Call of Duty Craze Sends British Fugitive Right Back to the Gulag

Published 03/08/2021, 12:08 PM EST


The craze about games makes for amazing stories. While some are merely unfortunate incidents, most turn out to be hilarious accounts. A recent incident, however, was not your run-of-the-mill Black Friday disaster. Instead, a Call of Duty fan has ended up regretting his craze for the popular franchise.

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The West Midlands Police in Birmingham, England, recently received a call about a person breaking the mandatory lockdown. Apparently, the person wanted to get his hands on the new Call of Duty game, Balck Ops Cold War. When asked the reason for breaking quarantine, he said, “I’ve come to get the new Call of Duty because I can’t sit around in lockdown.

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Call of Duty fan turns out to be an escaped convict

Right up until now, this sounds like a petty offense. However, things turned ugly when the police tried to restrain the person who then turned violent. He also assaulted the officers, for which the officers had to restrain 36-year-old Clint Butler.

Following the incident, the officers took Butler in for questioning. Upon further investigation, it turned out that Butler had given a false identity to the officers. He was trying to hide the fact that he was an escaped convict, supposed to be serving a 17-year sentence for armed robbery!

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Turns out, the convict was bored hiding from the police and just had to try out the new Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. In retrospect, he made a serious blunder. Not only did his impatience send him back to prison but also increased his sentence by 19 months.

Quite why he decided to risk being returned to prison by making the idiotic decision to come into town during lockdown with a friend to buy a video game will remain a bit of a mystery.

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Some might argue that Call of Duty has been the best gaming franchise to have ever graced the industry. However, under no circumstances would it be worth getting an extended 13-month sentence for breaking out and 6 months for assaulting police officers.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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