8-Year-Old Receives Pornographic Nintendo 3DS for Christmas

When a brand new 3DS given to an eight-year-old isn't as brand new as it seems, one angry father is out to determine who would do such a dastardly deed.

Going through someone else's extremely personal effects is always a little awkward, whether it's steamy love letters or the suspiciously stuck-together pages of a Sears catalog. 

And that's when you're already an adult. Now imagine you're eight years old.

Tom Mayhew from Hampton, Virginia, bought his eight-year-old son a brand new Nintendo 3DS for Christmas from the local Walmart. During the holiday, the Mayhews had extended family over, many of which were children. When Tom's son and the other children began testing out the 3DS's camera feature, they found out that the handheld was in fact not new, and contained a dozen or so pornographic images already saved to the SD card.

Apparently the images so disturbed the young child, that he simply refuses to play with it. On the WAVY News 10 TV clip

"Normally he would be asking to play on his DS and he hasn't yet."

Originally Tom Mayhew thought that it might have been Nintendo's mistake, but now he's leaning towards a (much more realistic) theory:

"It was possibly a bought item at one time and returned. ... Those things were not deleted from it, so it wasn't a new product. It was a used product."

Mayhew then proceeded to do some investigative digging. He found that the pictures were time-stamped in early December. He'd bought the handheld under the assumption that it was new at the Hampton Walmart on Cunningham Drive on December 23. 

And now he wants to know who it was that put those pictures on that 3DS. 

"There is no reason for them to be even really on there. ... It's disgusting for one. It seems that this was the only thing left on it."

The news station took it upon themselves to call Walmart's corporate office, but so far have not received any reply. 

In all honesty, the entire situation sounds like a bad joke from the previous owner, who was obviously tech-savvy enough to delete the rest of his or her information off the device. The fine art of trolling; ever a nuisance (and occasionally damaging) to the rest of the world.

This is more indicative of the fact that while open-box items should be marked (and marked down!) when restocked, retailers receive so many products back that unless they're obviously defective, it's likely that most of them simply go right back onto the shelves as new. It's certainly one of the reasons why it's a good idea to do a deep scan when you first pick up a new hard drive.

After all, this sort of thing has happened before, and it's almost certain to happen again. You never know whether or not what you buy has been used before, and whether or not what you find will be incriminating.

Hopefully this is a lesson the Mayhews never forget.

Published Dec. 29th 2013
  • Caden Moniz
    Featured Correspondent
    Wow. That's a big problem on Walmart's part for not checking for any content on the 3DS before putting it back on the shelf.
  • Ashley Gill
    Associate Editor
    Oh, Hampton, VA. I can't wait to escape you.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Really! Such a coincidence, I have heard a few unpleasant stories have originated from this particular Walmart.
  • Ashley Gill
    Associate Editor
    It is gross, really.
  • Marco.Bishop
    This happened last year too. Not really surprising, I have bought various electronics over the years from various retailers with personal data on it. :(
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    I haven't been as diligent as I should to check these things, but I know I take care that anything with personal information doesn't end up in other people's hands after I'm done with it. Identity theft is live and well too. :(
  • Germaximus
    That's both sad and hilarious. I don't understand why he cares who did it. It's not like it really matters. Super sucks for the kid.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Well that's the part that makes me feel like he's actually sincere and not just trying to make a fuss to bilk compensation out of Wal-Mart. He actually cares that some horrible person did this on purpose, and might try to do it again just for the hell of it.
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    That's intense!

    I'm all about freedoms of expression, but leaving your sad home made porno for a stranger to find? Get your rocks off somewhere else. I'm sure the person who did this is laughing about it.

    Just gross, unfortunate, and sad.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    From the little we can see of the 3DS screen in the TV clip (and in the relatively work-safe images I included above) it looks rather like the perp just used the camera function on the 3DS to take pictures of porn (out of a magazine or their computer screen) just for the express purpose of shocking someone, hopefully a kid.

    :/ Still gross, unfortunate, and sad.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    Wow..simply wow.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    It is hard times to be a parent right now.
  • Tantric989
    I feel like the father has the wrong idea. Who cares who put the pictures on. What matters is that the retailer never bothered to check the item and delete the data before they put the item back on the shelf. I mean, going on a crusade against Wal-Mart is an old, tired cliche, but this is the kind of service you get when you buy from box retailers. The employees don't have any real technical knowledge of the products they're selling and they aren't paid enough to care if they actually did.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Agreed. That's the only thing that makes me feel as if this story really is as it seems - an indignant father angry on behalf of his son, rather than what the more jaded part of me suspects... that he wants compensation from Walmart.

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