My brother finally learned his lesson

Demon2005

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so my 14 yo brother wanted to get BF Bad Company for 360. he didn't have enough cash, so he decided to trade in a couple games. despite numerous warnings by myself and our other brother, he went to EB Games. He has done this before, and still has a trade-in credit there of like $4.50.

Anyways, I walk into EB with him and he proceeds to tell the clerk that he wants to trade in 2 games and use the credit toward BF. well the clerk gets all high-horsed (like I knew she would) and says that me being a brother isn't good enough to get the game. That he needed a parent and that they would warn the parent about everything in the game. Dejected, we walk through the mall to Future Shop and he has no trouble trading the games and getting BF with me present. Now walking back through the mall he flashed the game at the EB clerk as we passed the store.

I hope now that he will finally listen when I say that EB is the worst place to do any kind of gaming business.
 

Metfanant

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[QUOTE="Demon2005, post: 0]
I hope now that he will finally listen when I say that EB is the worst place to do any kind of gaming business.[/quote]

they are the worst because they refused to break the law and sell the game to someone not old enough to purchase it??...awesome logic on your part...
 
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Let me get this straight, you are an adult, you were going to buy the game for your younger brother, and she denied you?

Sooooo, I don't see the logic. I wasn't even aware a clerk could deny a customer the right to purchase something.
 

Cuguy

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[QUOTE="Rapture, post: 0]Let me get this straight, you are an adult, you were going to buy the game for your younger brother, and she denied you?

Sooooo, I don't see the logic. I wasn't even aware a clerk could deny a customer the right to purchase something.[/quote]

Overprotective cashier probably, but maybe she had been burned before on people "posing" as older siblings. They can get fined if they sell a Mature rated game to someone under 17, or at least I am pretty sure they can. 99% of the stores out there could care less tho LOL

The ESRB does say parent or guardian, but do brothers shopping constitute a guardian?
 

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The ESRB does say parent or guardian, but do brothers shopping constitute a guardian?[/quote]

I think if they're looking after them full time, thats guardian, but if he has another carer, parent/grandparent ect, then it's just siblings.
 

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[QUOTE="MedicDog, post: 0]I think if they're looking after them full time, thats guardian, but if he has another carer, parent/grandparent ect, then it's just siblings.[/quote]

THIS
 

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It's like when I was getting trained to work in Sainsbury's, we weren't allowed to serve a customer if we suspected the product was for someone under-age, even a child or toddler.

If there was an action man DVD which was rated say age eight, if there was a minor present who appeared to be below that age we would first ask the parent and then the child, normally the child wouldn't lie and if we say "Is this video for you?" to the child they would say yes because they don't know about licensing laws etc and wouldn't think there's anything wrong with them having the DVD.

And to be honest, I wouldn't have served you, I wouldn't risk putting my job on the line, the store getting a fine or even going to court so that some little kid gets to play a game. For all you know, every couple of months they send in people undercover and under-age to see if they're able to buy age-restricted products. Is it really worth selling something when you know the risks?
 

Metfanant

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[QUOTE="Cuguy, post: 0]but do brothers shopping constitute a guardian?[/quote]

not in the eyes of the law...there is a legal process one must go through to be considered a "guardian." which would include the parents loosing all legal rights to the child in question and the brother would be legally responsible for the actions of the child as a minor...
 

Spider

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lol @ you guys...

its not a law... its a store policy...

there is no law in america that says you have to be a certain age to buy a video game :lol:

she was doing her job true... but it not like he was asking her to break a law... hahahaha
 

Demon2005

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lol I guess I should have put more words into my OP.

I got no problem with the law. To me, it's the same as cigarettes or alcohol. I just wish it was upheld or not upheld the same across all stores. and what I meant about EB being the worst is not just the insane amount of hoops you have to go through to trade in games, but their mark-up on new games as well. ($3-$5 more expensive then anywhere else).

after wards we were talking and my brother suggested that when the EB clerk said "are you his brother?" I should have said "no I'm his Dad, I just didn't have a condom small enough for me when I was 11"
 

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[QUOTE="Demon2005, post: 0]lol I guess I should have put more words into my OP.

I got no problem with the law. To me, it's the same as cigarettes or alcohol. I just wish it was upheld or not upheld the same across all stores. and what I meant about EB being the worst is not just the insane amount of hoops you have to go through to trade in games, but their mark-up on new games as well. ($3-$5 more expensive then anywhere else).

after wards we were talking and my brother suggested that when the EB clerk said "are you his brother?" I should have said "no I'm his Dad, I just didn't have a condom small enough for me when I was 11"[/quote]
its not a law...
 

Spider

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[QUOTE="Demon2005, post: 0]your post snuck in while I was typing mine. Would you like me to edit it?[/quote]

nopeeeeeeeeeeeee
just making sure you kno its no a law...
 
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Spider - That's what I was thinking. I could have sworn there was in fact no law stating you had to be 18, it was just a store policy. Fat hobbit has had many travels, can tell many things.

I still think it's absurd she denied an adult the right to buy a video game. I'd personally be pissed off.
 

Spider

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[QUOTE="Rapture, post: 0]Spider - That's what I was thinking. I could have sworn there was in fact no law stating you had to be 18, it was just a store policy. Fat hobbit has had many travels, can tell many things.

I still think it's absurd she denied an adult the right to buy a video game. I'd personally be pissed off.[/quote]
its the same with movies... only thing kids are not allowed to see is porn... but they can still go into r-rated movies... just its up to the movie theater policy...

i have learned much in my travels :lol:

i interned at a gamestop in highschool... and they told me all about the rule (which they were very against)
 

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[QUOTE="Bitbydeath, post: 0]Moral of the story, next time lie and say your his guardian.[/quote]

I thought the moral was "Don't bring your 14 y/o brother to buy an M-rated game, just buy it yourself then give it to him outside the store."

What's the difference?
 

sainraja

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[QUOTE="Cuguy, post: 0]Overprotective cashier probably, but maybe she had been burned before on people "posing" as older siblings. They can get fined if they sell a Mature rated game to someone under 17, or at least I am pretty sure they can. 99% of the stores out there could care less tho LOL

The ESRB does say parent or guardian, but do brothers shopping constitute a guardian?[/quote]

They can just ask for an ID card if they are worried about people posing as siblings.

Refusing to sell the game to someone who can buy it legally is just their loss.
 

wonders1982

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[QUOTE="X-Frame, post: 0]I thought the moral was "Don't bring your 14 y/o brother to buy an M-rated game, just buy it yourself then give it to him outside the store."

What's the difference?[/quote]

This is what I'd of done but he maybe wanted to know what he'd get for the 2 games he was trading in first.
 

Spider

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[QUOTE="Demon2005, post: 0]pretty ridiculous, lose customers because you are anal about a store policy.[/quote]
if you are above 17 she should have let u buy it no matter what...

she does not know the actual policy