Sat, 29 Jan 2000 18:29:42
To the CEO of Books a Million
Dear Sir or Madame,
During the summer of 1999 my daughter and I discovered the Pokemon
League sponsored by our local Books a Million store on Okeechobee Blvd
in West Palm Beach Florida. We went every week to enjoy the organized
play and trading sessions that were held at that store. The gym
a young lady named Ana, was courteous, helpful and provided a positive
experience for my daughter. I made the decision to purchase a discount
card at that store and spent several hundred dollars, not only on
Pokemon products, but books and magazines for myself. After the end of
the Leagues season in November, we looked forward to the beginning of
the new season the beginning of January.
On January 8, 2000, we went to the store to participate in the Mew
giveaway and to register for the new season of play. We had decided to
attend the league at the books a million store again because of our
experience the year before. On January 8, we were given the Mew card and
told that the season would start the following week and that is when we
On January 15, we were told that Ana, the gym leader,
was very sick and
that we were welcome to come to the store, but none of the organized
activities would take place. Again an the 22nd, no league. By this
it had become too late to join any of the leagues sponsored by
They were full and had no room for additional
children. After being told on the telephone that Ana was back and that
the league would begin on
the 29th we went to the store and discovered that there was no league.
Several of the parents went to the store manager, a fellow named Mike,
and told him that the parents would be more than glad to volunteer to
fill in, run the league and organize the events as needed for free.
the manager stated that as far as he is concerned the league is
and that the kids could use the room for trading or play, but there
would be no organized activities, promotions, badges, or any other
that the kids were looking forward to.
What I am asking you to do is to intervene on the behalf of our
children, the children of your customers that spend lots of money in
your store, to allow the parents that want to help your store provide
with an organized Pokemon League. The Books a Million store has
the best environment for many children to enjoy this past time in a
location. Please allow us to give them the total experience so they
earn their badges and get points for official standing in the National
Pokemon League ratings.
Thank you for your time.
ps. I will be sending a copy of this e-mail to Wizards of the Coast,
manufacture of the game and to PoJo.com, the number one Pokemon
that gets tens of thousands of hits per day and is viewed by kids and
parents all over the world that buy books. Have a nice day. Chris-----