It's the strangest story of the day: a rogue schoolboy, haranguing all the major games retailers in the Melbourne area, in a desperate, futile attempt to buy an early copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
The story begins with an Instagram. And an offer of $15,000. This young boy initially offered a staff member at EB Games, a ludicrous amount of money if she would hand over a copy of Black Ops II ahead of its release this Tuesday, November 13.
"No, you cannot give me $15000," read the post. "No, I will not follow your YouTube gaming videos to see how much of a professional you are. And no, I don't want to hang out and be bribed."
We contacted the EB staff member to ask her about her experiences, but after a brief discussion with her boss she decided not to comment.
However, the story goes deeper. Just over a month ago, the same boy, estimated to be 16 years old, called up the Airport West JB Hi-Fi with a similar request — this time for Assassin's Creed III.
"He's absolutely hilarious," said Courtney, a JB staffer who took the initial call in the games department. "He was like a used car salesman, telling me to check out his YouTube channel and stuff!
"He even offered me 300% of his YouTube profits," she laughed. "Then he called me a tight arse and hung up."
According to Courtney and other staff members who have been in contact with this strange character, he is roughly 16 years old and often turns up to a number of Melbourne game stores in his school uniform in an attempt to hustle early copies of whatever blockbuster game is close to release.
"This guy is seriously doing the rounds," said another JB Hi-Fi staff member, when we asked about $15,000 offer. "He only offered me $200 but he's been offering others up to $15,000.
"We repeatedly told him no, but he doesn't listen!"