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Posted: 1/25/2002 5:48:24 PM EDT
I have a very good friend of mine just got a job at Blockbuster. On his first break he called me with a stern warning. Any Blockbust employee that sees any person with a firearm, they are to call the police immediatly. No questions asked. If they suspect a customer has a firearm, they are to call the police. To them, there is no difference between a lawful person carrying a firearm and a criminal robbing the store (His words, not mine). How can any company be that ignorant? I told him he never had to worry about that with me, because I would never go there again.
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 5:51:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2002 5:53:34 PM EDT by schapman43]
Hrmmm, I already hated blockbuster for making unauthorized charges on my credit card. Now I have more reason to hate them. I still wont shop there.

Thanks


Just in case you want to let them know what you think.

www.blockbuster.com/bb/about/contact/us/article/0,7716,ART-439%5ENT-ABT,00.html?

Remember if we dont let them know, who will?
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 6:02:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 6:05:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2002 6:06:25 PM EDT by BlackDog714]

Originally Posted By Aimless:
When Blockbuster first opened it's store in my town a sign was put up on the door that there were to be no weapons brought into the store with a picture of a revolver with the little circle with a line through it thingy. The sign disappeared quite awhile ago.



They have no sign in the window, it is their company policy. It wouldn't trouble me as much if it was an individual store, but it is the Corporate policy.
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 6:29:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 6:42:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/25/2002 6:45:35 PM EDT by FLGreg]
My thoughts exactly. If you have a CCW permit, the idea is to make sure it is concealed. If someone notices, then you have defeated the purpose of a CCW permit. I've been to Blockbuster many times "carrying" and never given it a second thought.

I know someone that works for blockbuster ( the wife of a shooting friend) who reiterated this "company policy". In Florida, if it is not posted then there is no worry.
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 10:05:52 PM EDT
In WA all you are likely to get is asked to leave the store by the PD. You may get "trespassed" which means don't come back again or else. The worst case scenario is brandishing or menacing and if that's the case who ever reported it had better be able to fully describe the gun to the PD.

Hell from now on I'll take 2 or 3 into Blockbuster with me.
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 10:27:35 PM EDT
I'm not at all worried about "being made" by some pimply-faced teenage Blockbuster clerk when I carry inside their store, which I've done many, many times.

The average person, and even cops don't seem to notice me when I carry. I look like anybody else and I do not fear being viewed as someone who looks like they have a gun.

After many years of CCW carry, it feels like it could be a cell phone on my hip instead of a pistol. I've learned how to keep a low profile and how not to turn, bend, or get caught in a wind revealing the gun or holster.
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 10:30:17 PM EDT
Blockbuster Sucks!
Rent somewhere else.
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 11:23:17 PM EDT
Arizona allows open carry WITHOUT a permit. If the sign isn't on the door, they can't do anything about it. I have carried open many places and hardly even gotten a second look. Now that I have my CCW permit, I typically carry concealed, but if for some reason it is seen or noticed by someone there isn't really anything they can do about it. If they called the cops and simply reported someone with a gun, the response would be "So. Is he committing a crime? No. okay....bye bye."


I LOVE this state.
Link Posted: 1/26/2002 4:15:01 AM EDT
Blockbuster was the target for a rash of armed robberies here in Cincinnati before the holidays. At least 10 if memory serves. That is probably why the corporate policy is what it is.
Link Posted: 1/26/2002 5:15:04 PM EDT
Just remember, even if their is a sign up, it must meet the statutory requirements to support a violation. In other words, if the letters are not the right color, size, font, etc., and the sign itself doesn't contain all the statutorily required language . . . they might as well not even put one up. I've read that the DA in Harris County Texas (Houston) doesn't even prosecute "sign-related" CHL violations, because they are easy to beat on the technicalities.

This is a case of "you can beat the rap, but you can't beat the ride."
Link Posted: 1/26/2002 8:01:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/31/2002 7:51:20 AM EDT
I e-mailed BB about this, and the response that I got says that CCW is okay if yo uhave a license. Here is the entire reply and my original e-mail at the bottom...


