First, I'm sorry this is poorly written. I've had to sum it up quickly, I'm currently at work and on my lunch break. This was originally posted on the official Games Workshop facebook page in the discussion thread for rants, so I will just copy and paste it from there. Thank you for reading.
Games Workshop USA dealt a death blow to the South Jersey wargaming community yesterday. At the GW Vorhees in Echelon Village, New Jersey, our local store manager is lovingly refered to as "The Emporer" or "Our Fearless Leader" and many other names. This guy was so beloved by our community, that as a redshirt, GW corporate recieved enough mail from our community that they elevated him to store manager. Since then he has taken #1 in sales last year and #2 in sales this year, out of all of America. As of yesterday, this great man was fired. Why? A few months ago, he was forced to ask a customer to leave for cursing repeatedly in front of other customers including women and children. I have a seven year old daughter myself and this kind of thing infuriates me, so I respect that he had the courage to ask them to leave. This was after he had politly asked them to stop several times before. Since then, this crude person and his friend made a fuss, purely out of spite, to the store manager's superiors. Did GW USA act professionaly and investigate? Look at the evidence as to how great an employee he is and how loved by his community he is? No. They show up in force, like a bunch of thugs and make all of us leave the store, lock the doors for an hour and then walk him to his car and make him leave right there on the spot. This is outrageous. Everyone in our group is furious about what GW USA has done, it was completly unjustified and inappropriate. Games Workshop stores are not a McDonalds where you place an order with some snot nosed teen you'll never see again. This gentlman has become a close friend to all of us, in store and out. We have a huge respect for him, and most of us come purely because he was the manager. Before he worked there, I didnt bother making the 45 minute drive because the current store manager was lazy and unproffesional. GW USA will come to regret their decision and I hope that the parent company, the origins of this great hobby we love so much, you in Great Britain, will take notice and investigate what was done here. We have a community page with over 140 people on it, everyone of which is pledging to no longer support the store under its new management. Many are even saying they will be moving on to play Warmachine. This is disappointing to hear, I have been a Games Workshop enthusiast for 20 years now and I'd hate to see the hobby die in our area. PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS INJUSTICE!! Sincerly, Josh Austin. Dedicated Games Workshop hobbiest since 1992.