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Parents Pull the Saddest Prank on Hopeful Child

As a kid, I always dreamed of the day when my parents would surprise me with a Nintendo under the Christmas tree. I never did get a Nintendo (my mom had nightmares about me playing it 24/7), although I did settle for a GameBoy — which for some reason seemed a bit cooler at the time. Needless to say, I know what it feels like to want something like a gaming console so bad, you would give up birthdays for the next five years if it meant getting one.

Unfortunately for Jonathan, as you'll see in the video below, his douchebag parents tricked him into believing he was getting an Xbox for Christmas. Not only did they wrap up an empty Xbox box and fill it with shirts, but they decided to laugh at him once he realizes he didn't get the present he always wanted. Heartbreaking and total child abuse if you ask me.

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All hope is not lost folks. Engadget posted the story offering to get Jonathan an Xbox, and since it went up, Microsoft and other kind geeks have come forward offering to hook him up as well. Stay tuned for the outcome of this story.

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Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
These parents are warped. They actually told the little boy to look into the camera and cry for them. They laughed until they could laugh no more at this child hurting and then they walked away. And from the looks of his fat as* parent, she should cut back on a few meals and then she might be able to afford him one, a haircut, and maybe a treadmill for herself. You know I rarely make fun of anybody, but I can’t stand these evil people and I don’t even know them. There is something wrong with them mentally and now they are trying to do the same to this child. And I would NOT be surprised if these parents pawned his darn Xbox and games for money, just to by themselves a few more fattening meals at another restaurant. Foul ghetto as* parents.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
All parents know that their children sneak a peek at their gifts before Christmas. That’s why they hide them or lock them away before Christmas Eve. So that is NO EXCUSE for that mother to use. And besides, his brother lied in the 2nd video because everyone was insulting their family for being cruel & posting the video. The Xbox was NOT in the next room. Now they’re just waiting on that company to send the child a free Xbox & games. And they acted like that box was the only thing to put clothes in. They could have gone too any cheap store, 99 cent store, or simply Walmart and bought an appropriate box to hold his Christmas clothes in. This action was just plain cruelty. I wonder what else they do on an average day to traumatize this child.
kiwishe kiwishe 9 years
That's so mean. I hope he gets a gaming console and plays it all the time. This kid will one day go on a rampage and get even with all of them.
mystery-j mystery-j 9 years
i think this is really cruel and it has effected me greatly this will stay with him for a very long timw the way they laughed in his face and told him to look at the camrea and cry dikheads the mum is such a fat bitch and has enough money to stuff herface then look after her child evan if jonathon receives a xobx theres no garentee that hel get to touch it with the family that he has its sadd to c this happening to such a young sweet boy and he didnt recieve a new one from his family they lied and admitted to it being a prank.
tglynn tglynn 9 years
I agree. They parents should have thought about this one...
remedios remedios 9 years
He probably won't get to play the xbox anyway because the parents will be using it. I do find the references in posts to weight to be horribly rude, however. Crappy parenting is crappy parenting - regardless of weight and finances.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
What kid hasn't peeked at their presents? I accidentally came across a bag full of my unwrapped gifts one year. (I swear, that time it was an accident. This was before my mom learned how to hide the presents well. All she did was put the bag on the other side of the bed!) My friend told & my mom was pissed. She thought I deliberately looked for them. I never convinced her it was an accident, but I still got the presents. "turn to the camera & cry...", damn, those are some awesome adults. Even if they did give him the x-box later, that's still some f'd-up mess.
kaenai kaenai 9 years
Wow. Like this has never happened before. I think the only bad part is that it was on YouTube. That kid will grow up, get over it, and have a funny story to tell about the Christmas his parents got him an XBox.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
Regardless of the circumstances before or after the incident in the video, what the parents did was cruel. It was a form of emotional abuse, to bring a child's hopes up and dash them "as a joke" and then laugh and laugh as he begins to cry to himself. No one hugged him or comforted him in any human way. If you know anyone currently in the field of child psychology they would agree.
