ExtremeTech reports GameStop shops in Philadelphia are now demanding fingerprint scans before you can trade in used games! GameStop claims the company started collecting fingerprints at the request of the Philadelphia police department but it seems the company isn't legally required to do so:
Speaking with the local CBS affiliate, Philadelphia City Solicitor Shelley Smith explains that pawnbrokers are required by a local ordinance to fingerprint their patrons. Despite its obvious similarities with traditional pawnshops, GameStop isn’t legally required to fingerprint its clients. Not content to simply badger its customers to pre-order games, the GameStop leadership has decided to proactively begin treating its clientele as criminals.
George Orwell's 1984 (Big Brother)In a statement made on Friday, a GameStop representative claims that the company started fingerprinting consumers in Philly stores “at the request of the Philadelphia police department.” Even though it seems it isn’t legally required to take and store fingerprints, GameStop doesn’t mind inconveniencing its clientele for the Philly police department. The representative went on to explain that other GameStop locations across the US have similar hurdles in place depending on the state and local regulations. However, GameStop is currently “reviewing the process” to discern if the Philly fingerprinting fiasco is worth the hassle.>/blockquote>