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(Orlando Sentinel)   Man robs Gamestop, absconds with a gaming console and tens of dollars   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 42
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2014-07-16 01:12:45 PM  
Does Gamestop have a robbey policy where you leave with less than you came in with as well?
 
2014-07-16 02:02:52 PM  
He'll be back next week to trade it in for $4.86 in cash, or $5.00 store credit
 
2014-07-16 02:04:04 PM  
Did he get a badge for that?
 
2014-07-16 02:05:58 PM  
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2014-07-16 02:07:27 PM  
I'm always sort of surprised Gamestop stays in business somehow. There is 2 that I go by regularly and there never seems to be anyone in them.
 
2014-07-16 02:10:19 PM  
Actually, it was just 10's of store credit and an empty box...
 
2014-07-16 02:11:19 PM  
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2014-07-16 02:13:12 PM  
So Battletoads 2 finally came in?
 
2014-07-16 02:14:59 PM  
A PS Vita? Hahahahahaha
 
2014-07-16 02:18:32 PM  
How to rob a Gamestop:

1. Wear hoodie and glasses
2. Find strip-mall location
3. Have buddy park car behind store
4. Walk in, walk in the backroom door, grab a few consoles/handhelds. They won't stop you, physically.
5. Leave via fire exit in the back room
6. Be gone before the fire dept arrives

This whole process should take about 30 seconds. Don't bother with the cash, there usually isn't much, as most people in that store run things on CCs and gift cards.
 
2014-07-16 02:19:00 PM  
Leeroy Jenkins?
 
2014-07-16 02:22:04 PM  
I bet he asked them to give him the most expensive console and they gave him what they've been trying to get rid of anyway.
 
2014-07-16 02:22:42 PM  

Bugerz: I'm always sort of surprised Gamestop stays in business somehow. There is 2 that I go by regularly and there never seems to be anyone in them.


We have three within relatively close proximity of one another.  One of them does ridiculous business; the other two may as well have tumbleweed blowing through them.  I go there when I need to unload games, or when the kids want a particular game.
 
2014-07-16 02:24:15 PM  

Bugerz: I'm always sort of surprised Gamestop stays in business somehow. There is 2 that I go by regularly and there never seems to be anyone in them.


Really. There's one in the mall by me, and it's so damned tiny, with such a pitifully limited selection.

Meanwhile, this is just a few miles away:

s3-media3.ak.yelpcdn.com

The place is a fairly-good-sized warehouse that's only gotten bigger over the years. You can buy everything from a used Atari 2600 (seriously!) or original Nintendo, with a wide selection of games for every imaginable platform. Want a Sega Genesis or NEO GEO with a bunch of games? They've got it. Want to relive some of the funnest games you've ever played with a Nintendo 64, SNES or a Playstation 2? Check, check and check. Want a brand new X-Box One or Playstation 4? They've got it.

Gamestop is just pathetic.
 
2014-07-16 02:25:32 PM  
He got a Vita? Jesus Christ what a stupid criminal
 
2014-07-16 02:29:38 PM  
I hope they can stop this guy before he graduates to video rental stores, or book stores.
 
2014-07-16 02:35:45 PM  

jso2897: I hope they can stop this guy before he graduates to video rental stores, or book stores.


If he sticks with gamestops, we should just give a mask, cape and a spotlight with his sigil.
 
2014-07-16 02:40:07 PM  
the comments on that link is funnier than the article
 
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2014-07-16 02:47:50 PM  
They'll find him when all the shiatty DRM starts to call home.
 
2014-07-16 02:50:18 PM  

grinding_journalist: Walk in, walk in the backroom door, grab a few consoles/handhelds. They won't stop you, physically.


Yeah, that's a terrific idea, especially since all consoles have unique serial numbers that can be instantly traced the second they go online.
 
2014-07-16 02:53:34 PM  

Bugerz: I'm always sort of surprised Gamestop stays in business somehow. There is 2 that I go by regularly and there never seems to be anyone in them.


Think about it this way: they don't have much overhead, but they can pay 5$ for a game and turn around and sell it for 20-50$. That's a huge profit margin. Not even factoring in demographics gathering, warranty sales, etc.

Even just selling new games, they've got a small but tolerable profit margin. But the pawn shop method is what makes them cash. Plus as a national chain they can ship purchased product to whatever region it's selling hotter in, and so on. Since they don't have any full time employees, and basically short shift everyone as much as possible, even a less profitable shop still damn near needs to work to go out of business.
 
2014-07-16 02:56:19 PM  

Glitchwerks: grinding_journalist: Walk in, walk in the backroom door, grab a few consoles/handhelds. They won't stop you, physically.

