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Irish grandfather Eric Nolan from Tyrellstown, Dublin has refused to accept HMV's decision to decline payment using store gift vouchers, walking out of an HMV on Henry Street with three games he didn't pay for.

Mr Nolan had bought his grandson a €40 HMV gift voucher for Christmas, with which he planned to buy three games. However, the store is no longer accepting vouchers after entering into administration.

"Somebody has made a conscious decision not to pay out on vouchers and it's despicable," Mr Nolan told the Irish Independent.

Mr Nolan didn't quite have enough in vouchers to cover the €46.80 cost of Euro Truck Simulator 2, The Sims 3 Town Life, and Rail Simulator priced, but plans to post the voucher plus the extra €6.80 to the HMV store.

"We are a nation of sheep – but I was determined to win this," Mr Nolan said.

"HMV have taken hundreds of thousands of euro from the Irish people this Christmas and we shouldn't put up with it."

Source: Irish Independent

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s_h_a_d_o@ Clockpunk

"Still, would it be worth a police record?"

Surely such a sacrifice is trivial, when one has the courage of one's convictions.
(pun not intended)
Posted 00:28 on 17 January 2013
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DancingRhino@ rbevanx

That's neither here nor there really though. I'm not really all for forgiving people, saying oh it's not their fault, they just work for the big evil company.

Uh yeah. They get a pay check to do it's bidding. In this case, legally the bloke is in the wrong but obviously morally HMV are. Thus the workers at HMV are the wrong-doers too.

It would be something I'd definately do when I was older and didn't care about the possible consequences of a criminal record. Couldn't do it now though.
Posted 19:08 on 16 January 2013
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I have nothing but respect for the guy but I wouldn't have the balls to do it, esspecially for something like 40 quid and doing it in front of people in the store losing their jobs anyway.

He's losing 40 quid and they are losing their jobs.
Posted 17:00 on 16 January 2013
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What a legend. Its wrong of HMV to not accept the gift vouchers, when people have paid for them!
Posted 15:58 on 16 January 2013
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That's one (upbeat) way of looking at it. :p

Still, would it be worth a police record?
Posted 15:40 on 16 January 2013
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munkee@ Clockpunk

1: HMV would likely be gone before it escalated to that point.

2: They wouldn't have the money to waste taking me to court.

3: If they did take me to court I would walk away with a caution, a fine of €40 and a huge media frenzy around me, which would likely earn me a fair amount of money though cheap news stories.
Posted 15:26 on 16 January 2013
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That would be tantamount to aiding and abetting... and an action likely to be taken seriously by the upper brass...
Posted 15:01 on 16 January 2013
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munkee@ altaranga

If I was HMV staff I would have let him go and not mentioned it. What would they do about it? Threaten me with a job loss?
Posted 14:53 on 16 January 2013
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It'll be interesting to see what, if anything, happens to him. What he's done is illegal. It's just a shame the law isn't always morally right (imo).
Posted 14:27 on 16 January 2013


Stealing is wrong!*

*I'm talking about HMV here, not the bloke!
Posted 14:10 on 16 January 2013
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I've sent my gift card to him so he can get me a game too.
Posted 14:02 on 16 January 2013
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Posted 13:52 on 16 January 2013
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What a hero. I love this guy!
Posted 13:40 on 16 January 2013
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'...Euro Truck Simulator 2, The Sims 3 Town Life, and Rail Simulator...'

I think HMV should pay the gentleman and shake his hand for taking this fine selection of...(please supply appropriate words). If the remains of HMV really wants some saving by the public or some last minute financial saviour, they should really stop pissing on the last few customers it's got. I personally would find it sad to see them go but they're not helping the situation.
Posted 12:51 on 16 January 2013
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