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  • Gamestop claims they are essential retail and are staying open during lockdown



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    The struggling video game retail chain GameStop told all of its stores this afternoon to stay open even in the event of state or city lockdowns to protect against the covid-19 pandemic, emphasizing that it is “essential retail” alongside groceries and pharmacies and should therefore be exempt from enforced closures.






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    “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,” the retailer said in a memo to staff this afternoon, obtained by Kotaku.






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    “We have received reports of local authorities visiting stores in an attempt to enforce closure despite our classification. Store Managers are approved to provide the document linked below to law enforcement as needed.”




    The document in question encourages police officers to call GameStop’s corporate headquarters if they have a problem with this policy.




    The retailer said later this afternoon that it would be reducing hours, postponing all events, and suspending used game trade-ins until March 29.






    source: https://kotaku.com/gamestop-we-can-s...wer-1842415962

     




    WTF they are delusional. Even without digital media theres no way you can argue that a game store is essential and with digital media this claim is even worse. I'm never setting foot in a gamestop ever again though I never really planned to anyways. Gamestop should receive huge fines for encouraging their employees to defy the law and authorities.




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