Monday, May 19, 2008

Hookers and Halo ** HOAX **

Update 20080519 10:31am : According to World Net Daily, this story is false. That's what I get for posting just after midnight. My deepest apologies.

A 13-year old kid in Texas had been found guilty of fraud for using his dad's credit card to order escorts, with whom he and a friend played Halo:

Ralph Hardy, a 13 year old from Newark, Texas confessed to ordering an extra credit card from his father's existing credit card company, and took his friends on a $30,000 spending spree, culminating in playing "Halo" on an Xbox with a couple of hookers in a Texas motel.

Ralphie apparently ordered an extra credit card and went on his spending spree because dad forgot to buy him a birthday present:

Ralph had reportedly told police that his father wouldn't mind, as it was his birthday last week and he had forgot to get him a present. The father, a lawyer said he had been too busy, but would take him on a surprise trip to Disneyland instead.

Best of all, the boys told the escorts that they were "people of restricted growth" and that state law prohibited discrimination against them:

Asked why he ordered two escorts, Ralph said he thought it was the thing to do when you win a "World of Warcraft" tournament. They told the suspicious working girls they were people of restricted growth working with a traveling circus, and as State law does not allow those with disabilities to be discriminated against they had no right to refuse them.

The $1,000 a night girls sensing something up played "Halo" on the Xbox with the kids, instead of selling their sexual services.

Frankly, this all sounds like something out of a very odd version of GTA. The version specially for 13-year olds that acts as a virtualization system (so you can play Halo or WoW), and prepares you for one specific career:

Ralph's ambition is to one day become a politician.

Being from Texas, and with a lawyer for a father, it's easy to suppose that Ralph is a Republican. At least based upon the early criminal record involving escorts and fraud.

But really, what can you say about these kids that the video doesn't? It's a hilarious story, or it would be if it didn't involve criminal records and someone getting hit for a $30,000 credit card loss. I wonder if dad or the bank is going to take that hit?