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Best Buy Employee Risks Job To Save Nintendo R.O.B.

Posted on Thursday, March 28 @ 08:56:03 Eastern by
Notorious R.O.B.

If this rare overload of Nintendo nostalgia arrived at your place of employment to be destroyed, would you risk your job to save it? One Best Buy employee and Redditor did, and he managed to raise enough support to get the bigwigs at Best Buy to take notice.

It all started with this post this Best Buy employee made. In the post, Redditor ipoopinthesink, who likely doesn't actually poop in sinks given the integrity of his actions, explains that a customer dropped off this excellent condition NES Deluxe Set at his particular Best Buy location to be recycled. 

As you may already know, Best Buy offers free recycling through their Renew Blue program for almost any electronic device. I've recycled old printers and PCs there before myself. It's easy, and you don't have to pay.

Considering that personal information can be found on some of these electronics, company policy is to indeed recycle, and if an employee were to take the items home, they would be fired. The manager at this Best Buy explained the policy to the employee, to his dismay.

Knowing his job was on the line, the distressed employee stood by company policy and didn't take the NES and are R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy), and instead hid it in the store's warehouse to buy time—enough time to make waves throughout the company in hopes of saving this piece of history.

It worked.

A representative from Best Buy's Minnesota headquarters was dispatched to this employee's store to pick up R.O.B. and the NES, to bring back to the company's main offices to be put on display for all to see. A spokesperson for Best Buy said that it would serve as a bit of nostalgia for employees and visitors alike.

In the end, this Redditor didn't get to keep the Deluxe Set like he had originally wanted, but was more than satisfied in the fact that he was able to save such a rare item. Plus, he raked in that sweet, sweet karma.

"I just received word that Corporate is sending somebody to my store to pick up r.o.b. for display at Best buy HQ. I guess I'm glad that he won't be destroyed, and although I do not get to keep him, I'm glad that a lot of people will hopefully get to enjoy This majestic robot. It wasn't ever about his monetary value, it was about the child and classic gamer in me not wanting him to be destroyed. I feel like andy in toy story 3 seeing the toys get a better home."

Heartwarming, isn't it?
Tags:   Best Buy, Nintendo
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