Boy finds a bag of meth in used copy of Grand Theft Auto V

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It’s not the first time, and it likely isn’t the last time – but children have stumbled across drugs in their second-hand copies of Grand Theft Auto. In 2009, a man named Richard Thornill bought a used copy of Grand Theft Auto from GameStop, only to find what he believed to be four ecstasy tablets in the game case.

Fast forward to 2017, and it’s happened again. According to a report by Kotaku, a family found a bag of meth in used copy of Grand Theft Auto 5. The Havana, Florida mother Kayla McAllister, says her 11 year old son was flipping through the manual for a used copy of GTA V when a bag of the white stuff fell out. They called the police, and who promptly found it to be meth.

Here’s what she said on Facebook:

Today i took my son to gamestop in Tallahassee to trade in games and get some new ones. When he opened the booklet inside one of the pre owned games he ( MY ELEVEN YEAR OLD SON!!!!!!!) found this. A baggie of fucking meth! Clearly the game was not properly checked when it was traded in and because of the carelessness i could have lost a child. Thankfully He brought it right to us and said what is this?

The situation echoes another that happened at, yes, another GameStop, when a different 11 year old boy found a bag of meth inside a used copy of (Surprise!) GTA V. It’s all starting to sound a bit like BioShock. There’s always a drug. There’s always a GameStop. There’s always a used copy of GTA.

The moral here, according to Mcallister is simple:

“PLEASE CHECK ALL THE PRE OWNED GAMES YOU BUY!!! Just the thought of something happening to any of my kids because of something as crazy as this kills me. SO PLEASE PLEASE CHECK EVERYTHING!”

Of course, people shouldn’t be buying games like GTA for their prepubescent children, which makes her actions just as irresponsible as GameStop’s. GTA Games are of course, rated Mature, as they’re filled with explicit and gratuitous violence, nudity, coarse language, and drug and alcohol abuse. Nobody expects those drugs to be real though. `

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Last Updated: May 10, 2017

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Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • miaau

    “Of course, people shouldn’t be buying games like GTA for their prepubescent children, which makes her actions just as irresponsible as GameStop’s. GTA Games are of course, rated Mature, as they’re filled with explicit and gratuitous violence, nudity, coarse language, and drug and alcohol abuse. Nobody expects those drugs to be real though. `”

    Thanks Geoff, now I have no reason to comment. Thanks a lot, pal!

    • Unavengedavo

      Spoil sport…

      • miaau

        Yes, that is what I thought. For shame Geoff!

      • miaau

        And Geoff liked my post too. A step, dunno where.

  • Magoo

    What’s funny is that the person might have traded the game in because they needed money for meth.

  • HairyEwok

    Heh. I meth my GTA5 manual so much right now.

  • What the fudge is this mother buying this game for in the first place? And when she says ‘lost him’. bitch please, only for a few hours 😛

  • Why is an 11 year old even allowed to LOOK at GTAV?

    Finding drugs in the game case is bad, but still, and 11 year old looking at an 18+ rated game? Yoh.

    • Skittle

      Whats wrong with the kid playing GTA? Some people, even the yungins’ can distinguish between real life and fiction. I remember watching Blair Witch, The Exorcist and playing violent video games as a lightie and it didn’t affect me.

      • Not all kids are the same. There are those with issues that will struggle to draw that line between real and digital, game and real life. I have a cousin who thought they were a Power Ranger after watching the show and jumped through a glass window trying to recreate something he saw on TV. Lightie almost bled out and still has scars to this day.

        That’s Power Rangers. If he had to see and play GTA? Substance abuse? Physical abuse? Racism? Murder/mass slaughter? Theft?

        Some kids are super impressionable, hence why age ratings are a thing. A guideline, sure, but I don’t believe an 11 year old could should be privy to some of the above examples. A quick look around youtube can show you just how bad some kids can be.

        • Skittle

          It’s the mothers job to judge if her kid can handle the game or not, not for us to judge the mother.

          • Fair enough, it is up to the parent to make that call, but most just let the kids do as they please mainly due to ignorance or just a lack of care. Most don’t even know how bad GTA really can get when they let their kids play it. Then when they do realize, it turns into a Fox News story where the gaming industry gets bashed for creating a generation of degenerates?

            I’m sorry, but I’m still of the opinion that an Age rating should be adhered to. Because 9 out of 10 kids will be just fine, kid 10 will do something stupid then ruin the whole thing for the other 9. All it takes is one.

          • Hammersteyn

            It’s the parents jobs to do a lot of things. Teach discipline for one. But try and eat in peace at any Panarottis on Sundays and you’ll witness how many parents don’t even bother

          • Original Heretic

            I hate seeing lazy parenting like that. Seriously pisses me off. Control your spawn!!

          • Hammersteyn

            spawn XD that’s the perfect word

          • Original Heretic

            I should get my lad a little red cape and a black and white mask with glowing green eyes.
            “That’s my spawn,” says The Heretic proudly.

          • This. So much this.

            I go shopping every Sunday at Pick ‘n Pay hyper and you witness all the screaming kids running wild. It’s actually bad…

            If I did a quarter of what some of these kids get away with my mom would have beaten 3 different shades of sh!t of me.

