We'd love to think of the holidays as a time of cheer and goodwill, but crime also goes up around Christmas time. Supply and demand, folks, and recently, some douche decided to acquire his supply of video game systems from a hospital.
Surveillance cameras caught a man breaking into an office at the Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina, between 9:00 and 10:00 AM on Saturday. He then made off with five gaming systems, including some Xbox consoles, that were originally intended for young cancer patients. Yeah, this guy stole from children with cancer.
Kevin McCarthy, spokesman for the Carolinas HealthCare System, commented to the press:
“You really have to wonder about somebody who would take something from kids who are really having a tough time. This helps give them a little comfort while they're going through the treatment."
This story does have a happy ending though. Folks at EA caught the story on Kotaku and promptly contacted CMC about replacing the stolen consoles. An EA rep explained:
"This story really struck us at EA. We can't believe someone would do this right before Christmas and victimize kids recovering from cancer no less. We've made contact with the hospital and EA's going to step up to replace the Carolinas Medical Center's consoles before Christmas and hook them up with new games as well. Hopefully this will brighten up the kids' holidays."
Despite the surveillance footage, police still haven't caught the guy and have turned to the public for help. We'd recommend he be strung up and turned into a Christmas pinata for the children, but he'll probably be having way more fun in prison when the other inmates find out what he's in for.