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    Grand Theft Insolence

    | Oxfordshire, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Technology

    (A mother and son approach my till with a carrier bags full of games to trade in. Some of them are 15- and 18-rated. The boy is approximately 11 years old.)

    Mother:  “We’d like to trade these in for credit, please.”

    Me: “No problem. Do you know what you’d like to buy with the credit?”

    (I start swiping the games through the till. The mum looks at the boy, who shakes his head.)

    Me: “That’s okay. I can put it onto a gift card for you, or I can give you a price for what we’d give you in cash, instead?”

    Boy: “A gift card.”

    Mother: *to the boy* “Please!”

    Boy: “A gift card, please.”

    Mother: “But won’t this leave you without ANY games?”

    Boy: “Yeah, but Dad’s going to come to town with me tomorrow to get GTA Fi—” *trails off and looks up at me… knowing he’s put his foot in it*

    Me: “Oh… uh…” *to mother* “I feel I should mention that GTA is an 18-rated game for a VERY good reasons. In the game there is a torture scene—”

    Mother: “What?!”

    Me: “… Your son’s character can also pick up, have sex with, then murder prostitutes. There’s also—”

    Mother: “ABSOLUTELY NOT!” *turning to son, who is now looking like he’s been caught in a lie* “You KNEW about this, didn’t you?! NO WAY are you having that, and NO WAY your dad would let you have that either. Oh, god…”

    Me: “I, uh… could go on, but I guess I don’t need to.”

    (The mother is obviously shocked at what she was about to buy for her son. I explain the video game ratings system to her so she can make informed decisions in future, and write down a good review website I know of so she can research. All the while the kid is getting more and more frustrated realising he’s not going to get what he wants.)

    Boy: *to mother* “I’m NOT talking to you.”

    Mother: “Oh, really? I think you’re forgetting who bought you all of these games.” *turning to me* “I’ll take the cash price on these, please.”

    (The mother then proceeds to sell ALL of the son’s games to me for cash, which she puts into her wallet. She then thanks me for my help, turns, and leaves, leaving her son shocked and GTA-5-less at my counter.)

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