3DS Purchased for 8-Year-Old Offers an Adult Surprise

Imagine buying your child a 3DS for Christmas and finding pornography on it… That's what happened to one parent, according to WAVY News 10. On Christmas morning Tom Mayhew's 8-year-old son decided to snap some pictures with his new 3DS. When he went to go look at the photos he'd taken he found a dozen pornographic images saved on the system.

"He went to play his games, not knowing anything was on it," Mayhew told the news station. "After a while, [the kids] took pictures of themselves and when the picture was taken it went to a file."

"It was a shocker because we had family here, and there were a lot of kids here," Mayhew continued. "The kids were the ones that discovered those pictures."

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

Mayhew purchased the 3DS at a Wal-Mart in Hampton, Virginia and said the images were time-stamped for early December. He bought the 3DS on December 23. It's likely that the 3DS was a return that was restocked, but never checked by Wal-Mart employees.

Source: GameSpot

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    Kincyr says:

    second paragraph of the linked article (emphasis mine):

    Tom Mayhew had extended family over to his Hampton home on Christmas Day. Many at the home were children, including Mayhew's 8-year-old son, who received a brand new Nintendo DS for the holiday.

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    leslee says:

    I'm sure this will be met with horror and accusations of "trolling", but my intentions are indeed honest…

    What, EXACTLY, do we fear will happen if a child accidentally views pornographic material?

    Is the child going to be irreparably harmed forever in some unknown way?

    Is s/he suddenly going to run screaming out into the street and get hit by a bus?

    Or is it possible that our REAL fears have more to do with OURSELVES?  That the child might ask honest questions that some adults are too prudish and/or embarrassed to answer?

    I absolutely agree that the device should have been wiped before it was restocked. But would we even be having this conversation if the material left on the device had been VIOLENT in nature instead of sexual?

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Actually, it isn't even THAT.  In Walmart's case, they were supposed to either tag it as used before putting it back on the shelf, or get sent back to their Distribution Center to eventually get sent back to Nintendo.

    Whomever the claims associate for their store was when it was returned – if this did, in fact, happen in the first place – just didn't do their job right.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    In Walmart's case that's unlikely to happen. Gamestop is a dedicated game retailer that know their clientele and their products(usually) and has the facilities to reset devices back to almost factory condition.


    In Walmart's case, it seems to be repackage it and toss it on the shelf hoping someone increases our profits for it. I mean, some of them still have PS2 accessories in stock for crying out loud.

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    Cecil475 says:

    The employees at Wal-Mart, or Gamestop, or whatever store that accepts returns of such device should make sure the user data is wiped off before said device before it is restocked and resold.


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    mthiel says:

    Personally, I think parents complain too much about sex in entertainment, but this is one of those times where the parent has a 100% legitimate complaint. anybody purchasing a product that is sold as new (or even refurbished) should expect no user data on said product.

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    DreadWolf7 says:

     Going to go on and say has anyone thought that an employee may have taken the 3ds home loaded it with the pictures then put it back hoping for this very event to happen?

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