Public Officials' Video Game Purchases Face Scrutiny

February 27, 2009 -

At least two public officials are under scrutiny after purchases of video game products with tax dollars.

In Louisiana, Monroe City Schools Superintendent James Dupree (left) has been called on to explain using his business credit card to purchase a Nintendo DS and two games for $195 at a local GameStop last November.

The News-Star reports that, along with the DS, Dupree bought copies of SAT/ACT Coach and Brain Age Training. In a response to the newspaper's request for records, Dupree wrote:

All items were purchased to pilot their usability for SAT/ACT prep and recall skill building in relation to performance target objective No. 1.

Dupree said yesterday that the DS and games are sitting in his office as he has not yet found the time to use them. After checking them out himself, he plans to pass them along to a student.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Michael Gobb, former executive director of the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, has resigned following a spending probe. The state Auditor General's office found more than $500,000 in questionable expenditures by airport execs, including a $4,400 tab at a strip club as well as multiple Nintendo Wii bundles.


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Re: Public Officials' Video Game Purchases Face Scrutiny

As you guys have mentioned already, this is quite blown out of proportion. I think in this case it's the thought that counts. It was meant as something productive. Borderline, but still I think the scrutiny isn't warranted.

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Re: Public Officials' Video Game Purchases Face Scrutiny

Since recession has hit our country in 2007 it resulted loss of job to millions of people. That’s why lots of people today are struggling hard just to meet their ends. There are some people today that are relying for financial assistance like credit cards hoping that it could help them to their financial needs. But sadly, there are lending companies today that instead of helping their consumers to their financial problem they are luring their consumers into debt trap. At last, the CRL takes a stance with what resembles a common sense approach; a call to action regarding something to do with the problem.  (Now we have to deal with the horsemen, the rain of fire, and the end of days.) The CRL, or Center for Responsible Lending, has taken aim at credit cards by sponsoring HR 627, or the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009.  The Credit CARD Act, as it's called, could ensure more fairness in how card companies deal with customers, and limit things like hidden fees and retroactive interest rate increases.  President Obama is on board.  The CRL not going after installment loans and targeting an actual predatory lender – it's about time.

Re: Public Officials' Video Game Purchases Face Scrutiny

If you drop $4,400 at the shakey-shake club, does the No Touching the Dancers Rule still apply or can you slap that ass?

Re: Public Officials' Video Game Purchases Face Scrutiny

Depends on if there was a private negotiation for exchanged goods or if you just threw the cash on the stage.

Re: Public Officials' Video Game Purchases Face Scrutiny

This appears to be a rather questionable article.

We have 2 different men who are being accused of the same "crime".

On the one hand we have a teacher who bought a DS and what i'm sure are some of the most unintresting titles out for the DS.  I was expecting something salacious from the way the article started.

If he'd bought final fantasy, advanced wars, or the guitar hero ds I *might* have batted an eye but that doesn't even look remotely inappropriate.  I'd put the first guy more in the category with the librarians who are being roasted for playing guitar hero on company time.

Did you pull this from another outlet dennis?  There are two seperate links there for the story but what i'm questioning is the legitimacy of putting both people in the same story, they seem to have very little in common despite the headline.

Re: Public Officials' Video Game Purchases Face Scrutiny

One bought educational titles for students and the other bought some time with candy at the strip club and games... Where do you see the discrepancy? Seems to me like these two did the exact same crime... They bought games...

Re: Public Officials' Video Game Purchases Face Scrutiny

Personally I think Mr. Dupree should be commended for being willing to explore some non-traditional sources of education for his students.  He perhaps should have received prior approval from the school board, but to me this looks like a gentleman who is genuinely interested in trying to reach students in any way he can. This is a good thing. There are too many teachers who just give up on students that don't fit the general mold.

 

Re: Public Officials' Video Game Purchases Face Scrutiny

I'm not going to do GP's grunt work but clearly this is appropraite, both are public officals and both are under scrutiny.  Said scrutiny lead to a reasonable explanantion from one and a resignation of the other.  Tie this in of course with the Library article and you got a theme of the week.

 
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E. Zachary KnightConster, I think that might be a little uncalled for.05/04/2015 - 10:20am
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Andrew EisenKotaku caught it. Ran the story an hour ago. http://kotaku.com/gamergate-meetup-evacuated-after-apparent-threat-170176164505/02/2015 - 5:36pm
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Andrew EisenWe've known that for quite a while now but I agree, completely cutting the feature is not a good move.05/02/2015 - 3:49pm
 

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