Listener Homework: Dumbest Thing Said in a Store?
  • I worked at a game store in for 2 years and I have seen alot of stupid customers and stupid employees there but one of the dumbest things was this.

    Me: What are you looking for sir.
    Customer: I'm looking a good game for PS3.
    Me: Well thats like trying to find a needle in a haystack.[ we both laugh]
    Me: What kind of games do you like.
    Customer: I like violent games with alot of killing.[ so I show him call of duty 4 and resistence]
    Customer: can I see that assassin creed.
    Me: actually we call that game Ass Ass In Creed around here.
    Customer: yeah but Gamespot gave it a 8.5. So I want to get this.
    Me: Are you sure.
    Customer: yes
    So I sold him it, I died a little bit inside that day, Another one was by my manager at the time, now the only games my manager played were cute games and katamari and the customer was a adult mid 40's.

    customer: I'm looking for a fun shooting game for my 3 boys on the 360.
    Manager: how old are your sons.[ they were like 10, 12 and 16 can't remember exact age]
    manager: I played this game and loved it[she shows him hour of victory]
    customer: what kind of shooter is it.
    manager: its a modern day shooter[ hour of victory is a World War 2 game]
    customer: sounds perfect I will buy it.
    manager: great

    the customer paid $30 for a brand new copy as I am puting used games out on the shelves I see a used copy of rainbow six vegas sitting there for $25.
  • Me: Got any good RPGs for the Wii?
    Clerk: RPG?... You mean RTS?
    Me: ...
  • not game related but saw some one in my local shop asking over and over how much the milk was when there wasa big sign on the door saying MMilk 1pint £1.50 stupid poeple.lol
  • not the dumbest thing i've herd in a store but one time i went in my local Gamestop around 11:00am to make my pre-orders for NG2 & MGS4 (paid in full) and the two workers at the register (the two people in the store im friends with) are having a argument about which is better the Ps3 Or 360. i own both so i got into the conversation with them. They both made good point, but couldn't help myself to lean to the side of the 360 just because it has been more reliable to me then the ps3. Also i was selling GH3 for the PS3 so i can get it for the 360 and that petty much ended the "fight".
    It wasn't dumb it was just funny.
  • Well i work at a music/movie/game store...and this is about a movie. topic title says nothing about games : D

    sp anyways, my manager was helping this lady find a good movie, so he shows her Children of Men....

    Manager: yeah here is a good one, Children of Men.

    Customer: Oh yeah, what is it about?

    Manager: Well basically it is set in the future when people cant have kids anymore, but a girl gets pregnant and there are a group of people who are trying to keep her alive so she can save the world (or whatever, dont remember the exact description)

    Customer: Oh wow, is it a true story?

    Manager:......no



    This lady was ENTIRELY serious!!! hahaha
  • I was at Wal-Mart, and someone who had a Wii wanted to buy some GameCube games (e.g. smash bros. Melee, etc.) since there's backward compatibility.

    Customer: If I buy a GameCube game, can I play it on my Wii?
    Employee: Yes, as long as you have a memory card and a GameCube Controller.
    Customer: I don't. Do you have those in stock?
    Employee: No, we don't sell them anymore. We just have the GameCube games.
    Customer: Then, what's the point?
  • joeodell said:
    Cleark: This is a great game.(FFXII) You don't want to miss out on this.

    He even gave me a £5 discount so that I could buy the game.

    EDIT: I was once mistaken for a gamestation employe because I was flicking through the games really fast to find ratchet and clank 2.


    Wow...That's weird 'cause I reserved my collector's edition of the game and strategy guide. I loved that game to death
  • Jaspey007 said:
    [quote=joeodell]Cleark: This is a great game.(FFXII) You don't want to miss out on this.

    He even gave me a £5 discount so that I could buy the game.

    EDIT: I was once mistaken for a gamestation employe because I was flicking through the games really fast to find ratchet and clank 2.


    Wow...That's weird 'cause I reserved my collector's edition of the game and strategy guide. I loved that game to death[/quote]

    Okay you loved this game just one question did you ever play FFX. If you compare the two you will see that FFXII fails to offer great minute to minute game play like FFX did. I also think that I gave the game more off a chance than I would have if it had not been final fantasy.
  • Wow, this thread really really makes me want to work at Gamestop so I can help the less privilaged parents and kids out there who are clueless about gaming.

    To stay on topic though, I know I found one of my favorite series from a local trade in store that we have in town. My parents walked in and told the guy what type of games I enjoyed. The guy there was really cool, and actually found me two really nice games that I still enjoy today. Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy X.

