Man with hat plays FFXI for four years. Man with hat gets 75 million Gil’s worth of items nicked by mate. Gil is worth $3,800, man says. Calls police. Police won’t help because they think money from games isn’t worth money in real life. Oh noes, says lawyer. Big heap terrible.
“What happened here is somebody stole almost $4,000 and got away cold,” said Joshua Fairfield, an associate professor of law at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. “This is just a matter of zeros. The first time IBM loses $10 million, we’re going to see some police action.”