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SAUGUS, Mass. - A 9-year-old's Christmas was nearly ruined when he unwrapped a PlayStation 4 and opened the packaging to find a fake console inside.
Scott Lundy was devastated when he found the fake.
"He got a PS4 and he says, 'This is the best present ever, this is the best Christmas ever,'" Scott's father, Brian Lundy, said.
The joy was quickly ripped away when Scott opened the box to find a wooden model of a PlayStation 4. The packaging didn't look like it had been tampered with and the fake PlayStation fit perfectly inside. On the underside of the fake were scribbles and a profane message.
"He's crying, and he's upset, and he's in the playroom by himself," Scott's stepmother, Kristin Lundy, said. "He just wants to be alone so at that point. I was crushed."
The Lundys went to Target in to try to make things right. They told Scott Santa's elves bought the console from the store, since they can't make electronics in the North Pole. After talking with the manager, they replaced the fake with a new PlayStation 4.
"They not only gave us a new game system but they also gave us a $100 gift card as well as an additional game ... the original game that was supposed to be in the box," Kristin Lundy said. "[They] couldn't have been any kinder."
Target told the Lundys that similar situations have happened on occasion.
"We're not the only ones that brought something back with a wooden block," Brian Lundy said.
As far as Scott's concerned, a rogue elf is to blame. But this family won't let him get away with it; they plan to write a letter to Santa about the naughty elf.