34 thoughts on “December 6, 2015

  1. A shame Target actually caved in to demands. I wasn’t going to buy it anyway, but the people who want to buy it should have a right to.

    But I went from having some respect for her for being a parent and denying her child a game that’s not right for him, to losing it in about three panels.

  2. Adult up. My mother denied me everything and she made it even worse when I said that other kids got to have fun. Life isn’t supposed to be fair.

    • Uh, could you be more specific than just saying “everything”? Sadly, these days, there’s a 50-50% that one isn’t exaggerating on how their parents weren’t pushovers, and actually did pretty much live the life of a Dickensian street waif as a child, scrounging for food and clothing because their parents couldn’t be trusted with a pet rock that was already broken.

    • If you’re going to have kids, accept early on that they are a responsibility. And those “children are a miracle” things you hear? Children can be an amazing blessing… but only if you’re a parent, not a permanent babysitter. Take that responsibility; it’s important.

      (And the earlier you are responsible, the easier it is down the road, too.)

    • They still sell games like GTA and Call of Duty at Toys R Us. Except you get carded for M Rated games. They carry the popular stuff not just the kids games over there.

  3. Marla isn’t going to be able to take the blame for this either. It’s up to Corporate what gets sold, not the store manager. She needs to call Corporate to complain, not just blame the store employees for selling it.

  4. I know about a woman that would not let her son have anything looked like a gun. Would not let him watch any TV show that has a gun in it. She beat the crap out of him one day for picking up a stick and going ‘bang, bang’. She said her son was not going to grow up being a killer. Well guess where her son is now. His is in US Army over in Afghanistan. He has dozens of confirmed kills. So some times no matter what you do things just happen.

    • Not sure how well people are going to take to a story which implies a comparison between a certified soldier and being a killer, but…

      • A certified soldier is still a killer… a killer is someone who kills, it isn’t a moral judgement, it is a description. Just because he kills doesn’t mean that he is a murderer, as a soldier he is most likely killing in defense of himself and country, which while not an ideal situation, is at least a justifiable one, compared to murder which is killing for killings sake.

      • the definition of a killer is “somebody who has taken someone else’s life”- a soldier who has killed an enemy soldier meets that definition of a killer. What a soldier is not is a murderer. (basically, a soldier has a couple defenses not available to ordinary citizens from allegations of murder. (basically, if a soldier was following an order they had no reason to believe was illegal- the order was reasonable, and appeared to come from the legitimate source for said order- they cannot be convicted of a crime- or, for that matter, be sued for the person’s death- for following said order.)

    • So, she’s supposedly trying to teach him moral standards by showing she has none? Beating a child (a very young one, from the sound of it) shou,d have landed her in jail. Especially for such a minor “offense'”.

      I’m not against a certain level of corporal punishment and I think we may have gone too far in the other direction. But there are limit. It seems like she went far past them.

        • actually, I think you’ll find that in 1933, corporal punishment was limited – even when ordered by a court- to six strokes of a birch rod. “beating the crap out of” a child was definitely illegal after that- at least in the UK- so if the soldier is still serving, then her actions were abuse even under the laws of the time.

          • “Beating the crap out of” is typically a euphemism for “spanked appropriately,” unfortunately, as it is often used by people that have no concept of appropriate noon-verbal punishment. There’s a wide gap between when my principal “beat the crap out of me” with a paddle at school, and when my friend’s dad actually beat him.

          • JFF, it’s possible, but a) it’s not usually the spanking alone that corrects the behaviour
            b) a LOT of the time, spanking is used either inappropriately- it should really be a last resort- or is done far too hard.

    • So, what you’re saying is, through strict parenting, that child was raised and became a contributer to society and a respectable person. I accept that.

  5. This is when the manager on duty just goes into auto pilot and nods,smiles,says they understand the concerns and will relay the complaint. Then forget the whole conversation before this twunt of a woman gets out of the door.

    • That’s exactly what I was thinking. After all, if Grumbel’s didn’t have it someone else would. And she’d be in the same boat.

  6. When I was little, my mom wouldn’t let me have any Legos with weapons (so no castle or pirate ones). I simply improvised and made guns out of antennae and other pieces. It isn’t the insulation from guns and violence that keeps people from being violent but positive relationships with people.

  7. It’s absolutely true that video games cause behavior. That’s why I throw turtle shells at random cars during rush hour. [/sarcasm]

    • Funny you say that, back in the 90’s, some people were complainjng how games like Need for Speed caused street racing, even though street racing was going on well before he started participating in it in the late 50’s through the late 60’s.

  8. I played GTA San Andreas when I was 16; I hadn’t allowed to play M-rated games before that. That’s really the most appropriate time to allow such games: “You can play M-rated games when you can drive.”

    Why so many parents don’t understand this is a travesty. It makes it so kids with mental health problems become more unstable. Though violent video games don’t cause violent behaviors in adults – they actually help as a release – they can teach young children the wrong things.

  9. I had a mom get mad at me once for selling (well, our store selling) her 13-year-old son a Beavis and Butthead book. She wasn’t very happy when I suggested that letting her son out of the house with money and no guidelines for what’s appropriate to bring home might be her fault.

  10. I’ll give her this much credit, she actually asked about the game rating BEFORE buying, rather than buying it, seeing the violence, and storming back in outrage.

  11. Working in a game store, you find yourself dismally reminded of how either idiotic or how much someone is trying to game the system when we explain we need parental approval to sell a mature rated game. I’ve had parents tell me “It’s okay as long as they can turn the volume down.” (Because that male appendage only bothers them when they can hear it flapping in the breeze, or hear the female bits jiggle as they do “things.”) But the whole time they’re buying it for the kid, they’re griping that all that stuff is in there, when they are the ones making the conscious choice to allow their kid to play the game because they don’t want to parent their kid and tell them no, they can’t have it because of the content. Heck, I still haven’t figured out if people who say “I didn’t realize Grand Theft Auto was about stealing cars and committing crime” are just kidding because they’re embarrassed they bought the thing for their kid and don’t want to admit we (and the ESRB website we showed them that gave the reasons that game got a mature rating) were right about the content in the game, or if they’re really that stupid.

  12. This poor lady needs to have some happiness in her life.

    She was complaining about socks just a couple days ago, and now video game violence.


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