A Nebraska video game store has been forced to close after four employees quit, citing bad working conditions. GameStop employees at the Gateway Mall in Lincoln left a nasty message alerting customers that their employment has been terminated. A Reddit post showed a notice reading, “We regret to inform you that we all quit” taped to the store’s front window. The message also stated, “Our district manager has no respect for us as employees or as human beings.”
The employees went on to explain, “We have been told by our district manager that we were supposed to have had this store achieving sales quotas and running perfectly months ago. Which was months before a lot of us even got hired. Unfortunately, despite the staff’s best efforts, we are not god. Spend your money at an establishment that respects its employees,” and included a list of competing local businesses.
Former shop manager Frank Maurer addressed the walkout to Kotaku, saying, “For my health, I had to leave.” Maurer further alleged that despite being paid very modestly, he was required to meet near impossible sales targets. He said that his district boss was abusive to him and that he was not given adequate retail training. According to News.com.au, a separate group of GameStop employees walked out in Lincoln, Nebraska, earlier this year and another shop under the same district manager shuttered after a walkout.
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