Now GTA IV can warp kids' minds in a different way
Bought a second-hand console game lately? If you have, it might be worth rooting around in the box to see if its previous owner used it to house their drug stash.
That’s what happened to Richard Thornhill of Cheltenham after he bought his 12-year old son a pre-owned copy of the 18-certificate (yes, we’ll get to that bit shortly) Grand Theft Auto IV for the Xbox.
Mr Thornhill told the BBC that he found some tablets wrapped in Clingfilm concealed inside the game’s instruction book, adding: "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." Mmm, recalled… checked online… mmmm… mmmm…. we understand.
After Gamestation staff had allegedly advised him to flush the drugs down the toilet, Mr. Thornhill later reported the find to Gloucestershire Police and officers collected the pills.
Scary stuff… or is it? What’s REALLY worse here – a 12-year old necking a few E’s that are probably 90% snooker cue chalk and possibly getting his stomach pumped, or a 12-year old spending countless hours living a virtual life of vice playing a game that he is in no way emotionally able to deal with in a rational, adult way?
Shame on you Richard Thornhill, shame… on… you.