8 Year Old Reportedly Opens Brand New Nintendo DS and Discovers Porn Images

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Wal-Mart has some explaining to do, after an 8-year-old boy opened his Nintendo DS to discover more than just pictures he recently snapped. Reportedly, Tom Mayhew, a Virginia father is enraged after his son discovered more than Mario on his Christmas present. As Mayhew’s son snapped pictures with his snazzy new device, he wanted to show other kids at his home his photography skills. The gathered kids received more than an eyeful when pornographic images appeared.

Mayhew states he purchased the Nintendo DS at a local Wal-Mart on December 23 as a Christmas gift to his son. He suspects the item was previously returned and not checked for information left behind. Mayhew is not pleased and wants an explanation as to why the device was not checked prior to being resold, or if this occurred during manufacturing. It is a good question.

The pictures were timestamped from early Dec.
The pictures were timestamped from early Dec.

Mayhew’s 8-year-old son is not the first kid to see nudes on his gaming device. Last Christmas, Mark Giles visited a local GameStop in Colorado to purchase his son a Christmas gift. The gift was a refurbished Nintendo 3DS and the excited 5-year-old eagerly opened the present. Little Braydon was checking out the games when he came across images of nude people, performing sex acts. The confused tot went to his older brother and asked him to remove the pictures. Smart older brother, Bryton took the device to his father who immediately contacted the store. GameStop replaced the device and provided little Braydon a slew of new games to erase the upsetting images from his mind.

While not excusable, refurbished items may come installed with apps, pictures and other items loaded by the previous owner, it should be the responsibility of the reseller to thoroughly check the device. This newest case from Virginia is more surprising, because the purchase, reportedly, happened at a local Wal-Mart. Mayhew is further upset because he paid full price for a device that was depicted as brand new, instead he feels he purchased a used item that lacked quality control checks.

This really places a spotlight on the process of trade-ins and refurbished items. Prior to trading in a device, it is best to confirm any memory cards have been removed and or images deleted. While Mayhew may need to have the “birds and bees” conversation a little bit earlier with his son, therein lies a darker concern. Had the pictures fallen into the wrong hands, think of the damage it could have done to the previous owners if the images were displayed online or if private information was accessed.

Technology is ever-evolving and it seems parents will have to take the extra step to prevent errors, stores may have missed. If purchasing a device with a memory card slot, or refurbished item – it may be best to review the item thoroughly prior to handling to children. Mayhew stated the pictures had a timestamp of early December, so it seems Wal-Mart dropped the ball on reviewing the item prior to releasing it back on the floor.

The corporate office of the largest retailer has not responded with a statement at this time. Since the incident, Mayhew stated his son no longer has interest in playing with the Nintendo DS. In the meantime a father waits to hear from a retailer to determine why over a dozen pornographic images appeared on his son’s Christmas gift.

 

Angelina Bouc

Sources
CNET
9 News
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