Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand Theft Auto

April 8, 2009 -

A British man who purchased a pair of used Grand Theft Auto games discovered what appeared to be ecstasy tablets wrapped in plastic and hidden in one of the game manuals.

The Telegraph reports that Richard Thornhill, 34, bought the second-hand games at a GameStation in Gloucestershire:

When I opened the box up, the cling film wrap fell out. I could not believe it. I have two children and my son plays Xbox all the time. He could easily have opened the box and found them.

I dread to think what the consequences would have been if he had. He is only 12. He could have died. It was a pre-used game, but that should not make a difference. My wife is beside herself over this because she keeps thinking about what could have happened and so do I.

The retailer and local police are investigating.


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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

What's up with the people asking why he got this game for his son, and left it lying around for his son to find? Nowhere in the article does it state that he bought the game for any of his children. And really, he's 12 years old, he should know not to be shoving random pills down his throat.

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

So this was reported to the police, telling us that Dad doesn't do drugs, or at least "what appears to be ecstasy."

Things he wouldn't have reported would have been a large wad of cash, jewlery, a sealed a jar of trans-fat, or a screener copy of Wolverine.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

Blame CSI. After all, everyones an instant expert after watching.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

 

That's true, after watching CSI (all series) for three years.  Now I can lift fingerprints.  Do complicated forensic sciences, wearing a cool sunglasses, quote famous quote from famous character like how Grissom do it, able to track down character, and other stuff that no one can do.  Sign me up to be a detectives/Crime Scene unit investigators. 

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

Hey, you too? Well lets go then! I don't know about you but I don't think I'd make it through the front door with all my "knowledge"!

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The real question is : Would you rather find drugs or a condom in your GTA copy?

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but what if the dad is only using the box as an excuse for why there's ectasy in his house? Maybe he was worried he'd be found out, so he set up a plot to take the suspicion off of himself.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

 Yep, I'll have to agree with you, that's pretty idiotic of you to say that.

What's up with the people asking why he got this game for his son, and left it lying around for his son to find? Nowhere in the article does it state that he bought the game for any of his children. And really, he's 12 years old, he should know not to be shoving random pills down his throat.

It's a little thing called natural selection.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

If it was Chinatown Wars, that would make some sense since ecstasy is one of the drugs you can sell.

When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

always injest pills that fall out of my used game cases.

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Would be great to find stuff like that in used games.

WTF is he doing leaving GTA4 where his 12 and younger sons could get it?

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

I would advise not shopping at the store again, at least for used games. Seems like the kind of thing that a store employee would catch when checking to make sure the game works. Congrats to the dad for checking out the game before letting his children play the game.

 

 

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

  Geez, I never get any good promo items when I buy used games!

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

Forget used games, I don't even get any cool promo items with new games.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

Had this been at an EB/GameStop, the sales staff would've asked him if he wanted to trade in those tablets toward a reservation of 'Madden 10.'

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

Joke aside it could all to easily have happened at an EB/GS.  Many of their used games do not come with the manuals (some without the boxes for that matter) so the .docs tend not to get checked as carefully as they should.    Methinks that will change here shortly. 

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

I found a human finger in my used copy of Madworld yesterday. Those bastards from Blockbuster. They promesed me a severed head.

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

I just have something to say to the multiple people who made comments along the lines of 'Why is he buying GTA for a 12 year old?' Look at how he worded the sentence, "I have two children and my son plays Xbox all the time. He could easily have opened the box and found them." Doesn't it sound like the games wasn't intended for the kids? I'm under the opinion that he bought the games for himself.

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Yeah, I agree - I wouldn't have really thought there were illegal right from the start - I would have just tossed them out.

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How does the dad know what ecstasy pills look like? 

If I would have found pills in a game I would have been like, "Weird." and thrown them away.

The article states that they don't even know that they were ecstacy.  Watch them turn out to be asprin.

 

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

There are a couple of websites to come to mind offhand that can be used to ID pretty much any pill out there.

http://www.drugs.com/pill_identification.html

http://www.webmd.com/pill-identification/default.htm

Are both pretty comprehensive. 

 

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

Whether he'd have the knowledge or presences of mind to even look for those on the other hand...

Could of been a knee jerk reaction, "Ohnoes! Drugs, in my videogames?!"

