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Parody Gamestop Training Video Pokes Fun

| 25 Feb 2009 15:18

A fan-created parody video telling "Gamestop employees" how to treat female customers is so awkward and hilarious that it almost seems like the sort of training video a giant corporation might actually release.

On the one hand, the tongue-in-cheek style of the parody is obvious: "Ima Smartone," the instructor, has an English accent that sounds so painfully fake it's almost impressive. The whole thing is done in a Crocodile Hunter / Animal Planet style, further adding to the absurdity.

On the other hand, despite always being just one step shy of horribly offensive - referring to different types of female customers as "hunters" and "gatherers," for instance - it somehow feels ... oddly plausible. We live in a world where corporate executives greenlighted the SongSmith commercial, after all: Maybe I'm a cynic, but I can see this actually passing muster at some companies.

Or maybe it's the fact that in the few months I worked at a Gamestop during my college years, I saw conversations between employees and customers that were eerily like the ones in this video.

I guess the moral to take away from all of this is that you should never underestimate peoples' capacity for stupidity.

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