Yeah, that's a terrific idea, especially since all consoles have unique serial numbers that can be instantly traced the second they go online.


Not to mention, some stores don't have a fire exit in the back room. The one I worked in one holiday season had a tiny, locked storeroom/office with no other door besides the one that connected to the sales floor. Employees and former employees are the first ones the police talk to when things like this happen, too
 
2014-07-16 03:02:46 PM  
He would have stolen a game or two for it as well but the staff won't let you do that without trying to talk you into stealing the strategy guide that goes with it as well and/or signing up to steal future releases when they come in.
 
2014-07-16 03:03:34 PM  

Glitchwerks: Yeah, that's a terrific idea, especially since all consoles have unique serial numbers that can be instantly traced the second they go online.


Not unless the the police subpoena that information.  Which is doubtful considering the low value of what he stole.
 
2014-07-16 03:05:53 PM  

gingerjet: Not unless the the police subpoena that information.  Which is doubtful considering the low value of what he stole.


You're right, they probably won't.  However, if he makes a habit of this they may eventually.
 
2014-07-16 03:08:34 PM  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: So Battletoads 2 finally came in?


I don't know. I keep calling about it but the clerks seem pretty hostile. In another four or five years I'm going to give up.
 
2014-07-16 03:15:37 PM  
http://actsofgord.com/
 
2014-07-16 03:19:44 PM  
Quick CSB: I was in a GameStop when it was robbed a few years ago. The robber got away with a few hundred bucks. He wanted an Xbox 360, but when the manager said he would have to go into the back to get one he changed his mind. At one point, he threatened to shoot me because he thought I was calling the cops. (I had my hands in my pockets.) Strangely, I wasn't the least bit frightened. I guess video games and violent movies have desensitized me a bit. He ended up robbing a bunch of GameStops and a few Famous Footwear stores before he was caught.
 
2014-07-16 03:22:49 PM  

Bugerz: I'm always sort of surprised Gamestop stays in business somehow. There is 2 that I go by regularly and there never seems to be anyone in them.


I buy most of my games there.  I also buy most of my games after they've been out for a year or so.
 
2014-07-16 03:25:53 PM  
So some guy robbed a gamestop at gunpoint with no mask to get $300 worth of crap. Considering armed robbery (especially with a firearm) is a serious, violent offense that can often fetch double digit PMITA prison time, I'd say this guy might have a crack problem.
 
2014-07-16 03:28:22 PM  

gingerjet: Glitchwerks: Yeah, that's a terrific idea, especially since all consoles have unique serial numbers that can be instantly traced the second they go online.


Not unless the the police subpoena that information.  Which is doubtful considering the low value of what he stole.


The last time I was called up for Jury Duty, the entire case hinged on whether the games and the xbox the perp stole from someone's house were valued at GameStop or WalMart prices.

/Walmart prices would put him away for fifteen years, Gamestop only two years.
//There was no question as to whether he did it according to the xbox serial number
 
2014-07-16 03:34:31 PM  

kroonermanblack: Bugerz: I'm always sort of surprised Gamestop stays in business somehow. There is 2 that I go by regularly and there never seems to be anyone in them.

Think about it this way: they don't have much overhead, but they can pay 5$ for a game and turn around and sell it for 20-50$. That's a huge profit margin. Not even factoring in demographics gathering, warranty sales, etc.

Even just selling new games, they've got a small but tolerable profit margin. But the pawn shop method is what makes them cash. Plus as a national chain they can ship purchased product to whatever region it's selling hotter in, and so on. Since they don't have any full time employees, and basically short shift everyone as much as possible, even a less profitable shop still damn near needs to work to go out of business.


Buddy of mine used to work at Gamestop.  Part of how they make money is by squeezing the employees as hard as they possible can, and that includes the store managers.  His store was in a very busy mall and so did very well, but a lot of the people who shop there are travelers or tourists so their preorder numbers would always come in below whatever quota some dipshiat suit would set, and he watched three store managers get ground into dust and quit.

I generally buy fewer games and play them longer/keep them for good, plus I almost always wait a few months or a year or so for non multiplayer games to go down in price, so I don't really understand the buy every new thing and trade it in mindset.  He told me that more than a few people would buy a game and then bring it back the next day, or even  later the same day to trade it in for credit.  No wonder they make money.
 
2014-07-16 03:36:00 PM  

thrasherrr: gingerjet: Glitchwerks: Yeah, that's a terrific idea, especially since all consoles have unique serial numbers that can be instantly traced the second they go online.


Not unless the the police subpoena that information.  Which is doubtful considering the low value of what he stole.

