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Gamer 911

Mom unplugs kid the old-fashioned way

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A mom in Roxbury, Massachusetts figured out how to get her 14-year-old boy to stop playing Grand Theft Auto.

She called the (real) police.

Yes, she called 911 and reported that her son was obsessed with GTA, and she didn't know what to do.

Astonishingly, the cops actually showed up at the house to help.  And, according to the mom, told her son to "chill out, go to bed."

I'm not sure what's more incredible - the police taking this seriously, or the mom thinking they'd take it seriously in the first place.

Either way, this holiday story perfectly illustrates the generational divide between gamers and their parents.

Can you imagine if parents called the cops to stop their kids from playing too much TV?

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