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Customer finds ecstasy pills in pre-owned GTAIV box


A consumer has discovered pills, believed to be ecstasy tablets, inside the box of a pre-owned copy of Grand Theft Auto IV.

From: James Lee @ Gameindustry.biz

“Richard Thornhill bought the title from a Gamestation store in Gloucestershire and found the pills inside the box – wrapped in cling film – which he delivered to a nearby police station.

He was offered an apology by the store, but expressed his fear over concerns that his 12 year-old son or 16 year-old daughter could have been harmed.

“When I opened the box up, the cling film wrap fell out. I could not believe it,” he told the Telegraph. “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,” he said. “My wife is beside herself over this because she keeps thinking about what could have happened and so do I.”

Gamestation commented: “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. It would be inappropriate to comment further until the police investigation is complete.”

Gloucestershire police said: “We have collected the tablets and will be destroying them at a later date. It is likely that they are ecstasy pills.

“We are now conducting enquiries to see if it can be established who brought them into the store.””

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3 responses

  1. Hi, interesting post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for writing. I’ll certainly be subscribing to your blog.

    May 4, 2009 at 2:31 am

  2. Peecuts

    Richy i have to say something plz.
    If u have 12 year old boy that would swallow random pills in small packages, then u should put him in special needs hospital, at least he will swallow good things there
    Not to mention 16 year old daughter….U r failure that wants to get some cash on it’s sons stupidity. U should pop those 2 babies and then see what harm will those do 2 u

    December 20, 2009 at 8:28 pm

  3. Ash

    Kind of asinine that this man is worried about his kids being harmed by drugs, but isn’t at all concerned with their exposure to the extreme violence in in the Grand Theft Auto games…

    *rolls her eyes*

    April 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm

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