Grand Theft Innocence, Part 3

| Dublin, Ireland | Right | March 28, 2012

(A kid walks into the store and brings “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” up to the counter. He’s no more than 11.)

Me: “I’m sorry, but I can’t let you rent that game. It’s for over 18 only.”

Kid: “My mom lets me play this all the time!”

Me: “Well, you’ll have to get her to rent it for you then.”

(The kid stomps off and returns with his mother. She brings the game up.)

Customer: “I want to rent this.”

Me: “Well, I should tell you that it is a very violent game.”

Customer: “I don’t mind that.”

Me: “Well, in this game, you can actually pick up a hooker and beat her to death afterwards to get back your money. There’s loads of graphic violence and bad language.”

Customer: *alarmed* “Bad language?” *turns to her son* “Darren, you know you’re not allowed things with bad language!” *grabs him by the arm and storms out with him in tow*


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  • Jellybean

    You really should’ve just let it alone. If a parent wants to buy something for their child it’s not really your place to talk them out of doing so. Even if you deem it inappropriate. It’s only when it’s illegal for the child to have something that you have a right.

    • Alexander Rubin

      “Actually, selling age restricted goods to a minor is a statutory offence under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 where the owners of this shop would be liable for prosecution. All that needs to be proved is that you bought the game and we are liable. I would lose my job and this place would more than likely shut down, so that’s the ‘worst that could happen.’”
      Grand Theft Innocence, Part 7 – Line 4
      There may be similar laws in Ireland that make it a punishable offense to sell to a minor or to someone obviously willing to give it to a minor. Check your local laws and regulations.

      • Jellybean

        Actually the parents are almost always able to give age restricted items to their children in the USA. Not to mention that the statute references sale to minors. Not sale to adults who intend to allow their child to play. You may think they are the same but they are inherently very different. Just as an example, a 15 year old cannot buy beer or cigarettes but if their parent so chooses to give him these at home, it is totally legal in most states.

    • Samantha Meza

      And risk a lawsuit? Companies and their staff are going to have a disclaimer policy so they can say they advised the customers it was an inappropriate game when the customer blames them for something.

    • Peter

      It’s not their place to talk a parent out of doing something (assuming it’s not illegal, I don’t know the law here, particularly as it’s in Ireland). But it seems reasonable to inform the parent about things that the parent might want to know about, and that’s all I see the OP doing here. Reasonable both in that it’s nice to the parent, and reasonable in terms of minimizing hassle of complaints and attempted returns.