Richard Thornhill of Gloucester is pretty upset. He recently bought a used copy of Grand Theft Auto IV from a Gamestation in Cheltenham, only to find four Ecstasy tablets in plastic wrap tucked inside the instructions manual.
The 34-year-old store manager for tool hire company Hirebase is an "Xbox enthusiast" and went to the game store on Sunday, purchasing two used GTA games. Thornhill said he felt a lump in the case when it set it down, and the neatly wrapped tablets fell out when he opened the case to investigate.
"I know they are Ecstasy tablets because they have the Mitsubishi sign on top of them," explained the father of two. "I have two children and my son plays on the Xbox all the time. He could easily have opened the box and found them. I dread to think what the consequences would have been if he had. He's only 12. He could have died."
Now he's pissed the employees at Gamestation didn't check their inventory more carefully.
"It was a used game, but that shouldn't make a difference. My wife is beside herself over this because she keeps thinking about what could have happened," he added.
The store did offer to give Thornhill a refund for his purchase, but he's not backing down quietly.
"The store asked us to bring back the game and the tablets and told us we'd get a refund, but that's not good enough. They shouldn't be asking us to give the tablets back – what are they going to do with them? Their attitude has been awful. It was as though they didn't really believe us."
A spokesperson for the Gamestation store stated, "We have rigorous procedures for accepting pre-owned titles and checking them before they are put back on sale. We have launched an immediate investigation and will work closely with Cheltenham police to find out what happened."
The Gloucestershire police have collected the tablets and "will be destroying them at a later date." They believe the drugs are Ecstasy pills and are currently investigating the situation.