From BlockBuster
First, we want to thank you for your e-mail. Customer feedback is very
important to us we are glad you took the time to write because it gives us the
opportunity to respond to your concerns. At Blockbuster, we believe the key to
staying number one in our industry is to listen to our customers; especially if
a customer is dissatisfied with a product or service.

We want our customers and employees to feel safe while in a Blockbuster store,
therefore, Blockbuster does not allow customers, except for members of law
enforcement, to openly carry or brandish weapons in our stores. If a customer
enters a store with a weapon that is visible, employees are instructed to
contact the local law enforcement agency. Further, Blockbuster employees are
prohibited from carrying weapons of any sort into the store, on to company
property, or to any company function.

In states with concealed weapons laws, customers have the right to carry a
concealed weapon. The very nature of a concealed weapon is that it is concealed
and, as such, employees would not see it. However, anyone found carrying a
weapon in violation of the state law would be referred to the local law
enforcement agency.

Thank you for letting us know how we can better serve your entertainment needs.
We take your comments very seriously and welcome them, as a valuable tool needed
to improve the quality of our service. Please feel free to contact us anytime
in the future with your questions or comments regarding any of our services or
products.

Sincerely,
Blockbuster Consumer Services

a1911owne­r@mac.com on 01/25/2002 09:16:10 PM

To: Customer Service/RetailOp/Corporate/Blockbuster@BBEGI
cc:

Subject: Contact Us Form Response



Name: Tim

Email: a1911owner@mac.com
BB Store: 133 West Main St
Membership #:
Issue Category: corporate general contact
Issue: To whom it may concern.
I will no longer be renting movies at ANY of your stores due to your
corporate policy on guns. As a law abiding gun owner, if I choose to carry
a gun to protect my family, I cannot enter your store. So the only action
I can take to protect my family is to avoid your store.
Your company policy is ignorant and flies in the face of th Bill of
Rights. I hope that one day your company will change it's stance on the
Second Amendment, but until that day, I will just get my movies from other
places.
I will be termintating my membership tomorrow at my local Blockbuster.




Link Posted: 1/31/2002 8:16:38 AM EDT
For what it's worth, I have a few friends that have worked at one of Blockbuster's corporate offices here in Spartanburg, SC. I know they talk about hunting at work and have gone on hunting trips with coworkers. The last time I went to visit, I saw a hunting magazine in their lobby! I wouldn't flame them too hard even if they have a few idiot local managers. I've worked in several places (including now) where mentioning guns or hunting was verboten. They're better than that. They don't sound too anti-gun for a large company.z
Link Posted: 1/31/2002 8:38:53 AM EDT
Hydguy,
With their responce, would you go to BB?
I am a Florida CCW permit holder and frequent my local BB and I enter while carying. I have never had so much as a look from an employee.
What do you think?

Wcoyote



Originally Posted By Hydguy:
I e-mailed BB about this, and the response that I got says that CCW is okay if yo uhave a license. Here is the entire reply and my original e-mail at the bottom...


From BlockBuster
First, we want to thank you for your e-mail. Customer feedback is very
important to us we are glad you took the time to write because it gives us the
opportunity to respond to your concerns. At Blockbuster, we believe the key to
staying number one in our industry is to listen to our customers; especially if
a customer is dissatisfied with a product or service.

We want our customers and employees to feel safe while in a Blockbuster store,
therefore, Blockbuster does not allow customers, except for members of law
enforcement, to openly carry or brandish weapons in our stores. If a customer
enters a store with a weapon that is visible, employees are instructed to
contact the local law enforcement agency. Further, Blockbuster employees are
prohibited from carrying weapons of any sort into the store, on to company
property, or to any company function.

In states with concealed weapons laws, customers have the right to carry a
concealed weapon. The very nature of a concealed weapon is that it is concealed
and, as such, employees would not see it. However, anyone found carrying a
weapon in violation of the state law would be referred to the local law
enforcement agency.

Thank you for letting us know how we can better serve your entertainment needs.
We take your comments very seriously and welcome them, as a valuable tool needed
to improve the quality of our service. Please feel free to contact us anytime
in the future with your questions or comments regarding any of our services or
products.

