Mon 17 Oct 2011
(Local GameStop store. Noon on Tuesday)
Me (approaching counter): Hi.
Me: Do you have the Batman game?
GameStopper: What do you mean, ‘the Batman game’? There’s about forty of them.
Me: The…one that’s being advertised on the six-foot cardboard cut-out in front of your store?
GameStopper: You mean ‘Arkham City’.
Me: Yeah. The one that came out today.
GameStopper: Yeah, we’ve got it.
Me: Great. Can I have one?
GameStopper: Sure. Last name?
GameStopper: Last. Name.
Me: Why do you need my last name?
GameStopper: You did pre-order, right?
GameStopper: (incredulous) No?
Me: I mean…I don’t think so.
GameStopper: Hey Jared! Jared!
(Another GameStopper walks over)
GameStopper: Get this – this guy just asked me for a copy of Arkham City…
GameStopper: But he didn’t pre-order!
Jared: What? He knows it came out today, right?
Me: Look guys, do you have a copy or not?
Me: Can I have one?
GameStopper: (walks over and picks one up off a pile of fifty)
Me: Wow. Looks like I just made it.
GameStopper: Yeah, well, if this had been a few days from now…
Me: A real nail-biter. Thanks. (walks away)
GameStopper: Whatever. Jerk.
(Another customer walks up to counter)
Customer: Do you have that Batman game?
GameStopper: Which one? You know there’s about forty of them.
Customer: The one on that giant poster sitting directly behind you?
GameStopper: Oh, you mean ‘Ark…
Jared: Elvis! Did that last guy even pay for the game?
GameStopper: (scans up post) AW, FUCK!