Skip to main content

Best Buy employees chip in to buy a teen a Wii U

This is a nice thing.

Employees of the year – or at least of the holiday season – might belong to a Best Buy in New York.

After seeing a teen come in every day to play Super Smash Bros. on the store's demo Wii U, workers at the Valley Stream Best Buy chipped in money to buy him a gift: His own Wii U system, with his own copy of Super Smash Bros.

An employee, Rahiem Storr, posted video of the gifting to YouTube on Dec. 7.

He looks uncertain, at first. But one worker chimes in with encouragement: "No for real, this is for you. Consider it an early Christmas present."

Wii Us sells for about $300, and games around $60.

Since the video was posted, it's been picked up by places like Inside Edition, Huffington Post and CNN.

In a follow-up video, Storr said the teen was driven home to his parents' house, and they were "beyond welcoming."

He also addressed negative comments on the original video, including people saying they were tired of him coming by, or that race played a role and using slurs, or guessing he didn't have a TV at home.

"I wanna say about 80 percent of the comments are negative, and my problem with this is that this is exactly what's wrong with the world," he says. "You finally have someone trying to do something good, and rather than you congratulating that person or corralling around that person and building their confidence, you are all attempting to knock it down. I don't get it."

He later adds: "I understand the internet is full of trolls, but damn."

Anyway, good on you Best Buy team at Valley Stream. And teen in the video, we've all lost to King DeDeDe before, so don't sweat it.

Next Up

FatalEaganCrashSceneAug18

Eagan man killed after crashing into traffic signal

The 30-year-old crashed into a traffic light early Wednesday morning.

Melvin Carter

What's in Mayor Melvin Carter's budget proposal?

Here's what the St. Paul mayor is putting his focus on for the upcoming year.

WCCO building

Digital, streaming employees at WCCO-TV vote to unionize

The 15 employees will join on-air talent and producers as members of the SAG-AFTRA union.

unnamed-3

Police arrest man suspected of sexual assault, weapons threat in Eagan

The investigation prompted a SWAT response in an Eagan neighborhood on Tuesday.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 16

The latest reporting period averaged just under 1,300 new cases per day.

USATSI_12923669

Jason and Carly Zucker sell Edina home for $4.18M

The property was bought in 2020, months after Jason Zucker was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Legacy Lot Random (1 of 6)

Gallery: Luxury living is par for the course here

Cragun’s Golf Resort Communities Offer Stunning Views Along with Resort-Style Living

Screen Shot 2022-08-18 at 8.10.56 AM

Restrictions in place as Emerald Ash Borer found in Sherburne County

The county is now the 36th in the state with a confirmed presence of the invasive insect.

Fire, firefighters

Home that was scene of June standoff engulfed in fire

Authorities arrived to find the home fully ablaze.

Rosland park bridge

Crosstown Hwy. 62 reopens as footage emerges of truck hitting bridge

The westbound lanes were closed in Edina from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday night.

Related

Best Buy customers and employees raise $18.2 million for St. Jude

Best Buy took donations to St. Jude during the holiday season once again.

Best Buy is getting Nintendo NES Classics in

There's no way this leads to any irrational decision-making by people.

Video games have been good to Best Buy so far in 2017

Gee, were there any high-profile gaming releases in early 2017 ...?

Crazy early lines – and some complaints – for getting the NES Classic at Best Buy

What people went through to get their hands on a Nintendo NES Classic Tuesday morning.

Wii Sports is so old it's now 1 of 12 Video Game Hall of Fame finalists

The full list of finalists includes some old classics, and some newer games that will make you feel old.

Wii Sports is so old it's now 1 of 12 Video Game Hall of Fame finalists

The full list of finalists includes some old classics, and some newer games that will make you feel old.

This teacher's reaction when his class buys him a pair of Vans ????

This teacher wins for his totally genuine, excited reaction to the class' nice gift.