Sincerely,
Blockbuster Consumer Services

a1911owne­r@mac.com on 01/25/2002 09:16:10 PM

To: Customer Service/RetailOp/Corporate/Blockbuster@BBEGI
cc:

Subject: Contact Us Form Response



Name: Tim

Email: a1911owner@mac.com
BB Store: 133 West Main St
Membership #:
Issue Category: corporate general contact
Issue: To whom it may concern.
I will no longer be renting movies at ANY of your stores due to your
corporate policy on guns. As a law abiding gun owner, if I choose to carry
a gun to protect my family, I cannot enter your store. So the only action
I can take to protect my family is to avoid your store.
Your company policy is ignorant and flies in the face of th Bill of
Rights. I hope that one day your company will change it's stance on the
Second Amendment, but until that day, I will just get my movies from other
places.
I will be termintating my membership tomorrow at my local Blockbuster.



hr
Link Posted: 1/31/2002 9:17:28 AM EDT
You guy are missing the whole picture. Read this again.

In states with concealed weapons laws, customers have the right to carry a
concealed weapon. The very nature of a concealed weapon is that it is concealed
and, as such, employees would not see it.

Does this say no?

If you were out in public and saw that someone had a gun poking out of there pants would you not be concerned?

Even as a CCW holder I would.

This Blockbuster Law only effects irresponsible CCW holders. (and open carry states but that is a whole other can of worms)

The name of the game here is keep it in your pants.
Link Posted: 1/31/2002 10:05:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hydguy:
I e-mailed BB about this, and the response that I got says that CCW is okay if yo uhave a license. Here is the entire reply and my original e-mail at the bottom...


From BlockBuster
First, we want to thank you for your e-mail. Customer feedback is very
important to us we are glad you took the time to write because it gives us the
opportunity to respond to your concerns. At Blockbuster, we believe the key to
staying number one in our industry is to listen to our customers; especially if
a customer is dissatisfied with a product or service.

We want our customers and employees to feel safe while in a Blockbuster store,
therefore, Blockbuster does not allow customers, except for members of law
enforcement, to openly carry or brandish weapons in our stores. If a customer
enters a store with a weapon that is visible, employees are instructed to
contact the local law enforcement agency. Further, Blockbuster employees are
prohibited from carrying weapons of any sort into the store, on to company
property, or to any company function.

In states with concealed weapons laws, customers have the right to carry a
concealed weapon. The very nature of a concealed weapon is that it is concealed
and, as such, employees would not see it. However, anyone found carrying a
weapon in violation of the state law would be referred to the local law
enforcement agency.

Thank you for letting us know how we can better serve your entertainment needs.
We take your comments very seriously and welcome them, as a valuable tool needed
to improve the quality of our service. Please feel free to contact us anytime
in the future with your questions or comments regarding any of our services or
products.

Sincerely,
Blockbuster Consumer Services

a1911owne­r@mac.com on 01/25/2002 09:16:10 PM

To: Customer Service/RetailOp/Corporate/Blockbuster@BBEGI
cc:

Subject: Contact Us Form Response



Name: Tim

Email: a1911owner@mac.com
BB Store: 133 West Main St
Membership #:
Issue Category: corporate general contact
Issue: To whom it may concern.
I will no longer be renting movies at ANY of your stores due to your
corporate policy on guns. As a law abiding gun owner, if I choose to carry
a gun to protect my family, I cannot enter your store. So the only action
I can take to protect my family is to avoid your store.
Your company policy is ignorant and flies in the face of th Bill of
Rights. I hope that one day your company will change it's stance on the
Second Amendment, but until that day, I will just get my movies from other
places.
I will be termintating my membership tomorrow at my local Blockbuster.






I recieved the same email
Link Posted: 1/31/2002 12:16:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By zoom:
They don't sound too anti-gun for a large company.



Blockbuster is a subsidiary of Viacom (Sumner Redstone, etc) just like CBS and MTV. That is where the directive comes from. THEY ARE ANTIGUN and have put out a lot of propaganda on the subject.
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