If this story is indeed true, you may for the first time hear the words “heartwarming” and “GameStop” in the same sentence. Apparently a drama recently unfolded at the video game chain in plain sight of shift manager Kristen Wolfe. The incident involved a young boy (roughly 10-12) who wanted to buy games with female protagonists, along with a “girl color” controller. The boy’s father decided that there wasn’t enough testosterone in his son’s selection and proceeded to go apesh*t, threatening to “whoop” the child if he didn’t get something else. At this point, the kid’s older brother (a high school wrestler) stepped in, reportedly saying to his dad:
“It’s my money, it’s my gift to him, if it’s what he wants I’m getting it for him, and if your [sic] going to hit anyone for it, it’s going to be me.”
After the father gave his older son a “stern stare down” and left the store, “big brother kisses little brother on the head, and says ‘Don’t worry dude.'” Obviously, the older brother succeeded in showing his father how a real man acts.
Check out Kristen’s complete account of the incident after the break.
Dear Customer who stuck up for his little brother,
you thought I didn’t really notice. But I did. I wanted to high-five you.
Yesterday I had a pair of brothers in my store. One was maybe between 15-17. He was a wrestler at the local high school. Kind of tall, stocky and handsome. He had a younger brother, who was maybe about 10-12 years old. The only way to describe him was scrawny, neat, and very clean for a boy his age. They were talking about finding a game for the younger one, and he was absolutely insisting it be one with a female character. I don’t know how many of y’all play games, but that isn’t exactly easy. Eventually, I helped the brothers pick a game called Mirror’s Edge. The youngest was pretty excited about the game, and then he specifically asked me.. “Do you have any girl color controllers?” I directed him to the only colored controllers we have which includes pink and purple ones. He grabbed the purple one, and informed me purple was his FAVORITE.
The boys had been taking awhile, so their father eventually comes in. He see’s the game, and the controller, and starts in on the youngest about how he needs to pick something different. Something more manly. Something with guns and fighting, and certainly not a purple controller. He tries to convince him to get the new Zombie game “Dead Island.” and the little boy just stands there repeating “Dad, this is what I want, ok?” Eventually it turns into a full blown argument complete with Dad threatening to whoop his son if he doesn’t choose different items.
That’s when big brother stepped in. He said to his Dad “It’s my money, it’s my gift to him, if it’s what he wants I’m getting it for him, and if your going to hit anyone for it, it’s going to be me.” Dad just gives his oldest son a strong stern stare down, and then leaves the store. Little brother is crying quietly, I walk over and ruffle his hair (yes this happened all in front of me.) I say “I’m a girl, and I like the color blue, and I like shooting games. There’s nothing wrong with what you like. Even if it’s different than what people think you should.” I smile, he smiles back (my heart melts!) Big brother then leans down, kisses little brother on the head, and says “Don’t worry dude.” They check out and leave, and all I can think is how awesome big brother is, how sweet little brother is, and how Dad ought to be ashamed for trying to make his son any other way.