Eleven-year-old boy finds bag of meth inside used copy of GTA V from GameStop

midian182

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With its colorful language, scenes of violence, and, as the ESRB puts it, "depictions of sexual material/activity," there’s a reason why Grand Theft Auto V has a M for Mature rating. But Florida-based Mother Kayla McAllister discovered another reason why the Rockstar title was unsuitable for her eleven-year-old son: the used copy she got from GameStop came with a bag of meth stuffed inside the manual.

McAllister wrote about the incident, which was reported by Kotaku, on Facebook last Sunday. She visited the Capital West Tallahassee GameStop earlier that day to trade in a few games for some old titles, one of which was a used copy of Grand Theft Auto V.

During the game’s long installation process her son decided to look through the manual, where he discovered a small bag of white powder that was later confirmed by police to be illegal drugs. “Today I took my son to gamestop in Tallahassee to trade in games and get some new ones. When he opened the booklet inside one of the pre owned games he ( MY ELEVEN YEAR OLD SON!!!!!!!) found this. A baggie of f**king meth! Clearly the game was not properly checked when it was traded in and because of the carelessness I could have lost a child. Thankfully He brought it right to us and said what is this?” McAllister wrote on Facebook.

A police report filed with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and obtained by Kotaku states that the field test on the substance came up positive for methamphetamine.

Some people questioned whether McAllister made the story up, mainly because it’s the second time such an incident has occurred. Back in September, another 11-year-old boy, this time from Lake Charles, Louisiana, found a bag of meth in a used game box from GameStop.

“Yeah, I keep getting messages saying I’m a troll. I stole a story. So I decided to google it an find all these stories about it. An now I’m pissed that they let it happen again,” she said.

The case is now being forwarded to the police department in Leon County, where the GameStop store is located, for further investigation.

It seems that GameStop isn’t being very thorough when it comes to checking the contents of its used games – other than inspecting the discs themselves. Responding to an inquiry from Kotaku, the company gave the following statement.

We are disappointed to hear about the experience one of our customers recently had when purchasing a pre-owned video game from one of our local Tallahassee, Florida stores. We work diligently to ensure the quality of our pre-owned items are like new. Unfortunately, in this circumstance our thorough process fell short. We are extremely concerned that this incident occurred, and are working with the local police department to support them in their investigation.

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VitalyT

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She was probably like "I want a GTA", and winked at the salesperson. It was a simple misunderstanding.

...and because of the carelessness I could have lost a child

That's a bit over-the-line, hysterical, and particularly dumb, as she should instead be worried about her kid playing violent games like GTA, which can be a real drug on its own, especially to the mind of an 11-year old kid.
 
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Daithi

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Buying a violent videogame for a kid who has probably seen worse on TV, is in no way comparable to handing him drugs which he could've done anything with since he didn't recognize them, don't be ridiculous. I thought that line of thinking was gone with the days of Jack Thompson.
 
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davislane1

So this kid got free DLC and the mother called the cops? She must work for Activision.

Buying a violent videogame for a kid who has probably seen worse on TV, is in no way comparable to handing him drugs which he could've done anything with since he didn't recognize them, don't be ridiculous. I thought that line of thinking was gone with the days of Jack Thompson.

There are still legions of people who think games warp the minds of young children. They are going to shoot blue shells at the lead car in a line of traffic anyways.
 

mlauzon76

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She was probably like "I want a GTA", and winked at the salesperson. It was a simple misunderstanding.

...and because of the carelessness I could have lost a child

That's a bit over-the-line, hysterical, and particularly dumb, as she should instead be worried about her kid playing violent games like GTA, which can be a real drug on its own, especially to the mind of an 11-year old kid.

There were 'violent games' prior to the ESRB coming into existence in 1994, I was playing games with violence in the very early '80s & throughout the '80s in arcades as well as consoles at the time; and I am fine. You on the other hand should join Jack Thompson as you're like minded individuals!
 

VitalyT

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There were 'violent games' prior to the ESRB coming into existence in 1994, I was playing games with violence in the very early '80s & throughout the '80s in arcades as well as consoles at the time; and I am fine.

Good for you. You should understand that only a percentage of kids are prone to violence, waiting for the right stimulant. Just because you are not one of those, doesn't invalidate what I said.

You on the other hand should join Jack Thompson as you're like minded individuals!

And you are like an ignorant individual who thinks what's good for him is good for everybody.
 

