Originally Posted by mastahkaz
But again, why should Best Buy have to pay the expense of doing something like this? They never told anyone to camp out overnight. If people were to camp out for a week should they be forced to pay for a weeks worth of security? If anyone should be organizing these camp outs it should be Microsoft. But even thats pretty far fetched.
Speaking of far fetched, I'm not quite sure I buy your friends Police story in the first place. Why were they even called? Did someone in line overhear the kids speaking about selling their spot in line? If so did that person call 911? I really doubt the 911 operator would send an officer out over something like this. I've called 911 for things much worse and havn't had an officer sent to me. Also, how could the officer know for sure that's the reason the kids were there? They could easily lie and say "we're buying one". How would the officer know how much money the kids had? They aren't allowed to go though your wallet and count your money. Even if they didn't have cash, how do they know how much they have on their debit, check, or credit cards... how do they know it wasn't pre-paid (I doubt an officer would know BB wasn't doing pre-orders). I'm just saying, your friend might be BS'ing you. But who knows.
Because , No BB did not tell anyone to camp out your right. BUT bb did make marketing and adverstising plans along with a corporate decision to hoard/hold whatever xbox 360 stock bb had gotten since the nov 22 original launch date. bb knew due to all the high demand and low supply that people would be doing the campout thing again if bb had this "re-launch" type ploy.
The added expense would have actually gotten bb better feelings and good will rather than bad publicity and poor customer support. Just like if bb had an order system that would not allow overselling those xbox 360 online then people would not have that problem and complaint.
On the police incident, I was told that from my nephew who was camping out with a group. I talked to an adult who helped chaperone that group and he confirmed it. This bb is in a small high income suburb, that has a large tax base that gives them an overly staffed police force with very little crime. They are very attentive and protective of their small suburb city. not like the main metro city here where like you mention you are lucky if the police show up hours later or at all. It was called in not as a 911 emergency but like can you please send an officer when if available. This police force had 3 officers in the parking lot back at the Nov 22 launch. There was 1 16 year old, and the other 4 were younger, it seems 1 or 2 of them had been going up to people as they came into the waiting lines and were trying to pawn off their position at the front of the lines, what gota couple people mad was they told them they didn't have the money to buy one. The officers came and after conferring with the people who called they asked the kids to step out of line to answer some questions. When your 16 and younger you know at least 2-3 of them would pretty much tell the truth when they are questioned/confronted by police authorities. And just like when police ask for something if you allow it they are not violating your rights, these kids didn't have parents or lawyers with them. Look I agree the kids were not doing anything illegal the police did not say they were gonna arrest them, they just asked the boys to leave since there is a local curfew for kids and they did not have a chaperone. They did not search them the police just asked them if they had the cash or parents credit card to buy the xboxes. The officers told them they could stay and keep their positions at front of the line if they actually wanted to buy a xbox 360 when bb opened.
IF BB had a signup sheet so you could not sell your place in line this would never happened. just pointing out that if a company knows something like the campouts were probably going to happen they do have some sort of corporate responsibility.