I remember being about 13 years old in GameStation, Widnes, browsing all of the games I didn’t have enough money to buy.
There was absolutely no chance of being able to afford a new game, but occasionally you’d trade in 50,000 games in decent condition and get back £12. Just the right amount to purchase a second hand edition from seventeen years ago.
Every now and then my mum would help out with the extra few quid necessary to buy a decent game. I remember desperately hoping she wouldn’t ask the cashier just how violent the game I really wanted to play was.
What I’m trying to say is, second hand games are the only games I’ve ever played. But never did I make a discovery like this.
There’s certain things you just don’t expect to find when you buy a second-hand computer game – and class A substances are one of them.
To be honest the worst thing I ever laid my eyes upon was a badly scratched disc – but this is next level.
So the story goes that while flicking through the booklet for the pre-owned version of Grand Theft Auto V – he’d just bought from GameStop, Tallahassee, Florida – this 11-year-old boy got the shock of his life when a bag of meth dropped out.
The boy’s mum, Kayla McAllister was horrified her 11-year-old son had just come into contact with a baggie from someone’s dodgy old game and took to Facebook to share her outrage, Mashable report.
PARENTS BE AWARE:
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 fucking 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? My fucking 3-year-old daughter could have gotten a hold of this!
I’ve filed a police report and contacted corporate and waiting to hear back. PLEASE CHECK ALL THE PRE OWNED GAMES YOU BUY!!!
Just the thought of something happening to any of my kids because of something as crazy as this kills me.
SO PLEASE PLEASE CHECK EVERYTHING! I never in a million years thought my 11-year-old son would encounter meth. This is crazy.
Personally I can’t figure out what sort of person who’s taking meth is casually forgetting about it trapped inside a game case and trading in said game for dollar.
Understandably, Kayla was deeply concerned one of her children could have mistaken the drugs for sweets which could have been incredibly dangerous and potentially fatal.
Thankfully her son brought the packet to her. In a state of panic, Kayla called the police and a report from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Department – obtained by Kotaku – revealed they were sent round to her home.
Kayla’s instincts were right though and after police tests, they confirmed the substance hiding among the pages of the GTA booklet, were indeed methamphetamine.
She wrote on Facebook:
My nerves are so bad right now. Thank god [my son] was smart enough to bring it to us. I cant fucking imagine what could have happened if he didn’t.
The mum, who also has a three-year-old girl, explained on her social media profile how she had contacted customer services for GameStop, who got back to her the following day.
So they called and offered me a replacement video game. I was like really?
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.