    That was a great Christmas when I opened those two games I had no clue about. Good thing that they turned out to be so good. Wow. I just rambled a ton didn't I ?
  • Me trying to buy GTA IV:
    Me:"Do you have GTA IV in stock?"
    Clerk:"No, we're all out. Don't bother checking other stores either because it's sold out everywhere."
    Me: "I don't think so..."
    *I go to best buy and look at the 360 shelf and see approximately 50 copies of GTA IV"
    My mind: "Wow...."
  • Not all Gamestop employees are ignorant, moronic bastards. Yesterday, I needed to get a new copy of Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, and the clerk was... sensible. I asked him for a new copy because of unbearable lag when I went to a weapons vendor. He asked me if another game worked, and when I said no, immediately gave me a new copy. (Well, I also had the receipt)
  • allhailthetv42 said:
    Not all Gamestop employees are ignorant, moronic bastards. Yesterday, I needed to get a new copy of Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, and the clerk was... sensible. I asked him for a new copy because of unbearable lag when I went to a weapons vendor. He asked me if another game worked, and when I said no, immediately gave me a new copy. (Well, I also had the receipt)


    Same here. Not the R&C thing but the gamestop employees.
    My guitar hero 3 controller won't work so i found the receipt and went to the store. It was after the 7 day replacement for games that are defected, but the guy still replaced the guitar for me.
  • I got a good one. I was in the middle of buttfuck oregon. On the corner of "my sister are is hot" and "boy your mouth looks purty". I had an hour to kill while Jaded_Sapphire delt with some personal stuff. So I went into the local Game Stop. This girl came in and wanted to buy Half Life 2 for her son (good call I have to say). The person working there all most got her to pay $20 for the game and $15 more for the two episodes... so I walked up. Asked her if she works on commision or if she just gets a kick out of screwing people. I handed the ladie a $17 copy of Orange Box and went on my way.

    I was in this same store a few months later. This guy wanted to buy a copy of Legendary. The person at the counter said it was not a good game. (I have yet to play it so I cant say) He talked the person out of buying it. (Which if it is a bad game that's a good call). the customer then asked what's a really good sci fi shooter for his new 360. The guy working there had no idea... So being the helpful smart ass I am I gave the guy a copy of Bioshock. Told him it's the best shooter for under $20 you can find. The guy who works there then told me how he never played it but he's having a great time playing Assassin's Creed. Game Stop employees are retarded.
  • When I was buying I think the Orange Box, an elderly couple walked up to the counter with a ps2 disc in hand saying that soemthing must be wrong with the game becuase it wouldn't play on their grandsons ps2. The cashier took one look at teh disc and was polite enough to show it to me. It was the most scratched disc i have ever seen, like someone took it to a sanding machine. Although I'm not sure whos to blame, if the old couple was really that stupid, or if GameStop really tried to sell that game like that.

    And on another note the most stupid thing I have seen at a Game store, becuase it is more personal, was my father buying my sister a horrible Wii game against my recomendations, becuase he said it looked "fun" when in reallity it was a shitty japanese mini game game that really didn't make any sense and that my sister played for an hour and never again. $25 wasted. Although I'm now leaning him towards some of the funner looking games thta recently came out for the Wii.
  • well, I worked at GameStop for over 8 months last year so I know a lot of stories.

    At first, I don't really get your impression of the clerks in the US. All the stores I know here in Germany are really great and I only met a few black sheeps (one douche that got me fired for example >.>) but normally they are friendly, know their stuff and don't try to sell you crap.

    I got two interesting storys. One random and the other is game ralated.

    1.) I was just walking around the store and saw some older guy searching through the Wii games. So I ask him if he need help. He wanted to know a few things about the Wii itself and started the most retarded conversation ever.

    "My friend told me you can also play PS3 and 360 games on the Wii"
    "No sir, you can't. Only Wii and GameCube games"
    "So you say my friend is a lier?"
    "Well, he's just wrong"
    "But I trust him and I think you are wrong and don't know shit!"
    "Ehm sorry, I work here because I know a lot about consoles"
    "Then you should get fired!"
    "Eh...what?!"
    "Yeah, it seems you have absolutly no idea of this!"

    So I walked away and saw that he bought he bought the Wii.

    One week later he comes back with the Wii, goes to the counter and yells at my manager: "This piece of crap is broken. You sold me shit. I can't even play PS3 and Xbox games on it!"

