Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Who didn't see this coming?

A teenager in Thailand has killed a taxi driver in an attempt to emulate what he'd see in the Grand Theft Auto video game.

Police said the youth, an obsessive player of "Grand Theft Auto," showed no sign of mental problems during questioning and had confessed to committing the crime because of the game.

"He said he wanted to find out if it was as easy in real life to rob a taxi as it was in the game," chief police investigator Veeravit Pipattanasak told Reuters.

The youth, described by his parents as polite and diligent, was arrested late on Saturday after he was found trying to steer a cab backwards out of a Bangkok street with the severely wounded driver in the back seat, newspapers reported.

I found out pretty quickly that my 2-year-old will mimic anything she sees or hears on TV, so it doesn't surprise me that someone out there would take it this far.