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greatwade
04-28-2008, 12:01 PM
http://arstechnica.com/journals/thumbs.ars/2008/04/28/grand-theft-ups-copies-of-gta-disappearing-en-route-to-retailers

Grand Theft UPS: copies of GTA stolen en route to retailers (http://arstechnica.com/journals/thumbs.ars/2008/04/28/grand-theft-ups-copies-of-gta-disappearing-en-route-to-retailers)

By Ben Kuchera (http://arstechnica.com/authors.ars/Stasis7) | Published: April 28, 2008 - 08:13AM CT
http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2008/04/ups1JPG-1.jpg After reporting on the hype and controversy (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080424-industry-critics-fighting-pr-battle-ahead-of-gta-4-release.html) surrounding the Tuesday release of Grand Theft Auto IV (http://arstechnica.com/journals/thumbs.ars/2008/04/13/grand-theft-auto-and-the-platform-debate), I can't believe I'm going to write a "this game causes crime!" story, but here we go. I spoke to an employee of UPS over the weekend, and he told me that a surprising amount of workers were getting busted stealing the game from the shipment boxes. In one 24-hour period, three workers were fired, and more interviews were scheduled for today that would likely end in termination.
I asked if this was common when big-name games were released, and he told me no; the situation was novel, or he wouldn't have brought it up at all. The game was enticing enough for many workers to risk losing their job and, in typical fashion for low-level crimes like this, it has been easy to identify the workers stealing the games.
"When we have a [big name release], we communicate it to operations and security teams. We have security in place at the facilities, and we make sure they understand to keep an eye out for things to exit the building," he explained. How did they find where games were stolen? "We had tips from people inside, and some of them were discovered at intermediate hubs... it's easy to spot: flaps torn, some boxes are re-taped." In most cases, the bust is as easy as finding the last person who scanned the box as full and interviewing them. "They're not selling them, these people are stealing one copy," he told me—all of the thefts seem to be for personal use. It seems many people think stealing a game a few days before release is worth it, and this is far from the perfect crime.
"As long as the people loading the packages are doing their jobs, it's easy to track down," our source told Ars. "It's kind of funny, isn't it? It's a game about theft, and people are stealing it." His eyes began to shine as he said, "and I get to terminate them."

SpurzN703
04-28-2008, 12:04 PM
Idiots

WeVie
04-28-2008, 03:31 PM
Stupid. What sad is they have no chance of not getting caught.

arsenal
04-28-2008, 03:36 PM
*******es... only stealing 1 at a time... pfft

Dolfan32323
04-28-2008, 06:19 PM
great thread title.

cant wait for this game tomorrow, ready to kill some hookers.

Phinz420
04-28-2008, 07:45 PM
Idiots wasted their jobs when all they had to do was "mod" a Xbox 360 and download the damn game from a torrent site if they wanted to play it early.

Dolphins7273
04-28-2008, 07:45 PM
What a bunch of losers.