    The face expression of my manager and all people around him was just priceless. Yeah, people are stupid.

    2.) So, some gangster kid walks in and buys GTA and Madden (what a surprise xD) and leaves the store. I then talk to my colleague and notice that he forgot his PSP.

    Because we two had nothing else to do we turned it on and were shocked. This dude had child pornographie on as his background and a 2GB card full of other fucked up shit.

    He never came back to get it xD


    Oh, I forgot about another crazy story. A younger man comes to me and says:" I have around 5.000 new copies of PSP, PS2, WII and 360 games. What would I get here?"

    You can imagine the rest ^^
  • Locke said:

    That leads me to my question/comment: Do you help people who are obviously struggling in the shop while looking for video games? Notable stereotypes come to mind are:
    1) The mother who wants a cheap babysitter - has money, doesn't care how much it is...just as long as it keeps her kid quiet
    2) The "I have no idea about video games, but want to play SOMETHING" customer.
    3) Nerd fanboys who "know everything about anything" and refuse to listen to advice/suggestions about GREAT games
    4) The poor kid who spends his saved up money on a shitty game (usually come in pairs) and get a game based on ridiculously arbitrary characteristics such as box art, or if you can play 2 player, or just wants a game RIGHT NOW.


    I go out of my way to help number 4, as well as the mother of number 4 that wants to get their kid something really nice, but doesn't have the first clue about gaming. I also sympathize with the kids of number 1, and will make suggestions on their behalf, playing up the hours of enjoyment that comes with some of the games.

    I was scanning the GameStop once when a few kids came in and with their mother. Their rule was that they were only allowed to buy a used game, as they didn't have much money to spend. They were going to get some Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob garbage, so I thought an intervention was in order.

    I asked them if they liked Disney characters, and they said "Yes." I also described to them this amazing game where you have to push a ball around and make it bigger and bigger. The story is weird, but the game itself is really a lot of fun. Their eyes lit up as I described that you start out picking up thumb-tacks, and by the late game you are picking up cars and elephants.

    They walked out of the store with Kingdom Hearts and Katamari Damacy, and I felt that I had done my good deed for the day.

    Re the homework: I think the stupidest (read: saddest) thing I ever heard came from a mother that wanted to buy Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for her 8 year old son. The guy behind the counter tried to talk her out of it, saying that it was a bad game and that it was worse than any of the others. I could see the moral dilemma that she was facing in not wanting to be a bad parent, but also in not wanting to disappoint her son. Finally, she asked what the rating was, and he told her that it was "M for Mature," thinking that it would prevent her from buying it.

    "Oh, it's OK then. He has a lot of games with that rating.'

    Sad.
  • Well, I haven't said many dumb things at stores, but I work at a resturaunt and boy do some people say dumb things. The most common for me is this one.

    Just one simple question: How big is your 5 Dollar footlongs?

    If you don't understand WHY that's the dumbest question someone can ask, then you are either the person who asks how long a 5 dollar footlong is or the person who asks how much the 5 dollar footlong costs... :P but you're all bright people, so I doubt you wont understand :)
  • You want some fries with that shake?
  • This is a true story in a gamestop, I couldn't help but listen in after I heard the first thing the customer said. (These aren't exact perfect quotes but they're pretty close. Also the employee looked about 18-19 and I guess was just being really mean.)
    Customer: I'm trying to find a good game for my child. I know there's some pretty bad games out there and I want to get one that's age appropriate. I own an Xbox 360 if that helps.
    Employee: How old is your child?
    Customer: 9.
    Employee:I would suggest Bioshock.
    Customer: Is it violent? (looking at the game) The front image looks a little scary...
    Employee: It's not that bad. Your kid will have fun playin' it.
    Customer: What does the "M" stand for.
    Employee: Don't worry it means mild.
    Costomer: Okay thanks I'll get.
    He then bought the game and left. I can only hope that he read the back of the game before he got home. Otherwise I can't imagine the horror for that poor kid. That's the only really good story I have...
  • iamtheplauge said:
    This is a true story in a gamestop, I couldn't help but listen in after I heard the first thing the customer said. (These aren't exact perfect quotes but they're pretty close. Also the employee looked about 18-19 and I guess was just being really mean.)
    Customer: I'm trying to find a good game for my child. I know there's some pretty bad games out there and I want to get one that's age appropriate. I own an Xbox 360 if that helps.
    Employee: How old is your child?
    Customer: 9.
    Employee:I would suggest Bioshock.
    Customer: Is it violent? (looking at the game) The front image looks a little scary...
    Employee: It's not that bad. Your kid will have fun playin' it.
    Customer: What does the "M" stand for.
    Employee: Don't worry it means mild.
    Costomer: Okay thanks I'll get.
    He then bought the game and left. I can only hope that he read the back of the game before he got home. Otherwise I can't imagine the horror for that poor kid. That's the only really good story I have...


