GameStop Tells Employees To Keep Stores Open During Lockdown: ‘GameStop is Classified as Essential Retail’
GameStop reportedly told its employees in a company memo to keep stores open no matter what during the coronavirus crisis — even during a lockdown — arguing its an “essential retail” company just like supermarkets or pharmacies.
The memo, which was obtained by gaming news website Kotaku, read, “Due to the products we carry that enable and enhance our customers’ experience in working from home, we believe GameStop is classified as essential retail and therefore is able to remain open during this time.”
“We have received reports of local authorities visiting stores in an attempt to enforce closure despite our classification,” the memo continued. “Store Managers are approved to provide the document linked below to law enforcement as needed.”
One GameStop employee called the policy “indefensible” in a comment to Kotaku, and the company received widespread condemnation on social media.
lol @GameStop consumers apparently disagree that you are “Essential retail”
Close your shit. https://t.co/iZ9UCOq1nA
— Joe Zieja (@JoeZieja) March 19, 2020
Well, @GameStop was already a dying brand, but this basically seals the deal. The callousness of this cannot go without condemnation.
— Kevin Hovdestad (@lackofrealism) March 19, 2020
jesus fucking christ: https://t.co/4g7T7wuF2T
— Chris Kohler (@kobunheat) March 19, 2020
GameStop is an “essential” business? GTFO https://t.co/tUxEf8JhSk
— Tony Polanco (@Romudeth) March 19, 2020
— Paul Tassi (@PaulTassi) March 19, 2020
This can’t be for real and yet I know it is … https://t.co/vwf6wrwVms
— Nick Tylwalk (@Nick_Tylwalk) March 19, 2020
— justin block (@JBlock49) March 19, 2020
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) March 19, 2020
Have a tip we should know? [email protected]