)...in which he is, unsurprisingly, wearing his Naruto costume.

(http://i.imgur.com/NrU3YTn.png)
God help us all.

He also owns (and frequently wears, apparently) a costume of Elsa from Frozen. I really hope I never see this in my store. Ever.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: memorylikeasieve on May 27, 2015, 01:08:06 am
Fucking internet losers.  Is there nothing they won't latch onto for *~attention?~*

I know, I know, the answer is a resounding no.  Still.  Goddamnit.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: Ike on May 27, 2015, 12:41:01 pm
I worked at a little independent game shop in Florida for a while. We had a number of colorful customers, but we had slightly different clientele from GameStop, since we specialized mostly in retro stuff. We did get the occasional furries in ears and tails, the nerdlingers that are absolutely incapable of shutting up about their favorite game, the super religious Southern Baptist guy that tried to proselytize me while I was reformatting an OG XBox he bought from a garage sale that was filled with ROMs ("I can't have stolen goods in my house!")

One that stood out was a guy who came into our new shop shortly after we had moved to a location in a slightly more upscale end of the city. He came into the store ready to put his nerd cred on display, so just before entering he opened up his flip phone (this was early 2011, so the smart phone saturation hadn't hit yet), booted up his MP3 of the FF7 boss theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxUzIrhINP4) and proceeded to gingerly finger through our PS1 selection, then our Wii games, then everything else in the store, all while blaring this music at full volume from his phone's shitty speaker and weirding out all of the other customers. He would take occasional glances at me and I refused to acknowledge him since I was busy helping moms and young kids check out the N64 games. He eventually took the hint and left.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: Lemon on May 27, 2015, 12:52:25 pm
[...] just before entering he opened up his flip phone (this was early 2011, so the smart phone saturation hadn't hit yet), booted up his MP3 of the FF7 boss theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxUzIrhINP4) and proceeded to gingerly finger through our PS1 selection, then our Wii games, then everything else in the store, all while blaring this music at full volume from his phone's shitty speaker and weirding out all of the other customers. He would take occasional glances at me and I refused to acknowledge him since I was busy helping moms and young kids check out the N64 games. He eventually took the hint and left.
Ike, May 27, 2015, 12:41:01 pm

"Oh man, nobody else in my life really 'gets it', but I know the guys in this store are gonna freak out when they hear this... Is it... can they not hear this? Is it not loud enough? Maybe I'll... fuck this, I bet the guys at Subway will appreciate it."
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on May 27, 2015, 01:06:42 pm
I had a customer do something similar with some song from the anime Kill la Kill. We'll also have people going over to our headphones test station and plugging in their media players and blasting their music loudly enough into their ears that we can hear it, too. A lady even started dancing once. And continued to do so for almost half an hour, making everyone in the store intensely uncomfortable.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: Isfahan on May 27, 2015, 05:36:39 pm
"If I do this everyone will marvel at what a free spirit I am!"
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: Nikaer Drekin on May 28, 2015, 08:55:15 am
"If I do this everyone will marvel at what a free spirit I am!"
Isfahan, May 27, 2015, 05:36:39 pm

Either this or they want some UPTIGHT NORMIE to shut them down so they can post about how brave and original they are online.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: goombapolice on May 28, 2015, 11:29:13 am
Part of me feels like that a highly restricted, cable television-esque internet would be a very good thing for a lot of people. Not that I'm endorsing it, because fuck that.

I bet if this dude didn't have the internet, he wouldn't be running around in a Naruto outfit.


Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: chases parked cars on June 08, 2015, 02:09:40 pm
Part of me feels like that a highly restricted, cable television-esque internet would be a very good thing for a lot of people. Not that I'm endorsing it, because fuck that.

I bet if this dude didn't have the internet, he wouldn't be running around in a Naruto outfit.
goombapolice, May 28, 2015, 11:29:13 am
On the contrary, the internet is repeatedly telling him not to do that. He's like Chris-chan; he's so deeply entrenched in his personal fantasy world that even reasonable people on the internet can't talk him out of the insanity.
Title: Tales from GameStop
Post by: Shell Game on June 13, 2018, 10:00:24 am
I know this is dead but i really want to know if anyone on the board now has worked at a GameStop/has stories. these are like candy to me and reinforce to avoid the place as much as i can