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Should Have (Game)Stopped Right There

, , , , , , | Right | September 14, 2020

It is around the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One. We have a store meeting about the new consoles coming out, their launches, the holidays, and protecting our product throughout the season.

Technically, we keep our products locked up behind our counter and have empty display cases out on the floor. If a customer wants to look at something before they’re sure whether or not they want to purchase it, we’re supposed to go out on the floor and show them a display case for them to look at. We’re only really supposed to let them see live product at the time of purchase. Otherwise, they could possibly just bolt out of the store with it in their hands and we’ve lost the store product and money, and we’re not allowed to leave the store and go after them.

A few days after that meeting, last Wednesday, a gentleman was in the store asking about the FIFA/360 Controller bundle. The box had a special edition FIFA 14 controller and the game brand new.

He first asked if I could take out the controller and allow him to hold it and look at it, and I informed him that I could not open new product behind the counter without the item having already been purchased. So, he asked if he could hold the case for it, and I informed him that live product was not allowed from behind the counter, period, until time of purchase.

The customer got irate and began to talk about how at the other [Store] he’d been going to for twenty years, they would always allow him to hold something. While I said that, yes, typically, if we have a regular, trustworthy customer who we are used to seeing in the store, we’re pretty lenient; however, since he was not a regular at our store, I couldn’t make the exception.

He then asked to speak to a manager and I told him that I was the current manager on duty and that it is company policy. He asked if he could look at the brand-new NBA 2k14 that was behind me, and I said he could pick up the display case out on the floor but I couldn’t let him hold the game itself just to look at. And I even informed him that we had just had a store meeting involving this very subject a few days prior.

Two other customers, who are regulars and who typically don’t ask to look at things behind the counter, came to my defense, telling him I was just doing my job, and that just because other employees at another store might bend the rules, it didn’t mean I necessarily could in my area.

But the customer was so upset that he recorded a video of me on his phone saying that it was company policy that I could not allow someone to look at live product from behind the counter without having to physically ring them up through the transaction and have them pay.

The gentleman then went to another branch of our store and showed them the video of me saying that. They even told him there that I was correct, and doing my job properly, and that he really had no complaint against me. After he left, the manager on duty at the other store actually called me and told me about him stopping by and about them defending me. It was a nice experience, to be generous about it.

I have no problem with the customer; if his home store does it for him, then fantastic! We do it for our regulars half the time, as well. But I was going by the book for someone who I did not know fairly well, and I may have miscommunicated my attitude about the situation, but I made it very clear I was doing my job properly and thoroughly.

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