Gamers Hideout Scandal Lands Them in Hot Water
The Gamers Hideout scandal will require a lot of damage control efforts because things are going way out of hand.
Update: Racial profiling is merely speculation, and most details were told from the viewpoint of the accused. Until we hear the statement from both sides, we cannot determine what truly went down. As such, the article has been amended. We are not, nor have we been, accusing Gamers Hideout of being racist. We do not condone racism of any kind, and we apologize to anyone that we’ve offended.
2nd Update: It appears that Holy Chit’s Facebook has disappeared. We’re not sure what caused the disappearance nor why but we’ve amended the link to his Facebook post with an archived version.
Whenever there’s a videogame retail store nearby, we gamers find it hard to resist to drop by the shop and take a look. Whether we have money to spend or not, just being inside and thinking about our next purchase is a joy in and of itself.
However, imagine if you’re just looking around at a videogame retail store and suddenly one of the workers accuse you of stealing their merchandise. It would instantly spoil your day, wouldn’t it? Well, that’s apparently what happened in the recent Gamers Hideout scandal.
Gamers Hideout Scandal: What Happened?
According to Facebook user Holy Chit (real name unknown at this point in time), the Gamers Hideout scandal happened during an outing with his friends at 1 Utama Shopping Centre yesterday. After having lunch, they decided to drop by Gamers Hideout to look at some of the games that were on sale at the time. They were then approached by the store manager, who asked them when they were going to return the game that they stole,
Surprised and caught off-guard by the manager, he simply asked when he did such a thing as he was completely clueless on what was happening to him and his friend at the time. The manager apparently became agitated and threatened to call the police on the matter. The group of friends weren’t allowed to exit the store and were forced to wait for the police to arrive.
They then watched the alleged CCTV footage of what the manager believes to be someone from the group stealing a copy of a game. He became angry and the person in the CCTV footage does not resemble him nor his friend Harits Azahar, who is also accused of wrongdoing.
Upon confirming the date of the CCTV footage (22nd February 2017), Holy Chit showed proof that he was not even remotely near to 1 Utama Shopping Centre and that in fact, he was at Central Festival Mall in Setapak with his girlfriend via a chat history timestamp.
This was not enough to convince the manager. Upon the police’s arrival, all of the accused’s personal identification cards were collected and the investigation began. After submitting the CCTV footage to the police officer, the manager was asked who he believed was the perpetrator, which is when the incident became even more confusing. The manager pointed to a different person instead, someone who is allegedly staying in Ipoh and has only reached the Klang Valley area the day before the Gamers Hideout incident occurred.
When the police asked for a final confirmation on the perpetrator, the manager apparently became uncertain. The only thing that was certain at that point was that the thief purchased a game and stole another game when the theft occurred. To prove his innocence, Holy Chit gave his Gamers Hideout membership card to show that he was not present on the day of the theft, and surely enough, it was true. Coincidentally, the thief’s name is close to Holy Chit’s real name, albeit with a different spelling so the police did not count it as evidence linking him to the crime.
Another thing that piqued the policeman’s curiosity is why the manager, or anyone managing the operations of the store on the day of the incident, did not make a police report about it. The manager apparently could not give an answer. The policeman then requested that the manager, as well as the accused party, to follow him to the investigation room. The manager declined, citing staff shortage and a high number of customers visiting the store as reasons to not go. Instead, he sent his off-duty supervisor to follow the policeman.
In the investigation room, the supervisor showed the CCTV footage once more, and the policeman allegedly laughed at it as it did not look anything like Holy Chit and his group of friends. Soon enough, the group of friends were free to go. Holy Chit then posted the entire incident on Facebook, which has since gone viral.
Keep in mind that this incident has only been told from the side of the accused. We have yet to hear from Gamers Hideout themselves. One thing’s for sure, this Gamers Hideout scandal has caused quite a bit of uproar on the internet, and has drawn the rage of netizens. The retailers’ image has been damaged, but until we hear an official statement from them, we cannot say for sure how legitimate the story is.
We will update this article as soon as we hear something from Gamers Hideout or any developments that come from this story.
Pokdepinion: If the CCTV footage truly shows a person that has a different look from the accused, this could possibly be a case of racial profiling by the manager. In which case, this is very unprofessional, and the Gamers Hideout scandal will truly damage the retailers image to oblivion. This is mere speculation however and should not be taken as fact however, and since we have yet to hear from Gamers Hideout, it’s best for me to not speculate on the matter further as it might cause unnecessary issues down the line. We are not, nor have we been, accusing Gamers Hideout of being racist.