Xbox overdose makes home-arrest prisoner beg for jail

A New Zealand man nearing the end of home detention sentence just can't stand another day with his Xbox, so he asks the police to take him to jail.

Alcatraz cell
At least his new digs are probably nicer than Alcatraz. marine_perez

When given the choice, most people would opt for home detention over serving time in a jail cell, eating prison food, and sleeping on a hard bed. As it turns out, not everyone can handle the comforts of home with its cushy chairs and video game equipment. Too much time with his Xbox caused a New Zealand man to ring up the local police and request a jail stint instead.

Details are a little sketchy, but the cry for help was enough to capture the notice of the local news. The Northern Advocate spoke with Senior Constable Paul Nicholas of the Whangarei police. "Mr. Nicholas said the 19-year-old had already served 10 months of an 11-month home detention term and with one month to go 'had run out of Xbox games to play,'" the paper reports.

The young man didn't give police much choice. He reportedly told them he would breach detention if they didn't come get him and ship him off to lockup, where he won't be subject to the torture of endless rounds of Call of Duty, BioShock, and Halo.

It seems he didn't have a way or means to order a PlayStation, or even a Wii, to help stave off boredom for the final month of his sentence. One can only imagine the depths of desperation he must have reached before calling the cops for help.

The gaming-weary offender is now safely ensconced in Ngawha Prison, which isn't know for its gamer community, but did make the news last year for a riot that involved prisoners lighting fires and trashing cells. Somehow, the Xbox life doesn't sound so unbearable anymore.

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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