A heartwarming Christmas story amidst Wii-mania

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Contrary to O’Reilly’s claim that game consoles are responsible for the deterioration of the American Society, here is the heartwarming story of grandma Pat Bay and her 8-year-old grandson who has leukemia. The 61-year-old doting granny was desperate to put a Nintendo Wii game console under the Christmas tree for grandson little Jake Conway.

And in a world describe by O’Reilly as populated by people “who don’t deal with reality, don’t know what day it is… don’t know what their neighbor looks like…don’t know anythingÂ…” what were her chances? She was up against  much younger and avid gamers who can do the 10-yard sprint to the counter in under a second.

Yet she eventually came home with a Wii.

“Everybody at home is worried. They didn’t want me to do this,” said Granny Bay. “You know, I’m 61. They said, ‘You’re crazy.’ I said, ‘No, I’m doing this for my grandson.’ “

Her search for the elusive Wii started shortly after 1:00 am. But it wasn’t until hours and several stores later that she found herself standing outside Lakes Mall at 4:45 in the morning in the 30-degree chill. And she wasn’t even sure the mall had the Wii in stock. But a line had formed behind her anyway.

When the mall opened at 5:00 a.m., she made her way through EBGames as quickly as her bum leg and cane allowed her and and set up camp out in front of the shop. By 5:30 a.m., there were nearly 50 people in an unruly line. Those near the front spread across the grate blocking the store’s entrance.

Minutes before the store’s 6:00 a.m. opening,  Granny Bay asked a clerk if they had the Wii. The clerk said yes although he wasn’t allowed to say how many they have in stock. The confirmation excited the crowd like a bucket of blood had been poured in a pool of great white sharks.

When EBGame’s grate finally went up at 6:05 a.m., Granny Bay took a misstep and crashed into a doorside display. The heartless mob surged past her to the counter. That would have been the end of that except for a total stranger named Tom Munafo. He had seen her standing outside the store earlier and asked if he could be of any help. And help he did.

Munafo and a store clerk helped Granny Bay up and brought her to her rightful place in front of the counter. She went home with one of only two Wii consoles the store carried! We can almost hear little Jake Conway’s excited gasp as he opens his Christmas present. God bless us everyone!

Wait a minute! The crowd went rushing for the counter without any regard for the fallen 61-year old Granny Bay? What’s the matter with you? Why O’Reilly was right! You bastards ought to be ashamed of yourselves!

Thank goodness for people like Tom Munafo. We’re happy for Granny Bay and Jake but damn this story just warmed our hearts and pissed us off.

tiny tim

Contrary to O’Reilly’s claim that game consoles are responsible for the deterioration of the American Society, here is the heartwarming story of grandma Pat Bay and her 8-year-old grandson who has leukemia. The 61-year-old doting granny was desperate to put a Nintendo Wii game console under the Christmas tree for grandson little Jake Conway.

And in a world describe by O’Reilly as populated by people “who don’t deal with reality, don’t know what day it is… don’t know what their neighbor looks like…don’t know anythingÂ…” what were her chances? She was up against  much younger and avid gamers who can do the 10-yard sprint to the counter in under a second.

Yet she eventually came home with a Wii.

“Everybody at home is worried. They didn’t want me to do this,” said Granny Bay. “You know, I’m 61. They said, ‘You’re crazy.’ I said, ‘No, I’m doing this for my grandson.’ “

Her search for the elusive Wii started shortly after 1:00 am. But it wasn’t until hours and several stores later that she found herself standing outside Lakes Mall at 4:45 in the morning in the 30-degree chill. And she wasn’t even sure the mall had the Wii in stock. But a line had formed behind her anyway.

When the mall opened at 5:00 a.m., she made her way through EBGames as quickly as her bum leg and cane allowed her and and set up camp out in front of the shop. By 5:30 a.m., there were nearly 50 people in an unruly line. Those near the front spread across the grate blocking the store’s entrance.

Minutes before the store’s 6:00 a.m. opening,  Granny Bay asked a clerk if they had the Wii. The clerk said yes although he wasn’t allowed to say how many they have in stock. The confirmation excited the crowd like a bucket of blood had been poured in a pool of great white sharks.

When EBGame’s grate finally went up at 6:05 a.m., Granny Bay took a misstep and crashed into a doorside display. The heartless mob surged past her to the counter. That would have been the end of that except for a total stranger named Tom Munafo. He had seen her standing outside the store earlier and asked if he could be of any help. And help he did.

Munafo and a store clerk helped Granny Bay up and brought her to her rightful place in front of the counter. She went home with one of only two Wii consoles the store carried! We can almost hear little Jake Conway’s excited gasp as he opens his Christmas present. God bless us everyone!

Wait a minute! The crowd went rushing for the counter without any regard for the fallen 61-year old Granny Bay? What’s the matter with you? Why O’Reilly was right! You bastards ought to be ashamed of yourselves!

Thank goodness for people like Tom Munafo. We’re happy for Granny Bay and Jake but damn this story just warmed our hearts and pissed us off.

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