Teen father spends $750 for picture of Xbox One

Peter Clatworthy's 4-year-old son may be doomed, genetically speaking. (Image from NottinghamPost.com)

Peter Clatworthy's 4-year-old son may be doomed, genetically speaking. (Image from NottinghamPost.com)

Note: George is on vacation until Dec. 16.

Like all parents, a 19-year-old British father wanted to give his child a Christmas gift he would love and maybe the kid could enjoy too.

So he saved his shillings or whatever they call money in jolly ol’ England these days and purchased a “Special Edition” Xbox One on eBay for $750.

It was special all right.

Instead of receiving a video game console, he received a crudely printed picture of a new Xbox, reports The Nottingham Post.

Peter Clatworthy said he was “furious” after opening the packaging and finding only the picture and a message thanking him for the purchase.

Clatworthy, a college student, admits the listing clearly said the item for sale was a “picture” but he thought he’d magically receive the video game system.

“I always buy stuff on eBay and this had never happened before,” said Clatworthy, the father of a 4-year-old boy and potential purchaser of eBay condoms in 2009.

The Sheriff of Nottingham, busy patrolling Sherwood Forest for generous bandits, could not be reached for this story.

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56 comments Add your comment

JJ

December 6th, 2013
8:49 am

Dasdguy

December 6th, 2013
8:50 am

Theres one born every minute.

LydiasDad

December 6th, 2013
9:03 am

Idiot. There’s no shame these days. 20 years ago, idiots would be embarrassed to show their faces to a news camera. Now, they think it’s cool.

LydiasDad

December 6th, 2013
9:04 am

4 year old son? I’m guessing the eBay condoms didn’t work out either.

Roekest

December 6th, 2013
9:08 am

And this is why teenagers shouldn’t have babies. Get an education you twonk!

Although, I commend him for trying to be a good, teenage dad at least…

EMACK

December 6th, 2013
9:33 am

he obviously got swindled. the person selling it is a jerk. who does that

Wilbert

December 6th, 2013
9:34 am

He $750 investment gained him the audience of a Super Bowel commercial at a bargain basement price.

gtcaryd

December 6th, 2013
9:35 am

Not a very good picture either. I got a picture of one of those new mustangs, naw he wont go for it again.

Maude

December 6th, 2013
9:52 am

To bad he did not have to take a test before he fathered a child.

Bernie31

December 6th, 2013
9:54 am

This One Fell for the ole OKEY DOKEY!

lol…rofl!

Surely when Peter opened the Box, the LQQK on his Face was PRICELESS!

KGray

December 6th, 2013
9:57 am

Why are you ratchet people concern that he is a young father. He lives in a different country; therefore, he want be needing any public assistance or your tax dollors and if he does, it want come from the USA. Same ole ignorant peoeple being mean and saying nasty things.

gary

December 6th, 2013
10:22 am

Microsoft will probably just give him one when they hear about it.

Bernie31

December 6th, 2013
10:23 am

KGray @ 9:57 am – Thank-you! and well said. I too was thinking the same.

gary

December 6th, 2013
10:24 am

Ebay is refunding his money. so no issue here, move along.

notajerk

December 6th, 2013
10:32 am

This article is pointless & cruel. Did it make you feel good to mock this guy? Did you troll international newspapers and find this and just become flush with happiness because you knew the page views were going to skyrocket because it would appeal to all those readers who just can’t wait to feel better about themselves by pretending that it’s everyone else who has problems but not them? To me, it really went over the line when you mocked him for being a teenage father. What, no 15 year old kid has ever had sex before? None of you other commenters ever been scammed? Ever been a little too trustworthy? Ever done your best and still come up short? I hope you feel better about yourselves, really. And AJC… try a little harder. You don’t have to re-post stories to appeal to the internet jerks. Maybe try writing your own INTERESTING content instead. There are a lot of other stories you could be telling.

