Sorry, I don't have any video of this. But I'm quite adept at painting a picture with words, so here goes:
After a disturbing Kotaku article that spoke of ignorant parents purchasing Grand Theft Auto V for their little kids, I had to say something . Now, after an incident at a local GameStop, I'm compelled to respond again.
A bunch of people were waiting to pick up their copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts . When I walked in, the woman in question was third in line. She was slovenly and overweight, wearing clothes that didn't fit her, an insolent look already painting her face. Running around her in circles, banging off the knees of embarrassed and annoyed customers, was a dirty, poorly dressed kid. He was loud, unruly and obnoxious, but the mother didn't make a sound; in fact, she looked at everyone else in line as if she dared them to say something.
When she got to the front of the line, she said she'd be buying Ghosts . The clerk looked at the kid, who couldn't possibly have been more than 7 or 8 years old, and politely asked if she was buying the game for the boy.
"Yeah, I am," she spat. "So?
"Well, it's just that the game is rated 'M' for Mature," the clerk politely responded. "We just want to make sure that-"
"That's fine," interrupted the woman, waving a dismissive hand. "It's just a video game."
"Yes, that's true," responded the clerk. "But maybe it's not appropriate for someone so young…? I could recommend a lot of other games that he might really like, and-"
"Are you telling me how to be a parent?"
"No ma'am, I just-
I didn't come here to be insulted. Now just shut up and give me what I ordered."
It was at this point that the clerk paused. He didn't move for maybe ten full seconds. The woman looked about ready to blow her top. Finally, the clerk turned to the employee next to him (apparently the manager or assistant manager) and asked if he could take his break. The other guy nodded and the clerk left the store without selling the game to the woman. The presumed manager finished the transaction without saying a word, despite the woman lashing into him with several more indignant insults.
Now, let me say this-
I am not an advocate of giving any governing body any sort of significant control over our lives. I don't believe more laws would help. But at this point, it seems as if far too many individuals are so pathetically incompetent, so incapable of caring for themselves or others, that maybe some people – like that clerk – should make moral stands. I didn't know that woman but I know her type: Her eyes said, "I deserve everything and you have to give it to me," and in addition to rampant entitlement of the worst kind, I saw a level of stupidity that was just plain depressing.
Hey, politicians. Want to fix the problem of violent games falling into the hands of impressionable children? Maybe you should tackle the issue of educating the masses of fools who, for reasons unbeknownst to me and the rest of the world, opted to reproduce.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Ghosts