An employee at Best Buy is currently at risk of losing his job in a desperate bid to prevent a Nintendo Entertainment System Deluxe Set from being recycled.
Sharing his story on Reddit, a customer recently brought the set into the store to have it recycled as part of Best Buy's "Renew Blue" sustainability initiative. The bundle includes a NES, Zapper light gun and perhaps most importantly of all, a Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.). The latter is considered to be fairly rare today.
The original R.O.B. accessory worked with two NES titles in the "Robot Series": Gyromite and Stack-Up. Although it was only on the market for a short time, R.O.B. actually played a pretty crucial role in Nintendo's success in North America after the video game crash of 1983. It was pitched as a toy, thus making the system seem much more appealing to retailers. The rest, as we now know, is history.
The anonymous Best Buy employee had asked the store's manager if he could take the set home, but was quickly informed that he would be fired, as it was strictly against company policy.
He is now considering risking his job so as to ensure R.O.B. doesn't meet an unfitting end:
I tried everything I could at a store level to get the ok to take it...but to no avail...So now the gloves are off. I'm not letting him pull the plug on my Nintendo baby that is on life support, hidden from bad corporate policy.
The set has now been hidden in the store's warehouse, so that he has a couple of days to devise a plan to get R.O.B. out of there.
At this point this mission is a must. I'm doing it for everyone that's ever had a R.O.B.
We'll be sure to let you know if everyone's favourite Robotic Operating Buddy does eventually escape the corporate clutches of Best Buy's recycling initiative.