    I would have intervened. It is jerks like that that give gamers a bad name. Giving your opinion is one thing, but misrepresenting the rating can (and should) get the store fined.

    In fact, I probably would have asked to speak with a manager, and then would have asked the customer if he would mind if I reported this story it to the local newspaper. They might not care...but in my small town it might be a big story. If it hits the six O'Clock news, it's probably going to cost that jerk his job. As it should.
  • Yeah it's people like that who give gamers bad names.

    I have a pretty good one, not really dumb, but more cute and funny.

    I saw a mom pushing one of those baby carts with a kid ~1-2 years old in it. There was another boy about 7-8 walking in the parking lot eating a banana. I saw him throw the peel infront of the cart and yell at his mom for cheating when she didn't spin out after running over it.
  • just looking around for games for either my psp, wii, or 360 when i hear at the front counter, 2 women (can you imagine??). 1 is the customer (c) and the other is the employee (e)
    C: i need to buy the... uhh... halo...
    E: ok maam, which one?
    C: the uhh... new one... (picks up an action figure) the one that has him (masterchief) in it!
    E: well maam, all 4 games out currently have him in--
    C: ...and this one! (picks up an elite)
    E: oh... yes maam, you must be talking about halo 3...
    C: no no no no it was uh.... halo... uh... conflict? (with this huge-ass poster that almost covers the wall has in big ass font "Halo Wars")
    E: (looks up in computer)... maam, no such game exists. we currently have halo: combat evolved, halo 2, halo 2 multiplayer map pack, and halo 3. (not to mention the big signs that say HALO WARS!!! WE HAVE COPIES!!! LOOK ON OUR SHELVES OR ASK THE EMPLOYEES FOR YOU COPY TODAY!)
    C: well then, ill take one copy of halo 2 multiplayer map pack, please.

    shit, it was like watching retards trying to hump a doorknob! i mean, cmon!
  • i went to an electronic botique games EBGAMES on the 13 to buy ResedentEvil5 and i asked the guy n girl for a copy of ResedentEvil5 they were all like OMG ITS OUT and i was like yeah can i get a copy and the girl was like we haven't opened our new games box i was like FUCKINGIDIOTS and was kicked out for making a scene and my grandma was like go to future shop i reserved u that ResedentEvil game so i bought the limited edtion and now im in the ResedentEvil5 IGC
  • thebgbb said:
    [quote=iamtheplauge]This is a true story in a gamestop, I couldn't help but listen in after I heard the first thing the customer said. (These aren't exact perfect quotes but they're pretty close. Also the employee looked about 18-19 and I guess was just being really mean.)
    Customer: I'm trying to find a good game for my child. I know there's some pretty bad games out there and I want to get one that's age appropriate. I own an Xbox 360 if that helps.
    Employee: How old is your child?
    Customer: 9.
    Employee:I would suggest Bioshock.
    Customer: Is it violent? (looking at the game) The front image looks a little scary...
    Employee: It's not that bad. Your kid will have fun playin' it.
    Customer: What does the "M" stand for.
    Employee: Don't worry it means mild.
    Costomer: Okay thanks I'll get.
    He then bought the game and left. I can only hope that he read the back of the game before he got home. Otherwise I can't imagine the horror for that poor kid. That's the only really good story I have...


    I would have intervened. It is jerks like that that give gamers a bad name. Giving your opinion is one thing, but misrepresenting the rating can (and should) get the store fined.

    In fact, I probably would have asked to speak with a manager, and then would have asked the customer if he would mind if I reported this story it to the local newspaper. They might not care...but in my small town it might be a big story. If it hits the six O'Clock news, it's probably going to cost that jerk his job. As it should.[/quote]

    Watch this. It parodies GameStop and their "policies," including what you're talking about. (P.S.: I would have intervened too. That's really not okay.)

  • Oh, I left off the part were the worker got fired. I didn't mean it to be hilarious. (I know he got fired because I see him a lot and one day he dissapeared so I asked the manager. I don' t know if he was fired because of that incident, as he should have been but I do know he was fired. Gaming justice is served.)
    I just meant it to show how cruel employees can be.

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