          • Skyblue

            It’s soon going to be illegal to spank your children if government has their way. We’re an evolving civilized society breeding uncivilized children. We will one day reap what we sow.

          • 100%

            My teenage brother swore my step mom (his actual mom) a little while back. Usually he has his manners in check. That woman is basically my mom… and nobody disrespects my mother. Sibling or otherwise. I whooped that lightie’s ass so hard… He’s been a saint towards her ever since.

            A little discipline and some manners go a very long way.

          • Skyblue

            But when it’s your boet he gets a free snot klap for being a doos ;-p

          • Exactly 😉

          • Skyblue

            That is your own fault dammit. Serves you right for going to Panerottis :-p

          • Hammersteyn


          • Hammersteyn

            Point being, lots of parents don’t do their jobs

          • miaau

            While I think you have a point, my sister, a primary school teacher (the cool teacher, the kids talk to her,she teaches Art and Technology) has many times heard of the 11 year old playing games they should not be and the parents do not understand why, i.e. the parents did not make the choice after evaluating the circumstances.

            She does say, in chatting to parents, that some parents do make informed choices and let the kids play.

          • Unavengedavo

            My 10c to this… Some parents just go out and buy the things for their kids just to make them happy and they don’t even bother to check the content or rating.

            We walked into a BT games the one time where a kid, no older than 13, wanted a copy of Wither 3. The cashier was politely trying to tell the lady that the age rating is not suited for the kid without going into too much detail.

            The kid was adamant that the game wasn’t that bad, and the lady insisted that she wanted to buy it for the kid.

            Finally we got tired of the exchange and told the lady that there is a scene where they have sex on a stuffed unicorn with full frontal nudity, we even showed her the screenshot.

            She ended up kakking the kid out for lying to her, thanked use all, and then promptly left.

          • miaau

            “She ended up kakking the kid out for lying to her, thanked use all, and then promptly left.”, yeah that is the other thing. Parents just do not know better, as they do not game themselves. I fully intend to game WITH and AGAINST my daughters, family fun. I see this as exactly like swimming or jumping on the trampoline together. Family fun.

            Our HR Manager comes to me and a few other people every-time her daughter wants a new game, as she does not play herself and wants to make sure the setting and them are ok. I appreciate that and help her where I can.

        • Gardos

          I once tried to jump into my TV while watching kids show where the puppets said, “come along and join us on our journey of fun”. I wasn’t smart. Thankfully I was too small to get to where the TV was located…

        • Skittle

          To summarise the discussion then: A RESPONSIBLE INFORMED parent should make the call on what games their beloved ‘angels’ may or may not play.

      • Skyblue

        I’ll go out on a limb here and say that most reasonable parents don’t want their 11 year old kids exposed to anal sex, misogyny, torture, mindless violence, etc no matter how fun the game is. I love my GTA but age recommendations (I don’t agree with restrictions) are there for a reason.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Issue #1 (and only issue): WHY are you letting an 11 year old play this game? Freaking IDIOT parent.

    • Hammersteyn

      Because otherwise there wouldn’t be gems like this online

      • VampyreSquirrel

        “OH MY GAWD! Games have made my son SOOOOO violent and he swears SOOO much!!!”

        Maybe you shouldn’t let your immature shit stain of a son play something that’s rated 18 for violence, nudity and strong language you fucktard.

        Ok I’m done now.

        • Hammersteyn


  • Hammersteyn

    Big “methstake” on GameStop’s part

  • Original Heretic

    She said “baggie of meth”. “Baggie”.

    Yah, mommy ain’t too innocent in this scenario. Maybe it was her meth that she hid away, now she’s trying to blame Gamestop.

    • Gardos

      We can definitely deduce that from the information provided…

      • Original Heretic

        Yeah, my detective skills are on point. It’s a gift, really.

        • miaau

          So you say, so you say…….

          • Original Heretic

            I find your lack of faith disturbing.

            No actually I don’t care.

    • Hammersteyn

      I can just imagine her mixing up her meth and her sons math homework skyrocketing him to popularity with all the cool kids when he gets busted for carrying meth in school

  • MonsterCheddar

    Is this News24 now? 😛

    Bag of MEFF hey?

    • miaau

      No. there are comments allowed.

      And I think is a relevant topic for this site. Many of use are older, have kids and can directly relate to this. As well as being gamers, comic people or whatever.

      • MonsterCheddar

        HA. Thats what you get fro spawning little demons.

        • miaau

          Well, yes. that is exactly what happened.

          The wife said to me one day, “Would like to be relevant in conversations about children and parenting topics in general?”

          I said, “Um, no, not really? Why, what you were thinking”
          She: “Well, yes, it is a good idea because we can then contribute to the gene pool and generally enrich our lives with children”
          Me: “Um, ok. I still, on the face of it, fail to see where you are going with this”.
          She: “right, so it is settled then. I will see the Doctor on Monday to verify that all is in order and the birth control measures will be a thing of the past. Thanks for being so understanding”.
          Me: “Yes, yes, of course we should get new curtains for the lounge, use my card to pay, honey.” – score, support the wife, should be good, small price to pay

          I really should learn to listen more

          Disclaimer: not an actual conversation

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