Best Buy employees chip in to buy Wii U for kid who visited store daily
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. – Employees at a Best Buy in suburban New York City decided to spread some holiday cheer by buying a Nintendo Wii U gaming system for a teen who was a regular at the store.
Rahiem Storr, one of the managers at the Valley Stream, New York, store, said the teen came in every day to play games on the store’s display system.
In an email to CNN, Storr said employees Kenneth Fernandez and Pal Ndoja decided to buy the teen the Wii U with their own money so he could play the game at home. The employees surprised the teen while he was playing the Wii U in the store.
The game system currently sells for $300 on Best Buy's website.
Storr posted video of the gift presentation last week on YouTube, where it's been seen more than a million times.
"On behalf of all of us here at Best Buy, we got you a Wii U," an employee said in the video. "This is something we did for you. Everyone here that you see, we all got together and chipped in so you could have it."
The gift left the teen almost speechless at first, but he grinned and wiped his cheek when he realized what was happening.
"No for real, this is for you. Consider it an early Christmas present," the employee told him.
Storr said his employees also bought the teen a copy of "Super Smash Bros.," the game he was playing, and gave him a ride home.
The teen's parents were "very welcoming" and have since brought the boy back to the store, he said.
"He just likes coming to Best Buy," Storr wrote on YouTube. "The employees in this store saw an opportunity to make a child smile and did just that."
Some people shared their concern in the video comments that the child may have been playing in the store to avoid going home, but Storr says Best Buy employees have met the parents and they are "very loving."
Storr said he was shocked by some of the negative comments on YouTube, and responded with this video:
Storr has monetized the video since he posted it to Youtube. He explained in comments that he intends to use money from the ads to buy games and attachments for the child.