On his final day at Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime opened a Twitter account to share some of his fondest memories from the more than 15 years that he spent at the company.
However, as he shared photos while packing up his office, some fans became alarmed to notice that he had been forced to sit in a “value-priced” office chair.
This soon sparked a petition to demand that he be treated to “the gold standard of office furniture,” which, up until this point, has received 23,408 signatures.
“It has recently come to the public’s attention that the legendary personality and businessman Mr. Reginald Fils-Aimé, retiring president of Nintendo of America Inc., has been forced to sit in a value-priced Herman Miller Mirra chair during his tenure with the company,” the Change.org petition read.
“It’s not even a Mirra 2, a slightly more expensive chair by Herman Miller. After 16 years of faithful service, it is our opinion that Reggie (as he prefers to be called) should be honored by his former company with a fully loaded Herman Miller Aeron chair. We’re talking lumbar support, polished aluminum chamfered-edge legs, fully adjustable leather armrests, the whole deal.
“The Aeron chair, designed by Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf, is truly the gold standard of office furniture and has even been added to the MOMA’s permanent collection. Reggie is pretty tall so he’ll probably need the C size chair. Reggie’s current chair cost less than 1/4 the price of a premium Aeron. If this petition is fulfilled, Reggie will be sitting in style for years to come (Aeron chairs feature a 12-year warranty).”
It was bizarre, but… well, it’s worked. Acknowledging the petition, Fils-Aime has revealed that the Herman Miller team has reached out to him to offer a “fully loaded Aeron chair” for his home office.
“Thanks to the team at Herman Miller and the over 23,000 Change.org petitioners, I am getting a fully loaded Aeron chair for my home office! Will send photos when it arrives!” the former Nintendo of America president explained on Twitter.
Still, that leaves me wondering whether new Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser will also be treated to a new chair. Or, we’ll have another petition to write about.
— Reggie Fils-Aime (@Reggie) May 6, 2019