On a completely unrelated note, do you know what Rabbit Transit and Stampead where?

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

Maybe he didn't know but took them down to the police station out of concern... at the station there would be likely to be somebody who could identify what kind of drugs they were and inform him.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

 Then gets arrested for possesion... That'd be too funny lol

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

Heh, well joking aside... the article doesn't mention when he realized what kind of drugs they were, but it does say that he brought them down to the police station

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

He should not have been buying this game for his kids in the first place. But really do most parents follow the ratings systems?

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

Now hang on, I was playing M-rated games at 12 years old, and this father seems very in-depth in the raising of his child. He would know better than anyone what is appropriate for his children. He surely knows that GTA has killing and yada yada in it.

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My uncle used to hide his weed in his Cream records, nothing new.  I think that it is good that the parent was so invloved with the purchuse of the game.  I think that a parent can decide whether a child is mature enough for an M rated game, just like an R rated film.  Also, major stupidity on the behalf of the retailer.

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

The ecstacy is packaged with the game so you can go into a fantasy world where Jack Thompson is one of the pedestrians you run down in GTA.

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This is a retail issue, not specifically a games one I think. What if they had been found in a Blockbuster rental case? Or in any kind of second hand or rented container/machine/product?

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I wonder if Keith Vaz will jump on this one.  He's done crazier things.

 

I used to use Genesis game cases to hide all kinds of stuff from my parents when I was in High School.  Good times.

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I have no doubt he will. I'm somewhat surprised he hasn't blamed the global economy problems on video games. :P

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

Hmm... sounds like the place where he got the game might be similar to the old pizza place in town near where I live. They did something similar, save it was in a napkin that came with a slice of pizza.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

Ah, the old "Happy Meal, with extra happy" gig, eh? Maybe the dad inadvertently gave a wink or a nudge and walked away with a little more than he was expecting?

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

'pre-used'? Isn't that new?

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

"Pre-used" in England is the same as "pre-owned" in the States.  It's a simple case of British English vs. American English.

 

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

 

English are different in US, Britain, Ireland, and Scotland.  They don't usually say the same word as we do.

Example:

Subway in America, Tubes in England

Guys is used in US, Chaps is used in England, and Lads are used in Ireland.

 

This is an example of how language all though the same can be different in other countries.  Spanish spoken in South America and Spain are not exactly the same.  Come on, people  this is how geography and culture works.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

nah, im from the UK n i never say (or have actually ever heard anyone say) 'pre-used'.

Everyone says 'pre-owned', the stores sell as 'pre-owned' (visit game.co.uk - listed as 'pre-owned').

Think its just this person who says 'pre-used'.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

True, but mostly we just say 'second hand'.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

I prefer second-hand after those incredibly annoying Pre-Owned GameStation adverts.

But pre-used.... yeah never heard that one. Maybe it's Gloucetershire thing?

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

I guess that makes sense. 'pre' would be short for 'previously' When I first read it, I thought of the definition of 'pre' as 'before'

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if a kid is too young to understand that he shouldnt eat random pills...

then he is DEFINITELY too young to be playing GTA.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand ...

Ok, he's only asking for the store to be stricter when checking their used copies, which is actually really reasonable. But for gawd's sake teach your 12 year old kid to not just eat any unidentified pills he finds in other people's stuff.

Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

Ecstacy and GTAIV?  They really don't go together...

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

You'd think the retailers would have paid more attention when checking the game in at the time.

Nevertheless, it is good news that the parent discovered this - who knows what could have happened otherwise...

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Re: Report: Dad Finds Ecstasy Tablets in Used Copy of Grand

So there is now a concrete connection between gaming in general and GTA in specific and drugs.  Sigh.   Though I find myself curious what playing GTA 4 under the influence of ecstasy would be like. 

BTW kiddies let this be a reminder for you. Be more careful where you stash your drugs. 

I am missing the point your say?  What point is that?  Drugs exist; games exist; these are given facts.  There is no common thread between them other than that. 

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Is this really news worthy?

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You have a better idea for a story?  ^^

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Not surprising in the least. My brother used to hide his weed of choice in his case for NCAA Footbal 07.

These idiots just forgot to take the pills out before they sold it.

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Wouldn't it just be smooshed in the case?  unless it was Mexi brown stuff...

 

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