Man Finds Ecstasy Tabs in Used GTA Game

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Man Finds Ecstasy Tabs in Used GTA Game

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The father of a 12-year-old boy was "sick" to discover four tablets of what he believed to be ecstasy in the manual of a pre-owned copy of Grand Theft Auto 4.

Richard Thornhill of the U.K. said the plastic-wrapped pills were inside the game's manual and fell out when he opened the package. He made the discovery after he and his brother each purchased a pre-owned copy of Grand Theft Auto 4 from his local Gamestation in Cheltenham.

"I was going to put it away and a felt a lump on the front cover. Inside the instruction booklet was a ball of shrink-wrap, or clingfilm," he told the Metro. "I thought it was just a ball of clingfilm, but then I realized there were tablets inside. I instantly felt sick. They had Mitsubishi signs on them, which I recalled meant they were ecstasy pills. I wasn't 100% sure though, so I checked online and sure enough I was right - it was ecstasy."

When he contacted Gamestation, store personnel initially denied responsibility and told him to just destroy the pills. Eventually Thornhill called police instead, who took the pills but unfortunately destroyed them without testing them. "It was more than likely they were ecstasy pills," a police spokeswoman said.

Gamestation has apologized to Thornhill and issued a statement saying, "We have rigorous procedures for accepting pre-owned titles and checking them before they are put back on sale. We have launched an immediate investigation and we will work closely with police to find out what happened in this instance."

Thornhill has nonetheless called for stricter policies regarding used game sales. "What made me feel the most distraught was the fact we let our 12-year-old son play the game. Worst case scenario is he could have swallowed those pills," he said. "He plays racing games as well, which have Mitsubishi cars in them, so he could have just thought they were something fun - like sweets."

via: GameCulture

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Why was he giving his 12 year old son an 18 rated game? Although Gamestation where rather stupid not to check what was in the box. Good grief.

Well I guess I'll be the first to ask why his twelve year old son was playing GTA4 in the first place?
Edit: Or I guess I'm the second, tarnations.

A game about smuggling drugs is smuggling drugs? Awesome!

SmilingKitsune:
Well I guess I'll be the first to ask why his twelve year old son was playing GTA4 in the first place?
Edit: Or I guess I'm the second, tarnations.

*chalks one up on the board* I'm on fire today! ;)

Aha! I see Rockstar has come up with its own solution to used game sales.. scare parents into avoiding them!

How long did his son have the game before he found the pills? I know he's only 12 but it's possible they were his.

Also he's 12, the guy's an idiot. Don't let him play GTA games and then complain you've found drugs in his room. I'm not saying the GTAIV makes people drug addicts but he's certainly accelerating his formative years.

This is non-news. Could have happened with any game. End result is that Gamestation will, hopefully, start checking the preowned games they take in a little more carefully before putting them back on the shop floor. Or at least I hope they do, the last time I bought a preowned game off them the techtree poster was in French!

MrGFunk:
How long did his son have the game before he found the pills? I know he's only 12 but it's possible they were his.

Also he's 12, the guy's an idiot. Don't let him play GTA games and then complain you've found drugs in his room. I'm not saying the GTAIV makes people drug addicts but he's certainly accelerating his formative years.

I assume it was before he even gave it to his son... although who knows?

I bet his brother was pissed about having his stash destroyed.

Bob_Marley42:
Or at least I hope they do, the last time I bought a preowned game off them the techtree poster was in French!

Ewww, French.

Doug:

MrGFunk:
How long did his son have the game before he found the pills? I know he's only 12 but it's possible they were his.

Also he's 12, the guy's an idiot. Don't let him play GTA games and then complain you've found drugs in his room. I'm not saying the GTAIV makes people drug addicts but he's certainly accelerating his formative years.

I assume it was before he even gave it to his son... although who knows?

The father said he let his son play.
"What made me feel the most distraught was the fact we let our 12-year-old son play the game. Worst case scenario is he could have swallowed those pills," he said.
It's sad that he assumes his son is mature enough to play an adult rated game but in his mind he has the intelligence of a baby/toddler with a oral fixation having to put everything in it's mouth.

It's doesn't say how long they'd had the game. I'd like to have all the story, I'm supposing - it's possible they weren't in the game when bought.

"Rigorous procedures"?! Yeah, right! I bet they didn't even crack the box open after it was traded in, the lazy bums. Sad that the standard is so low.

stormcaller:
A game about smuggling drugs is smuggling drugs? Awesome!

Excellent!
*Guitar Riff*

Drugs in a GTA case? I'm willing to bet money (not much, but some) that the dad put them there for publicity, I mean seriously, who'd leave their drugs in a sodding game?

stormcaller:
A game about smuggling drugs is smuggling drugs? Awesome!

The zing has been zunged!

Well, let me put it this way. It was more likely to turn up in that than Sonic And The Black Knight.

The kid put it there.

aren't there laws that keep kids under 18 from playing M rated games??

Well, if you were high on E, you might think it would be funny to put the tabs into your game and trade it in. It's all about the lulz. But really, he's letting his 12 year old kids play a game where you trade drugs, kill copious amounts of people, and have sex, he doesn't seem like the most responsible parent in the world. And as has been said, he probably put them in their himself, considering he knew the M symbol was common on ecstasy. If he took the prerogative to research drugs to that extent, it can be reasonable to assume that he would research the fact that GTA IV might not be suitable for 12 year olds. I let my little brother play doom and goldeneye when he was 9, because they are cartoonish violence. I still wouldn't let him play soldier of fortune or GTA even when he was 13, the overall theme of the game is a bit much. The real world violence, the sex, the drugs, it's a bit different than doom where you're shooting demons. Personal responsibility fails.