Hidden agenda

December 6th, 2013
10:33 am

At least it was his money, voluntarily spent. Certainly better than the trillion dollar wastes we all must suffer from government stupidity with money that is stolen from us.

wreckedforlife

December 6th, 2013
10:37 am

Maybe the box of condoms he bought was just a picture. Just a thought

LydiasDad

December 6th, 2013
10:44 am

Still, wouldn’t you be embarrassed that you made such a stupid mistake? Why would go on the news and show your face after that?

Native_Atlantan

December 6th, 2013
10:44 am

Reading is STILL fundamental.

KLR

December 6th, 2013
10:47 am

an XBOX One for his 4year old….yeah right, I’m sure that’s who it was for….wow….what a joke

GaBlue

December 6th, 2013
10:53 am

Wait…. if he thought $750 was a “deal” on that thing, how much do they cost new? SERIOUSLY? I don’t know because I never bought that *bleep* for my kids! My investments in books and athletic equipment are showing nice returns, thank you. Want your kids to be successful? Pull them off the game consoles and hand them a book!

zebrastripes

December 6th, 2013
11:15 am

or teach them to program a game for the system

The Real McCoy

December 6th, 2013
11:56 am

“Clatworthy, a college student, admits the listing clearly said the item for sale was a “picture” but he thought he’d magically receive the video game system.”

What’s all fuss…..he paid for what the seller advertised.

XBox One retails for $400 in the U.S. – so if he paid $750 US dollars – the price alone should have been a red flag.

Lesson Learned – shop around and remember “beware the buyer.”

I need to contact this guy because I have a picture of some swamp land here in GA that I want to sell for $50,000. Do I have any takers?

:)

LOL

Stankbone

December 6th, 2013
11:57 am

What’s worse, is that he also wanted the whole world to know what a moron he is by having this printed in the paper?!

The Real McCoy

December 6th, 2013
12:05 pm

All jokes aside. It’s obvious that that Clatworthy does not have all of his marbles.

The seller, you have to admit, was pretty smart – and legally got away with $750 (highway robbery).

Clatworthy needs some help.

All that care, please pray for him.

RM

:)

Bumper

December 6th, 2013
12:07 pm

Mr. Clatworthy needs to be neutered before he can procreate again. He just reinforces the stereotype of the obtuse Brit.

The Real McCoy

December 6th, 2013
12:09 pm

@ Bumber

I don’t know about obtuse – he’s seems pretty square to me.

LOL

:)

Carla

December 6th, 2013
12:15 pm

George, This is poor reporting. Save the snark for a personal blog. What happened to Journalism 101? Commenting about condoms in a X-Box article is tacky and off-topic. Plus, you seem to make it sound like he deserved to be ripped-off. Obviously E-bay should refund his money.

The Real McCoy

December 6th, 2013
12:25 pm

@ Carla

I disagree.

Why should E-bay refund his money – he paid for what the seller advertised it for.

If anything, this guy needs to learn how to read and think so he won’t be so obtuse.

E-bay should not refund his money.

RM

Lindsay

December 6th, 2013
12:31 pm

The best part: “Clatworthy, a college student, admits the listing clearly said the item for sale was a “picture” but he thought he’d magically receive the video game system.”

This guy deserved to spend $750 for a picture.

Karen

December 6th, 2013
12:36 pm

Doh! How many 4 year olds are playing $750 worth of Xbox?

scott

December 6th, 2013
12:38 pm

this story is a scam. Did the AJC really run this?

scott

December 6th, 2013
12:41 pm

sorry i see now it is real, but the AJC reporter added the obviouslsnide comments at the end for laughs:

“I always buy stuff on eBay and this had never happened before,” said Clatworthy, the father of a 4-year-old boy and potential purchaser of eBay condoms in 2009.

The Sheriff of Nottingham, busy patrolling Sherwood Forest for generous bandits, could not be reached for this story.

Beck

December 6th, 2013
12:47 pm

Good old Will Rogers, there really is “a fool born every minute.”

I just feel sorry for the “baby mama” and the child that will suffer due to his lack of decision-making skills.