Mind-of-My-Own Mind-of-My-Own 9 years
Hi, that is terrible! All they kept saying was: We can't afford an Xbox... how about you hug your son and say sorry for laughing at him. Terrible!
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
I am still mad... they did humiliate him, and THEY TAPE IT! they knew their child was going to suffer a disappointment and embarrassment, what a better way that tape it to immortality... ok I am exaggerating.. but MAN!!! "look son, this is the tape when nanny and granpa make me cry for an x box.... and this tape is of your aunts recital"
Tech Tech 9 years
Ok, as a kid I TOTALLY peeked at my presents one year. Or two. Doesn't every kid do this?! And I'm saying, if my parents had given me and empty Barbie box, I'd still be scarred! As a kid, you're able to feel pure uncomplicated sadness, and the realization that this is a lesson/consequences does not set in. Plus, he doesn't start crying until they really laugh hard at him--those are embarrassment tears, not disappointment tears. And the family lied about giving him the Xbox later, as Engadget found out.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
apma - you are right. He shouldn't have look at his presents before Christmas, his parents, who know what is better for his son moral and strength, have the right to teach him a lesson, and what a better way that LAUGHING AT HIS FACE. Really really educating. I do agree that he should snoop, but... do they have to humiliate him so he can learn a lesson, wait minute... maybe yes...
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I agree with others: he doesn't need an xbox, he needs a new family. My parents would have never done anything like that to me--WHO WOULD?? Getting him an xbox is just going to give his horrible mom and the rest of his family an xbox too. All for humiliating and breaking the heart of that little boy.
apma apma 9 years
I can't believe some of the people on here are actually supporting the fact that the parents are mean because they tired to teach the kid not to look at his presents before Christmas. He shouldn't have looked at his presents. HE STILL GOT HIS XBOX 360. It just wasn't shown in this video. But he also got a lesson in not snooping.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
THI SIS CHILD ABUSE!!!1 is there a law or something!!! they must be punished!!! people keep and keep doing this "jokes" they are A W F U L I know they can't afford a x box... but they coudl afford to laught at his face, to search for box...AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRG... I AM SO SO MAD!!
precious_pets4 precious_pets4 9 years
The family can't afford an Xbox, but they bought the camera to film it? No offense to anyone who struggles with their weight(I, myself, am over weight) -- but did you see the mother? It costs money to eat that much!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
That is the meanest thing I have seen. I cannot believe parents would do that.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I started to watch it but I stopped myself. i really dont need this to ruin my week. His parents are assholes for sure.
Lissiebug Lissiebug 9 years
How could they laugh at their son as he's crying like that? That's terrible!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Really the worst part was that they were laughing hysterically at him.
lattegoodness lattegoodness 9 years
Ok, so I'm going against the grain here and saying this was genuinely funny... well, the first half of the video anyway. I was giggling... but then when I saw Jonathan look so sad and pitiful and start crying... well, that sucked. I would never do that to my kid (if I ever have one) but yeah, there are people who don't even get anything at all for Christmas (hell, I didn't, and believe me, that sucked an egg coming back to school the next year what with everyone bragging about what they got!) so he should be happy he even got some lousy clothes. :oy: But still, those parents were wrong for doing that, and the mom needs to lay off the KFC and doughnuts for real!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Aww. What a horrible thing to do to a kid on Christmas Day. :( I'm sure he is a little pain in the butt mischievous sort of kid, but still Christmas isn't the time for payback. Poor thing. I don't know how anybody can even stand to see a little kid so crushed and heartbroken on Christmas Day. That was really awesome of engadget to hook the kid up.
duplinger duplinger 9 years
Yeah like was mentioned earlier if the mom would lay off the donuts and twinkies they would have enough money for a game!! Hey lets take an empty twinkie box and stuff it with carrots and celery sticks and give it to the mom for Christmas next year. That little boy should go to a jeweler get an empty ring box put a big rock in it from outside wrap it and give it to his mom for a present, NOW THAT"S FUNNY!!!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
So it's cruel that they laugh about bashing his hopes of getting an xbox 360. Not cruel to not give one to him. Just curious - if they didn't buy one, where did they get the box?
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