Man says MP3 player he bought 10-year-old daughter for Christma...

Full story: Asheville Citizen-Times

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. A father gave his 10-year-old daughter a Christmas present that would make Santa blush.
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Ellen

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Dec 28, 2007
 
Of course he's waiting to talk to his lawyer. Why wouldn't he? Why would a child start listening to a new MP3 player if it wasn't supposed to have anything on it to begin with? My daughter has an MP3 player also, but I monitor what is on it. When we got it new we plugged it in the computer and helped her download appropriate songs. I can guarantee if something was already on it, we would have known about it.
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Dec 28, 2007
 
She may have been on Santas naughty list!
Mary Lee

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Dec 28, 2007
 
If it already has song's on it, It was used, i would have automatically taken it back to the store.I would have wanted what i purchased a new mp3 player.

Since: Feb 07

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Dec 28, 2007
 
Ellen wrote:
Of course he's waiting to talk to his lawyer. Why wouldn't he? Why would a child start listening to a new MP3 player if it wasn't supposed to have anything on it to begin with? My daughter has an MP3 player also, but I monitor what is on it. When we got it new we plugged it in the computer and helped her download appropriate songs. I can guarantee if something was already on it, we would have known about it.
The one my child got came with some preloaded music and videos.You don't expect those to be porn. Some of us don't have our kids on lock down where everything they see or do is filtered through a parent first. If something is sold as a new from the factory item we should have no reason to have to monitor what is loaded. The store that tried to pawn off a used item should be responsible for the damages these people will undoubtedly get.

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Since: Feb 07

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Dec 28, 2007
 
I agree it was definitely in bad taste. And Im sure the content was nasty. But worthy of a lawsuit? I wouldnt think so.

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Since: Feb 07

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#6
Dec 28, 2007
 
Why would that guy have either made up this story...or downloaded that nasty stuff so his daughter could hear it so he could file a law suit.

This suit has no merit, and it can not be proved that he purchased it with the recording on it.

Just another nitwit looking for a Bonanza at the cost of others ....

Wal Marts got deep pockets ...lets file a frivolous law suit against them ...

Seems like the John Edwards way ......
wineman

Asheville, NC

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#7
Dec 28, 2007
 
I can't see the lawsuit going anywhere.

Isn't it a business mantra to exceed the customers expectations?
I certainly suspect it happened in this case.
alias smells

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Dec 28, 2007
 
Dunnin wrote:
I agree it was definitely in bad taste. And Im sure the content was nasty. But worthy of a lawsuit? I wouldnt think so.
Smells like going to try to get some bucks. What the hey, give it a shot. Never know. Everyone else does it, why be different. Nobody has any scrupples anymore.

Since: Feb 07

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Dec 28, 2007
 
alias smells wrote:
<quoted text> Smells like going to try to get some bucks. What the hey, give it a shot. Never know. Everyone else does it, why be different. Nobody has any scrupples anymore.
Seems to me the lack of scruples came from the store trying to pawn off a return as 'new'. I'd be ticked and looking to make a statement too.

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Since: Feb 07

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Dec 28, 2007
 
alias smells wrote:
<quoted text> Smells like going to try to get some bucks. What the hey, give it a shot. Never know. Everyone else does it, why be different. Nobody has any scrupples anymore.
I disagree. Some people DO still have scruples. This is not worthy of a lawsuit. Maybe the store should offer to pick up a few sessions with a therapist (if needed), but its not a life altering event. And by that, I mean the child is not severely physically damaged. I am sure the images werent pleasant, but if the parents explain to the child and dont make a big issue of it, the child should (in time) forget about it.

But a lawsuit for a lot of cash? No.

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Dec 28, 2007
 
They will have a hard time PROVING damages....
Ellen

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Dec 28, 2007
 
Free wrote:
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The one my child got came with some preloaded music and videos.You don't expect those to be porn. Some of us don't have our kids on lock down where everything they see or do is filtered through a parent first. If something is sold as a new from the factory item we should have no reason to have to monitor what is loaded. The store that tried to pawn off a used item should be responsible for the damages these people will undoubtedly get.
If the store tried to pawn it off as new, then yes, there is a problem. But this guy is obviously trying to make a quick buck. Why else would the media even know about it? And FYI, I have three children 17, 14 and 10. The two older ones aren't on "lockdown", but I do monitor the 10-year-old's content. It's called being a parent.
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Dec 29, 2007
 
Another money hungry father.

daughter's is gonna grow up and still going to have pre marital sex at age 14 -16 like most of Americans today anyway. lol

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#14
Dec 29, 2007
 
I got my daughter an iPod for Christmas and was trying to download sonegs and she informed me that there was already songs on it...NOW, I just figured that ya got a few free songs,(I am so trusting at times..)

Now I have yet to get any songs downloaded,(I cannot figure this mess out) but will check into this. This is awful. A lawsuit, nah...not worth the mental anguish...at 10, this little girl has probably seen so much MTV that she knows more than dear ole daddy.
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#15
Dec 29, 2007
 
from what i understand the couple was contacted by a person that says he did return the player to that same store and that he did not know how to remove the files from the player. I think wal mart is in trouble for not checking the player out before reselling it. The whole thing might have been setup .

Since: May 07

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#16
Dec 29, 2007
 
I think the point here is the fact that Walmart sold an item that was used but portrayed it (or allowed it to be displayed) as new. Bottom line is that Walmart will do anything- ANYTHING- to make a buck. I probably wouldnt sue them over this, but I would support anyone suing them to punish them for deceiving consumers.

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Since: Nov 07

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#17
Dec 29, 2007
 
My rule of thumb is if the box has been open or crush on the sides leave it on the shelf. Even if the sales person it is the last one. Wait til they get a new shipment in or go some where else.
Oh Really

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Dec 29, 2007
 
Dunnin wrote:
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I disagree. I am sure the images werent pleasant, but if the parents explain to the child and dont make a big issue of it, the child should (in time) forget about it.
Do you have experience in this matter?

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Since: Feb 07

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Dec 29, 2007
 
WNCNATIVE wrote:
I think the point here is the fact that Walmart sold an item that was used but portrayed it (or allowed it to be displayed) as new. Bottom line is that Walmart will do anything- ANYTHING- to make a buck. I probably wouldnt sue them over this, but I would support anyone suing them to punish them for deceiving consumers.
There are other alternatives to Hellmart. Some are worthy of looking into. I dont shop there. I hate that madhouse. Saving a dime isnt worth all the rudeness of both the people who work there and the people who shop there.

Since: May 07

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Dec 29, 2007
 
Oh Really wrote:
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Do you have experience in this matter?
Do you??

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