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California man rents ‘Smurfs’ movie, gets porn instead

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, December 16, 2013 19:04 EDT
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California man rents 'Smurfs 2,' gets porn instead [KCRA-TV]
 
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A California man criticized the rental company Redbox after renting a children’s movie only to discover what he described as pornographic content.

“I saw girls in bikinis at first, and I was like, ‘what am I watching?’” James Terry told KCRA-TV. “And then it became more and more disturbing, with hardcore porn.”

Terry told KCRA he rented what he thought was the film The Smurfs 2 from a Redbox in Stockton, California to watch on his boat in nearby Isleton, saying the packaging and barcode for the DVD were identical to a regular release.

According to Terry, repeated calls to Redbox to complain resulted in a manager offering him 10 free rentals and a $2 credit on another rental. He told KCRA the manager also explained that similar incidents have happened in the past, but Redbox said in a statement that it is a relatively rare ocurrence.

“it appears the disc rented was a fraudulent disc altered by another individual,” Redbox’s statement read. “This is an unfortunate incident and we are preparing a case to provide to local law enforcement and will work with them to aggressively pursue prosecution.”

Terry also said he was told Redbox is developing a program to prevent this type of incident that will launch next year.

“I think if this is a mother or father with kids and they got home and they put this in the TV [and] walked away, those kids would have serious issues,” Terry told KCRA.

Watch KCRA’s report, as aired on Friday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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