Uncle Al

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Game Stop used to be pretty good about inspecting any and all games BEFORE resale. I think it's a simple oversight (although a serious one) and as mentioned, I would be drilling down on the clerk and store ownership to make sure this isn't a clandestine effort at distribution .....
 

Capaill

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Why bother posting follow-up statements from companies? They are just PR BS and are almost never true. Nothing more than fancy words to reassure people that we are doing everything possible (ie. nothing) to protect our loyal customers.

I'm not specifically targetting GameStop - the article itself doesn't need it. Let's stick to the facts and leave the BS to the lawyers.
 

Skjorn

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People will become shite heads without the help of GTA V. When will you understand that?
Kids dont play GTA then become bad. They have shite friends with shite families or shite punishment system from parents.
You could probably buy meth from 11yr olds in shitehole cities across USA who have probably played GTA. The difference in the kids is the parenting.
 

psycros

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I hope this dumb tramp is investigated by child services. There's every chance its HER damn meth, considering what a crap parent she clearly is.
 

captaincranky

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More than likely, mom read the prior story, copped a bag of meth and stuffed it in the box herself, and then went looking for a personal injury attorney to sue the sh!t out of Game Stop.

If the kid had a stinking lick of sense, he would have hidden the bag of dope, then , since "Mother's Day" is coming up, put it in a nice card and given it to her..! (y)

What people don't understand is that "MDMA" (ecstasy), is "Methylenedioxymethamphetine", and plain old rotgut crank has at least the same effect on one's libido.

So, in one fell swoop, Junior could have made Mom very randy, and whichever baby daddy happened to be in the house this coming Sunday, a very "lucky" man.

@cliffordcooley I just want to get your take on this post. SFW, or no? ;)
 

namesrejected

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She was probably like "I want a GTA", and winked at the salesperson. It was a simple misunderstanding.

...and because of the carelessness I could have lost a child

That's a bit over-the-line, hysterical, and particularly dumb, as she should instead be worried about her kid playing violent games like GTA, which can be a real drug on its own, especially to the mind of an 11-year old kid.

Couldn't of said it any better, but I thought the meth packet was to add dimension to the game, and was originally sent with each copy. It really ties into the whole " plot " of the game very well. You know, who needs VR? Just use the meth we send with the game, it will make it way better. Oh and check the pages of that manual really well for LSD.
 

Camikazi

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If your 11 year old knows what meth looks like, can correctly identify it, knows how to use it and THEN uses it then you have MUCH bigger problems than GameStop handing up meth games.
 
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davislane1

If your 11 year old knows what meth looks like, can correctly identify it, knows how to use it and THEN uses it then you have MUCH bigger problems than GameStop handing up meth games.

"Hey, mom, I found this ice in my game."
 

captaincranky

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If your 11 year old knows what meth looks like, can correctly identify it, knows how to use it and THEN uses it then you have MUCH bigger problems than GameStop handing up meth games.
The biggest "tell" is when you take your kid to Wendy's, and he or she starts stuffing extra straws in their pocket. Well that, and when you find any paper money they've left in their pockets, rolled into little tubes.
 

captaincranky

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So that's what meth looks like?!? I would have thought it was one of those silica dryer chemicals and just chucked it. Boy, I am really over the hill..
Dude, the "zip" closure on the bag is a dead giveaway. Silica gel is packed in sealed "breathable paper". It's also often in little round pellets, sort of like buckshot.

Unless of course, you were being facetious, then by all means, ignore this post.
 

captaincranky

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Aren't we over that "violent games cause violence" bullshit already?
Well, why not? They just indicted some frat boys for involuntary manslaughter by beer & hazing. Allowing someone to lay dying for half a day, could be categorized as lack of empathy bordering on sociopathy.

Violence is resident in a huge portion of hip-hop, as well as TV, movies, and video games, which all have copious of it.

It's hard to imagine that much violence not having behavioral consequences. It's easy for a civilized, properly socialized, and educated person, to keep the boundaries of real life and imaginary violence compartmentalized. But for those of different, more turbulent backgrounds, I expect it can all run together.

We, as unique individuals, make the appalling mistake of assuming all others approach life with our exact set of individual values, beliefs, social limits, and outlook. But, it just ain't so.

I'm not sure any of that is germane to this story. It has "hoax" written all over it. To me it reads like mom wants to get rich suing Game Stop, plain & simple.
 
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