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New Philadelphia GameStop Policy Requires Customer Fingerprints When Trading In Games

•, Steve Tawa

When GameStop buys used video games from customers, the chain says it is following a local law that allows the store to collect thumb prints, which go into a database to help law enforcement track down thieves who fence stolen goods.

City Solicitor Shelley Smith says, however, the city is not requiring GameStop to abide by the pawnbroker's ordinance:

"What GameStop does doesn't meet any of the elements of the definition in the code, so the pawnbreaker ordinance doesn't apply to GameStop."

Folks outside a GameStop in Center City tell KYW Newsradio they were not thrilled with the company policy for anyone selling used games to the store:

"I really don't appreciate it. You fingerprinted me like I'm in a police district. No, I'm at a game store."

"That is a little absurd, it's just a video game."

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