Modern Warfare 3 subject of Best Buy bomb threat

We know; sometimes it's frustrating to find out that a game that you wanted to buy is sold out at your favorite retail store. But according to the 9news.com web site, a man in Aurora, Colorado went way too far in explaining his frustrations to the employees of the local Best Buy store after finding out that the location had sold out of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on Tuesday.

The story says that 31 year old Lomorin Sar was arrested by the police after he started yelling at the Best Buy store's customer service desk. He claims that he pre-ordered Modern Warfare 3 but he later discovered that the store didn't have any more copies available after its midnight launch event for Activision's first person shooter.

The story claims that he allegedly threatened to shoot Best Buy employees in the store parking lot and also threatened to blow up the store itself. After he left the store, employees contacted the police who arrested him outside the store and issued Sar a summons for disorderly conduct.

Getting all riled up just because a video game isn't in stock is no reason to threaten anyone, no matter if you mean to do it or not. We suspect that Sar feels really embarrassed about his actions toward the Best Buy associates and will hopefully learn a valuable lesson; just wait a few more days until the store gets another shipment.

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Well, a person got robbed at my GameStop store. He bought 3 games, and got robbed by a handgun over a stupid game? People take the crap too serious. It's a freaking GAME. Get it off the net, or something.

KomaWeiss said,
Well, a person got robbed at my GameStop store. He bought 3 games, and got robbed by a handgun over a stupid game? People take the crap too serious. It's a freaking GAME. Get it off the net, or something.

I imagine the robber wanted to sell the games for crack, and a few beers. Doubt he was jonesing for some more achievements

Oh no!!! Video Arcade game violence!!! This is what is does to people. He probably was normal until these video games turned him into a lunatic..

Never buy anything from Best Buy, I went there two weeks ago and bought two of their Western Digital 2TB Hard drives. When I opened them I had drive that was fine and the second that was an 80GB drive with a black label on it that said it was 2TB's yes I tested the drive it was obviously not even close to being a Western Digital 2TB drive. So I took it back, and the drive I received was a Western Digital 2TB drive BUT not the same type or model number as the first one. What a terrible experience with terrible quality control. I will never buy anything from them again...I should have just gone to Fry's. The thing that is upsetting is that they will not open the box to verify the model numbers are the same until you purchase the drive. Makes for some interesting shopping to say the least.

This is why you don't pre-order from Best Buy. They do not understand what the concept of pre-order is. You pre-order, they put your copy on the shelf on the floor.

They view pre-orders as a minimum sale amount for the product, they aren't smart enough to put it behind the counter like GameStop and hold a copy for those who pre-ordered.

zeke009 said,
This is why you don't pre-order from Best Buy. They do not understand what the concept of pre-order is. You pre-order, they put your copy on the shelf on the floor.

They view pre-orders as a minimum sale amount for the product, they aren't smart enough to put it behind the counter like GameStop and hold a copy for those who pre-ordered.

Well at GameStop basically just makes you wait in line to show you bought the game, or going to pay it off. Once you do that you get a number on your receipt. Then about 10 minutes prior to midnight you have to wait in line. But then again, whoever gets in line first gets it, even if you got a lower number. o_O.

We had like 250 copies of MW3 at our store. I don't know, if that is per console, or a total.

It amazes me that a video game would be sold out everywhere. The guy should have tried WalMart. The place I know in town that is never sold out because no one ever thinks about it is Sears. People don't remember that they sell console games there, and they tend to have titles at launch.

Everyone flocks to Gamestop (uhg) and Best Buy.

I have heard worse: Apple user here in town got mad that they were out of iPad2's, so much so that he threatened to tromp out of the store like a 2-year old and buy another brand Tablet elsewhere. Sad sight to see. (...and I made that whole thing up LOL)

We suspect that Sar feels really embarrassed about his actions toward the Best Buy associates and will hopefully learn a valuable lesson; just wait a few more days until the store gets another shipment.

Well, John Callaham, while it is not right to threat another person, you should have focused your article in HOW BESTBUY FAILED, I just read that he (Sar) PREORDERed a copy and the store was sold out? I mean how come a threat is penalized with a summons and bestbuy goes unharmed? And it is invalid to minimize this because 'its just a videogame', the item in question is irelevant, the fact that the store took money for an early order and didn't respect it is what should be penalized. That's why I never preorder anything... I walked yesterday at noon into my local videogames store and asked for 2 copies of MW3 and they asked if I had a preorder ticket, I said 'do I need one?', the said 'no' and gave'em to me (in exchange of money of course), the only difference is that I didn't got a MW3 Tee and a wallpaper... OMG! maybe Im in part responsible for his behaviour!

Nah! seriously, big stores shouldn't do that to their costumers, and even more, to the ones that put their trust in them.

Heh well look what happens when some governments don't get their own way, or other countries don't come through for those governments.. they usually end up going in and blowing something up!

Well here is the thing.... Best Buy sold him a pre-order and a promised copy. This story should be how Best Buy once again failed a customer.

sava700 said,
Well here is the thing.... Best Buy sold him a pre-order and a promised copy. This story should be how Best Buy once again failed a customer.
It's not clear whether BB took his money already or he just called and asked someone to put a copy aside. If it's the former, BB should give him a discount or some other gesture of good will for not delivering on their side of the deal. Though, I am sure there is some legalese in Ts & Cs that covers their liability in such situations.

From another source:

Lomorin Sar, 31, grew irate after the employees of the store said they did not have his game. The manager offered him a gift card or an upgrade to a more expensive copy of the game, but Sar would not have it.

Hardcore Til I Die said,
I'M GOING TO BLOW UP GAMESTATION IF IT DOESN'T HAVE SKYRIM ON FRIDAY!!!!

For the intellectually challenged: this is not a serious threat


I called China, the wanna be internet police!

Same issue happened with Forza 4 and Gears of War, Best Buy keeps letting people pre-order even if they don't have the copies to fulfill the order. I understand his anger but there was no reason for his actions. Just go to Wal-Mart or Target and pick the game up...

He needs a life and BestBuy needs to re-assess their employees. If he pre-ordered the game, the store should of had his copy there regardless and not sold it. If he didn't have a pre-order than he should go to anger management class.

Titoist said,
He needs a life and BestBuy needs to re-assess their employees. If he pre-ordered the game, the store should of had his copy there regardless and not sold it. If he didn't have a pre-order than he should go to anger management class.

Why would you put the responsibility on the employees when it was very likely not that particular stores fault. Considering this seems to be a continual problem for BestBuy it is probably an issue in how their corporate offices have organized their pre-order system. Sounds like they may not be marking the pre-order shipments correctly or may have not shipped them on time.

rafter109 said,

Why would you put the responsibility on the employees when it was very likely not that particular stores fault. Considering this seems to be a continual problem for BestBuy it is probably an issue in how their corporate offices have organized their pre-order system. Sounds like they may not be marking the pre-order shipments correctly or may have not shipped them on time.

This. They should not be allowing people to preorder games that they will not have on day one. Honestly, they really shouldn't. And they certainly shouldn't be selling it to others that have not preordered until all of their preorders have been accounted for. GameStop did this to me a few years ago and it was rather aggravating. It most CERTAINLY does not justify his actions here whatsoever, but it is understandably frustrating and belies an issue that these stores need to address.

ftwr said,
Self control fail.

Exactly. I can completely understand being upset if you've reserved a game and they don't save a copy for you (I've had it happen to me at GameStop), but this is just nuts...