The wait before The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s launch was incredibly tough, especially when we got to the final weeks. Apparently it was so tough on some Zelda fans that they decided to enact a plan to play the game early, and all it took was committing some crimes.

Two men, aged 21 and 24, hatched a plan to steal copies of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom early in order to play the game before its street date. In order to do this, both men became employees of an Amazon subcontractor, which meant they were working on package deliveries in Amazon’s various warehouses.

The men worked as usual until Tears of the Kingdom showed up, and then they both stole copies for themselves and disappeared from work. When the subcontractor called one of the men to find out why they hadn’t shown up to work, they got the man’s mother on the phone instead. That’s when the mother informed their employer that their son was ditching work to play a game. We bet you can guess what game it was.

After finding out the scheme the two men worked, both of them had to reimburse the employer for what they stole, and they were obviously fired. The 24-year-old actually stole extra copies of Tears of the Kingdom and the Switch Pro Controller to turn a profit, so he had quite a bit more in damages to make up for.

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1y ago

Both men now have to spend the rest of their lives with their names changed to THIEF ala Links Awakening


1y ago

The dedication and execution from these two make me think they could be very productive as long as they set their goals to something more noble than "steal a game to play it early."