Throughout the country, many states are going on lockdown and forcing most businesses outside of “essential retail” stores like grocery shops and hardware stores to close up shop to help prevent the spread of illness.
According to a report from Kotaku, video game retailer GameStop is telling its employees to keep their stores open during state lockdowns because they consider themselves “essential retail”.
“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.
“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.
Let’s just say Gamestop’s decision to try to convince law enforcement that they’re “essential retail” isn’t going very well with the public.