The staff of the Gateway Mall GameStop were fed up with the company’s treatment.
Despite its prevalence as a meme stock, GameStop has accrued a bit of a sour reputation in the last few years for overworking and overstressing its retail location employees. Sightings have cropped up around the country of stores suddenly shuttering while staff take an unauthorized break after becoming absolutely exhausted. This past weekend, over in the Gateway Mall of Lincoln, Nebraska, the local GameStop shuttered in a similar manner, though unlike those other stores, it’ll probably be a while before it reopens.
In photos captured of the closed store posted to the Lincoln subreddit, a large sign could be seen posted to the inside of the store’s windows informing customers that the store’s staff had decided to walk out, and would not be returning.
“We regret to inform you that we all quit,” the sign reads. “Our District Manager has no respect for us as employees or as human beings. We have been told by our district manager that we were supposed to have had this store achieving sales quotas and running perfectly 6 months ago. Which was 3 months before alot (sic) of us even got hired. Unfortunately, despite the staff’s best efforts, we are not god.” The sign then listed the addresses for several other locally-owned game stores for customers to visit instead.
Over the weekend, a GameStop in Lincoln, Nebraska was closed after four employees decided to walk out and never return over bad working conditions and a verbally abusive district manager. https://t.co/lWh4NUahps
— Kotaku (@Kotaku) June 7, 2022
In an interview with Kotaku, the store’s manager, Frank Maurer, outlined the extremely hostile conditions of the store, including stringent quotas, minimal resources, and low pay for both himself and those and under him. He also highlighted the store’s district manager, who was regularly abusive to both him and the staff, repeatedly threatening their jobs and livelihoods.
“For my health I had to leave,” Maurer said.