A man posted an ad on Craigslist, which advertised a “free” Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However, there was a catch. In order to get the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, the receiver had to show up as Santa Claus. But why?
The father began the Craigslist post by expressing that his kids were “ungrateful bastards.” Within the post, based in Sacramento, California, he stated as follows.
“I tried to be a good dad this Christmas and give my kids a Playstation 4 and Xbox One. And ever since they opened the gifts, they have become little ungrateful bastards.”
This dad bought his kids both an Xbox One as well as a PlayStation 4 — not just one or the other. The man continued describing the kids’ behaviors as being disrespectful to their mother, throwing tantrums, refusing to complete chores, etc.
While the Xbox and PlayStation consoles were in the children’s possessions, they called their dad a “f*****g idiot.” This came after the father told them that Santa was going to return and confiscate their gaming consoles — to which, the kids announced that Santa doesn’t exist.
In his Craigslist post, the man exclaimed, “Well Santa exists and he’s f*****g pissed.” In an effort to prove the kids wrong and humble their ways, verbatim, the dad explained as follows.
“So here’s where you guys come in. I will give their PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to you for free but only if you can come in a Santa outfit. It doesn’t have to be a good one. Even if it’s just red clothes and a beard, that would be fine. But you gotta come in the house and pretend to be Santa and I’ll hand you the gift in front of my little s**t children who I expect will cry and beg. It will be glorious.”
Obviously, this dad was fed up. He spent a nice sum of money on his children’s Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. At current retail, a 500 gigabyte Xbox One still sells for $320, minimum, for the Gears of War bundle says Jet and Amazon.
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Likewise, a 500 gigabyte PlayStation 4 sells for $349, retail minimum says Best Buy — regardless of the bundle.
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Would you not be pissed as well?
The dad code-named himself “the Christmas elf.” At the end of the Craigslist post, he added that — if someone should call or text — the person should ask for that specific name. He also mentioned that his kids had been attempting to take his phone at the time. As he explained further, the attempts were made so they could purchase more Angry Birds levels. This is after he’s already purchased and gifted them with an Xbox One and PlayStation 4, no less. He concluded the post with, “…if you hear one of those little brats answer, just tell them it’s Santa calling.”
Well, either the plan worked or he aborted it. The Craigslist post is no longer visible on the site. Usually, when a post isn’t available any longer, it’s because the product has been purchased or it just isn’t for sell (for whatever reason). In this case, maybe a “Santa” enthusiast answered the dad’s call to parental justice? It hasn’t been confirmed. But, it could be that someone is an Xbox and PlayStation richer?
Interestingly enough, gamers have their preferences when it concerns the two consoles. However, Extreme Tech says the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 almost have identical hardware.
“With an x86 AMD APU at the heart of each, the Sony and Microsoft consoles are essentially PCs — and their hardware specs, and thus relative performance, can be compared in the same way you would compare two x86-based laptops or ARM-based Android tablets.”
For parents who didn’t know which to purchase their kids, The Guardian actually published a short buyers guide in late 2013, to differentiate the Xbox One from the PlayStation 4 and vice versa. Not much has changed about the gaming consoles from that time, as far as competition is concerned.
So, essentially, the dad could’ve bought the kids one or the other. However, as he mentioned, he was trying to be a “good dad.” Maybe one kid wanted an Xbox and the other wanted a PlayStation. What do you think happened, as reason the post is no longer visible? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.