Disgruntled Ex-GeekSquad Postergirl eBays Badge

“Hi, my name is Holly Forman-Petersen and I used to be a Special Agent at The Geek Squad. I am eBaying my Special Agent badge.

After appearing in countless print advertisements in Best Buy circular ads, gracing GIANT posters and cutouts in Best Buy stores and even luring prospective employees on Best Buy’s career website, I am done. C’est fini! They removed my image from the ads and stores recently and I want to get rid of the rest of my Special Agent stuff.

I do not even like to tell people I worked as a technician there (too much of a liability these days, don’t you think?)

My waist (and the badge!) are still on the “Agents up close” portion of their website: http://www.geeksquad.com/popups/agents.html click on Skirt and Leggings

I will be selling a few more hard-to-find Geek Squad trinkets in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out.

I left in 2004 right before things got completely Best Buy-ified. There were a lot of factors in leaving and I still have a lot of great memories about working there, but the Geek Squad I knew and loved isn’t the same one it is now. I was asked to come back to a work session with other female Geek Squad employees at the corporate office last year. It was fun and everyone was like “You should come back!” etc. I was like this rock star! I was very excited and stuff was in motion and then it just stopped. They stopped calling and emailing about a week later. It was like being harshly dumped. So I am now 100% done-ski with that bunch. I won’t even list Geek Squad on my resume anymore. I would never want to be associated with the company as it is now.

I know that all of it is a little sour grapes, but, hey. It is what went down.

No big shocker here, just a kinda interesting, “I was their golden girl, and now I will use everything they taught me to destroy them” story. Plus, that badge is pretty cool. We wish we could get special blogger badges.



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  1. Secularsage says:

    Um… interesting, guys, but isn’t this allowing her to be a shill on the site? There’s no real information here.

  2. I’d hire her to service me any day of the week

    har har

  3. The Count of Monte Fisto says:

    Does she come with the badge? (rim shot)

  4. they charge $150 to install office, and $250 to install windows? friggin robbers

  5. miborovsky says:

    @discounteggroll: As a business they can charge anything they want. The real question is, people pay $150 to install Office, and $250 to install Windows? Friggin idiots!

  6. dbeahn says:

    Guess maybe she already got enough customer porn to fill up her external hard drive?


  7. Voyou_Charmant says:

    I sure would like to something computer related her something computer related that would sound like something sexual!!!! Am i right guys, or am i right?

  8. Thassodar says:

    @Discounteggroll: That joke even got me to chuckle. Nice.

    Insert sexual innuendo comment here.

  9. That badge is tempting…

  10. venterminator says:

    Measure of a Geek Squad member – stealing customer porn while you work with THAT girl. Truly, truly Geek.

  11. mcdonnr says:


    Too bad I’ve already earned one. :D

  12. Papercutninja says:

    Wait. I don’t get it. Why is she mad? Because they didn’t re-hire her? Ok.

  13. Daemon_of_Waffle says:

    @VENTERMINATOR: Perhaps she’s a butterface…

  14. venterminator says:

    @DAEMON: Ah, perhaps. However, geeks cannot be choosers. I can see that she is thin, which should be enough of a criteria for a geek to drool over her instead of a customer’s porn stash. I don’t know, maybe I just prefer the live hunt as opposed to the predicktability of porn.

  15. hames says:

    Holly Petersen here (the badge seller). I have to defend my non-butterfaceness by reminding everyone that I appeared in the ads from 2003 to 2007, so I’m not a total fuggerly fuggster.

    I AM mad for not getting rehired, but I admitted that I was sour grapes. I am also mad that things had to change and that they used me in ads without paying me what it was worth.

    These comments are cracking me up, btw. Thanks for reading!

  16. hames says:

    @dburba: Sometimes I come without it!

  17. rdldr1 says:

    I googled her… shes quite the looker! (Relative) Beauty + Brains = <3

  18. hames says:

    Too bad fellas, I am married.

  19. eli_b says:

    Wait…there is a ‘skirt and leggings’ part of the website? Geek pron!

  20. BoredAgain says:

    What does this have to do with Consumers again?

    Seriously, Ben, the obsession is getting out of control.

  21. lestat730 says:

    Wow the auction is up to $81 already, why are people willing to pay so much for a piece of plastic that promotes such a shady company?

  22. mconfoy says:

    hey we found out that DISCOUNTEGGROLL has to pay to get any. that was worth it.

  23. asherchang says:

    @lestat730: cuz they’re sticking it to the people who stick their flash drives into their comps to steal their prAn.

  24. night_sky says:

    Funny how no one really reads the full stories unless it’s a story about a completely non-consumerist post about a girl selling a badge. You all complain so much about any dumb moves Consumerist makes, yet you fail to look at your own.

  25. @mconfoy:

    thats one of the problems with paypal right now…seems hookers don’t accept it yet

  26. Echodork says:

    Cool, I’m going to submit a tip listing all my ebay auctions too. Stay tuned!

    (Why would anyone who reads Consumerist want to buy Best Buy brand merchandise?)

  27. macinjosh says:

    I really want this, because my last name is Forman, but it’s a bit pricey at the moment.

  28. Sunbun says:


    I knew her (your) name looked familiar…
    (Cockeyed, great site, by the way)

  29. abstractsagacity says:

    Wow, agent 114.. that’s one of the original Geek Squadders. These guys were fiercely loyal.

  30. abstractsagacity says:

    LESTAT730: The badges are real. They are cast using the same materials and processes as “real badges”.

  31. sirric says:


    Sorry to hear how GS treated you. Hope you are doing well, As a DCI I have seen the Geek culture going downhill much faster in the last 2 years. Be glad you are out.
    It’s tough to ballance the BBY needs to the “having fun while being the best” mantra.

    To all you haters, Thanks for the read, It helps me train my Agents on how to better serve the public and what I don’t see, I can read it here and act on it there.