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REPORT - Talladega mom buys Nintendo 3DS, gets a box full of rocks

TALLADEGA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -
Scam artists worked to ruin Christmas this year for one Talladega boy.

The boy's mom bought her son a Nintendo gaming system but when the boy opened the box there was no Nintendo. Instead the box was full of rocks wrapped in tissue paper.

The mom bought the Nintendo from a Wal-Mart in Talladega. She explained to the store what happened, and the store gave her a new Nintendo.

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28 Dec 2012 14:27

It really is disgusting that there are people who do this type of thing. Of course it is rather unusual that the store did not check the merchandise when it was returned. At the Walmart I worked at, we always had to check things like consoles.
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28 Dec 2012 14:32

Walmart did good in giving a new 3DS to the kid. This is how you do customer service.

But I hope the Grinch is caught ASAP, he sure is getting out of hand this year.
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28 Dec 2012 14:34

I haven't called a game system a "Nintendo" since the NES. I'm glad she was able to get a real one. Sounds like the kid's Christmas wasn't really ruined.
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28 Dec 2012 14:43

I'm honestly a bit surprised that they even gave them a replacement 3DS, but nice of them to do so. It's not as though this sort of thing hasn't happened before, but it's still kinda hard to swallow sometimes.
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28 Dec 2012 15:23

How can a store give her a new "Nintendo"? XD People should really stop saying things like that! X'D I mean, I never heard of someone calling a Vita a "Sony"....
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28 Dec 2012 15:26

"Hey, what did you guys get?"
"I got an iPad!"
"I got a PS Vita!"
"I got a 3DS!"
"...I got a rock."
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28 Dec 2012 15:54

So the kid got a NES?
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28 Dec 2012 15:57

Hmm...I think Ryan Locthe made the return.
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28 Dec 2012 16:00

Poeish wrote:"Hey, what did you guys get?"
"I got an iPad!"
"I got a PS Vita!"
"I got a 3DS!"
"...I got a rock."


Great Charlie Brown Reference!

Oh just to play off of yesterday 3DS porn topic!
Oh it's there fault they should have opened it and checked LOL! JK
Glad to see they got what they paid for in the end!
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28 Dec 2012 16:05

Hawk wrote:I haven't called a game system a "Nintendo" since the NES. I'm glad she was able to get a real one. Sounds like the kid's Christmas wasn't really ruined.


That's what I noticed most too! Haven't called a game system a Nintendo in a LONG time! :D
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28 Dec 2012 16:41

That reminds me the time someone got a phone book instead of a PS3.... And I think it was from Walmart too. WTH is wrong with people. Glad he did get his 3DS. If I were to give my child a box full of rocks unknowingly, I would probably laugh about it in a WTF way, but at the same time, pissed.
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28 Dec 2012 17:01

I'll bet it was purchased using craigslist to set up the sale. I also bet that the seller used a disposable phone number (i.e., bought a pay-per-minute phone at the store just for the sale).

It's disgusting to think so many people likely do this all the time.
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28 Dec 2012 17:25

These stores really need to start checking the merchandise people turn in.
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28 Dec 2012 18:36

Great to know that there's a happy ending to this story. :)

Those scam artists are a plague.
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28 Dec 2012 20:57

Wait, +4? I know the story ends up fine, but...
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28 Dec 2012 22:33

PatrickTheHuman wrote:Wait, +4? I know the story ends up fine, but...


I gave it a plus because I think it's hilarious, just like the porn story yesterday. There, I said it!
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28 Dec 2012 23:06

I think the problem is that sometimes the items are sealed when returned. Opening them makes them lose the "New" status (though I'm sure they could sell it new).

I remember at Target that we returned a brand new iPod Nano. The employee was about to open it (policy) but my Dad told them that it was sealed and closed.
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28 Dec 2012 23:58

robometal cowboy wrote:REPORT - Talladega mom buys Nintendo 3DS, gets a box full of rocks

A box full of rocks huh…

This scam never goes out of style does it? Wow… :o
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29 Dec 2012 01:51

I'm so not trying to be a douche, I promise, but having only read the headline I busted out laughing.
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29 Dec 2012 03:02

And it didn't even have dual analog.

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