If you're old enough to have left the bosom of your parent's home then you'll no doubt be aware of a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation – the unspoken but mutually understood rule that the outgoing child is able to leave belongings in the family home for years, if not decades, later.
However, for one individual, it would seem that his mother didn't get the memo. According to Twitter user @jnlgame – which is an account connected to a New York game store – over 500 games (many of which were sealed) were dumped, as well as "my Ataris, Coleco, Intelli, Famicom, S Famicom, TGfx, PCE, NG AES, MegaDrive, Master System, basically every system and game I never took with me."
The games had been left in storage at the mother's home, and she binned them as she did not realise that they were still wanted.
The estimated damage? $500,000, and that's just in terms of video games and video game hardware. She also dumped musical instruments, skateboards, Magic the Gathering cards and comics in a purge which, the Twitter user said, could cause them to "jump off a roof before the end of the night."
The moral of this story? Make sure you make it plain to your parents that your dusty old games consoles are valuable – or, alternatively, get that crap off their property as soon as humanly possible.