Micher Christophe

December 6th, 2013
12:50 pm

Can we say idiot!!!!!

ebayseller84628

December 6th, 2013
12:55 pm

I used to sell a lot of things on ebay. People don’t read the descriptions. I would put in big bold letters that an item was used, only to have the buyer demand a refund (a full refund plus shipping costs) and complain to ebay that wasn’t new. Ebay will always side with the buyer, so I stopped selling… I got sick of it and closed my ebay small business and now just sell stuff occasionally on craigslist.

kbb

December 6th, 2013
1:58 pm

Wow no mention of this guys culture, or race. I wonder why?

Samantha

December 6th, 2013
2:13 pm

Yep! There is a fool born every minute. R.I.F. (Reading Is Fundamental). That was dumb on his part…Can he spell S-T-U-P-I-D? LMAO..HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! :)

Evelyn

December 6th, 2013
2:13 pm

There wasn’t any mention of his culture or race because everybody knows that his race of people isn’t a pure race.

Capt. Obvious

December 6th, 2013
2:21 pm

This is funny because the person featured in the story did something very foolish.
As a frequent commenter on this site and what you might call a typical georgia conservative voter, I really enjoyed this article because it made me feel proud to know that someone is dumber than I am.

S

December 6th, 2013
3:28 pm

Caveat Emptor

What a BLOOMIN’ IDIOT – even Ebay’s buyer protection probably won’t get him out of this mess since the listing specified “picture”!!!!!!!!!!

Dixie Normuss

December 6th, 2013
3:35 pm

Can someone please tell me how to set up an Ebay account? I want to sell a picture of my butt for $750. Hopefully Clatworthy will see my listing………..

aziolko

December 6th, 2013
4:41 pm

Caveat emptor.

KTT

December 6th, 2013
5:36 pm

Some countries have super high import taxes, making gaming consoles and other things exponentially more expensive. I don’t know if this is the case here, but it’s worth considering before chastising this dude.

He most certainly wanted the Xbox for himself, and not his son. He is a 19 year old college student, that’s not hard to figure out. I don’t, however, things he deserves to be mocked for his life choices. As a journalist, that’s not your job and not your call. “Potential purchaser of Ebay condoms in 2009.” You basically just called the child a mistake. Not very tasteful.

All in all, the guy knew the posting was for a picture. In his 19 years of life, he should have gained the knowledge and wherewithal to know that things simply do not “magically appear.” The seller should be banned from ebay and he should live with the consequences of his purchase and be smarter next time. Besides, I’m sure he could buy the child a $20 toy for Christmas that could make him just as happy, because that’s who it was for anyway, right??

Rusty Shackleford

December 7th, 2013
9:53 am

He really bought this system for himself. He is just using the “I bought it for my 4 year old son” excuse to gain attention.

Carla

December 7th, 2013
10:13 am

@RealMcCoy
Ebay correctly refunded his money and banned the seller. Public policy, commercial law principles, and common sense trump scam-artist fine print every time. You don’t need to be Judge Judy to know this.

Carla

December 7th, 2013
10:31 am

@KTT “I don’t, however, things he deserves to be mocked for his life choices. As a journalist, that’s not your job and not your call. “Potential purchaser of Ebay condoms in 2009.” You basically just called the child a mistake. Not very tasteful.” Agreed. Mean-spirited tone all around.

Shon

December 7th, 2013
7:38 pm

A 19 year old wanted to give his child a wonderful Christmas gift? Seriously? And the child is four? Wow. Besides that fact that this dude is a young father, why would he buy his four year old an XBox One or any game console? Then to make matters worse spend almost a grand doing so! He deserved it. Dudes an idiot.

Bisnono

December 7th, 2013
10:48 pm

ANYONE can be scammed and taken advantage of, young or old, rich or poor, regardless of intelligence or education. Your making fun of this poor guy’s unfortunate mistake is no different than making fun of the little old granny who gave her life savings to a con artist or the person who gave their credit card information to a fake nonprofit calling to ask for a donation for poor, disabled kids. Your post was just mean.

SKB

December 8th, 2013
6:44 pm

He should have bought a Ps3