Buying used video games is always a gamble. You never know exactly what condition the disc will be in until you pop it out of the case. Video games can be expensive and sometimes a used price tag is worth the risk.
However, one Florida mother will forever be wary of ever purchasing her 11-year-old son a used video game after what she discovered wedged inside the game’s manual.
The action-adventure video game series Grand Theft Auto is notorious for its glamorization of crime, violence, and drug use. Nonetheless, this mother never thought buying a copy would result in her son actually possessing a class-A drug.
Havana, Florida resident Kayla McAllister took her son to GameStop, a worldwide video game retail chain, to exchange some old games for new ones.
Her son opted for Grand Theft Auto V. When they returned home and opened the case, McAllister was absolutely livid with what she found. Wedged inside the game’s manual was a tiny bag of meth.
Kayla McAllister took to Facebook to share her experience, writing, “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.”
This isn’t the first time GameStop has come under fire for neglecting to fully inspect pre-owned video games prior to selling them. However, this incident could have ended much tragically had the mother not become aware of the illegal substance.
“Clearly this game was not properly checked when it was traded in and because of the carelessness I could have lost a child,” McAllister fumed on Facebook. “Thankfully he brought it right to us and said what is this?”
McAllister immediately called the police who confirmed that the substance was indeed methamphetamine. The same incident happened to another 11-year-old boy who bought a used video game in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
GameStop has offered to replace the video game, a gesture that has made Kayla even more enraged. “My three-year-old daughter tears [her son’s] games apart,” McAllister told Kotaku. “And had he not found it an [sic] she did this could have gone so differently.”
“We are extremely concerned that this incident occurred, and are working with the local police department to support them in their investigation,” GameStop told Kotaku.