Wait...
GTA4 isn't supposed to come with free drugs?

Mine did and it was new. I just thought it was a new policy.

Also 12 is a bit young for GTA, maybe in another couple of years if he's a mature kid.

Art imitates life, eh?

I could jump on the "12 year old's dad lets said 12 YEAR OLD play GTA4" but meh, why bother?

I will note, however, that if this had happened in the states CNN would have been all over it and we'd have had ever parent group around screaming for Rockstar's collective heads and a ban on video games and what these games are doing to our young minds and where are the parents in all of this and we should give lobatomies to all video game players so they dont shoot their families over Halo and... er... I got a little off topic there, sorry.

Anyway, is this ironic? Sure as heck is. Is it news? Only if you cant find anything else to rag about. =D

Doug:
Why was he giving his 12 year old son an 18 rated game? Although Gamestation where rather stupid not to check what was in the box. Good grief.

Maybe for some reason, he thought his son would be able to cope with GTA IV and be able to see the difference between murder in RL, and GTA murder.

So knowing Mitsubishi marked pills are E is common knowledge?

I wouldn't think most adults would say "These must be Ecstasy!!"

Gothproxy:
Art imitates life, eh?

I could jump on the "12 year old's dad lets said 12 YEAR OLD play GTA4" but meh, why bother?

I will note, however, that if this had happened in the states CNN would have been all over it and we'd have had ever parent group around screaming for Rockstar's collective heads and a ban on video games and what these games are doing to our young minds and where are the parents in all of this and we should give lobatomies to all video game players so they dont shoot their families over Halo and... er... I got a little off topic there, sorry.

Anyway, is this ironic? Sure as heck is. Is it news? Only if you cant find anything else to rag about. =D

Well, we're British, don'tcherknow? *looks for a pipe to pretend to smoke with, and possibly a flat gap *

You know this whole article is bigger news because the kid was 12. So, he's 12, bought and M-rated game, found drugs inside the box of said game. It kind of makes me wonder if this will be taken as another, "M-rated games are destroying our childrens' minds. To make matters worse, there are drugs being found in these awful games. Mature games should be banned." That junk infuriates me.

Also, on the issue of the store rigorously checking its used products, I kind of have my doubts. See, I work at a store that buys, among various other things, used video games. Really, the only thing we make sure is that the game disc is in good condition (no scratches, smudges, food, etc.) and it came in its own cover art. We don't even care about the instruction manuels. That's what makes me suspicious.

Gothproxy:

Anyway, is this ironic? Sure as heck is. Is it news? Only if you cant find anything else to rag about. =D

And that's the magic sentence that sums everything up perfectly.

MegMurph:
So knowing Mitsubishi marked pills are E is common knowledge?

I wouldn't think most adults would say "These must be Ecstasy!!"

Exactly--this story climbs Mount Shenanigans to use a bullhorn made of Shenanigans to announce "Shenanigans!"

Dude got caught in a compromising position as far as his stash and came up with a crazy story.

"What made me feel the most distraught was the fact we let our 12-year-old son play the game."

Same here, good they realized their mistake.

Oh wait....

Byrthnoth:
"Rigorous procedures"?! Yeah, right! I bet they didn't even crack the box open after it was traded in, the lazy bums. Sad that the standard is so low.

Is Gamestation the UK equivalent of GameStop? That statement sounds like the same PR tripe that GameStop put out whenever someone finds out a game was stolen or controversial.

stormcaller:
A game about smuggling drugs is smuggling drugs? Awesome!

Totally...

The point still stands though. What was the twelve year old doing playing an 18 game? I'm 15 and My parents have only just let me play 18 rated games, but still with limiters. They refuse to let me have either Manhunt OR GTA OR Canis Canem Edit OR Any other Rockstar Related game (Goodbye ping pong).

It's already been said before that this guys son shouldn't of been playing GTA 4.

But I don't know why all you guys are surprised, cause when I was twelve all my friends had a copy of GTA San Andreas,doesn't make it right but still. I never owned a copy though thanks to my dad being a police officer.

Doug:

Bob_Marley42:
Or at least I hope they do, the last time I bought a preowned game off them the techtree poster was in French!

Ewww, French.

Dégouttent,Anglais!

Wait wait wait wait wait.... he was "disgusted" that he found drugs, in a game's instruction manual, for a "M"-rated game? And he was going to let his 12 year old son play this game?

What the hell? Am I missing something here? Is it still April Fools Day, because this whole thing stinks. Are people, specifically adult parents, really this stupid?!?!

Medic Heavy:

Doug:

Bob_Marley42:
Or at least I hope they do, the last time I bought a preowned game off them the techtree poster was in French!

Ewww, French.

Dégouttent,Anglais!

Aww, I love you too Frenchy ;) (Dripping English?)

oh dear it's the end of the world! But really, who should be more worried, the guy who found the drugs in the game or the stoner who just realised he sent, no, sold his drugs for way less than they're worth?

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