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access_time February 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM in Culture by Ryan Bates

Two Crooks Launch Real-Life ‘GTA’ Mission to Fuel Online Gaming Addiction


The next time you wonder if your friend or significant other is obsessed with gaming, remember this story: two young men in China have been arrested after attempting to steal and sell a cab for cash to fuel their online gaming obsession.

Liu, 25, had a fight with his wife in November 2012, according to the Kotaku story. He left his home with about 1000 Chinese Yuan (roughly $160), headed to Guomi, a city in his province of Shangdong, and hunkered down in an internet cafe for about a month, spending his time playing online games as well as… other online activities.

Guys, you know what I mean. Don’t act innocent.

When Liu’s cash started to dwindle, he started to steal from other cafe patrons, but that only amassed the Yuan equivalent of about $30. One night, Liu met Li, 26, who was from the same village as he was. Both addicted to online gaming, and both cash-strapped, the two did what any logical person would do – hatch a scheme to steal a taxi.



The duo hailed a cab, indicated a “destination,” then when they were almost there, changed course to a more desolate area; when no one was around, they attacked, brandishing a knife. The two robbed the cabbie of two cell phones and about 700 Yuan (around $112). The two bandits threw the cabbie out, took control of the taxi… and promptly crashed it into a tree on the side of the road.

The cabbie, who was unhurt, tracked down a phone and called the cops, who were able to track down the wrecked taxi via a GPS unit. After questioning the cabbie, police had a composite of both Liu and Li, as well as their original location: the internet cafe.

Local police were able to pick up both criminals, as Liu was caught in his ne’er-do-well ways at – you guessed it – an internet cafe. Police hauled Liu in, who snitched on Li, who could only make a few hundred Yuan off the sale of the cell phones (no more than $40 US).

Both are now in police custody, without internet service.

The moral of the story: Grand Theft Auto – great game, terrible real-life idea.


  • Ramon Aranda February 5, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Unbelievable LOL

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