The last time I was called up for Jury Duty, the entire case hinged on whether the games and the xbox the perp stole from someone's house were valued at GameStop or WalMart prices.

/Walmart prices would put him away for fifteen years, Gamestop only two years.
//There was no question as to whether he did it according to the xbox serial number


Yes.  The serial number that is written on the back of the console and most likely was given to law enforcement by the person he stole it from (or his insurance company).  But I seriously doubt law enforcement sent a letter to Microsoft asking where this serial number logged in from.  It just simply doesn't happen in 99% of all cases.
 
2014-07-16 03:39:39 PM  

Bugerz: I'm always sort of surprised Gamestop stays in business somehow. There is 2 that I go by regularly and there never seems to be anyone in them.


Where do you live?  LOL

Seriously...  The main GameStop by my house is always packed.  There are usually 3 people working, and they are ALL busy, and there is always a line.

It's extremely rare to be in an out of there in less than a half hour.
 
2014-07-16 03:57:58 PM  

gingerjet: Yes.  The serial number that is written on the back of the console and most likely was given to law enforcement by the person he stole it from (or his insurance company).  But I seriously doubt law enforcement sent a letter to Microsoft asking where this serial number logged in from.  It just simply doesn't happen in 99% of all cases.


Actually, all they have to do is call.  It's that easy.  If your XBox is stolen, you can do it yourself and request that Microsoft notify the authorities when that machine goes online.  They can also brick the machine too, preventing access to your account.  There was a Kotaku article about that very thing, I believe.

Serial numbers aren't just stickers on the back of the case, they are in the hardware itself.
 
2014-07-16 04:16:37 PM  
The GameStop in my town finally went out of business a few weeks ago.
 
2014-07-16 04:53:25 PM  

CCCarnie: Quick CSB: I was in a GameStop when it was robbed a few years ago. The robber got away with a few hundred bucks. He wanted an Xbox 360, but when the manager said he would have to go into the back to get one he changed his mind. At one point, he threatened to shoot me because he thought I was calling the cops. (I had my hands in my pockets.) Strangely, I wasn't the least bit frightened. I guess video games and violent movies have desensitized me a bit. He ended up robbing a bunch of GameStops and a few Famous Footwear stores before he was caught.


Famous Footwear? Never heard of it.
 
2014-07-16 05:05:08 PM  

Mr. Ekshun: CCCarnie: Quick CSB: I was in a GameStop when it was robbed a few years ago. The robber got away with a few hundred bucks. He wanted an Xbox 360, but when the manager said he would have to go into the back to get one he changed his mind. At one point, he threatened to shoot me because he thought I was calling the cops. (I had my hands in my pockets.) Strangely, I wasn't the least bit frightened. I guess video games and violent movies have desensitized me a bit. He ended up robbing a bunch of GameStops and a few Famous Footwear stores before he was caught.

Famous Footwear? Never heard of it.


*notsureifserious.jpg*

But in case you were serious, it's just a big "payless shoes" type of store.  It's about the only place that stocks shoes larger than 12 as well as having wider shoe widths available.

/just got 2 pairs of shoes from FF about 1-2 months ago
//still not satisfied with the shoes but...they'll do
 
2014-07-16 05:05:49 PM  

Mr. Ekshun: Famous Footwear? Never heard of it.


It's a shoe store that specializes in selling popular shoe brands under MSRP. (Usually by selling shoe styles from last year.) There are around 1000 stores in the US.
 
2014-07-16 07:15:51 PM  

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How come I've never heard of him?

 
2014-07-16 11:22:29 PM  
Last time I went to a Gamestop was the try and get a copy of Oblivion on opening day for PC.

No luck.

The Target right next door had plenty of copies.
 
2014-07-17 12:01:53 AM  

gingerjet: thrasherrr: gingerjet: Glitchwerks: Yeah, that's a terrific idea, especially since all consoles have unique serial numbers that can be instantly traced the second they go online.


Not unless the the police subpoena that information.  Which is doubtful considering the low value of what he stole.

The last time I was called up for Jury Duty, the entire case hinged on whether the games and the xbox the perp stole from someone's house were valued at GameStop or WalMart prices.

/Walmart prices would put him away for fifteen years, Gamestop only two years.
//There was no question as to whether he did it according to the xbox serial number


Yes.  The serial number that is written on the back of the console and most likely was given to law enforcement by the person he stole it from (or his insurance company).  But I seriously doubt law enforcement sent a letter to Microsoft asking where this serial number logged in from.  It just simply doesn't happen in 99% of all cases.


In my case, law enforcement had Microsoft verify that that console was used at the victim's IP address prior to being recovered from the perp's house.
 
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