MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A Middleburg father got more than he bargained for when buying a tablet for his daughter for Christmas. After opening the gift, George Sanchez found pornographic material already on the tablet. He said it was supposed to be a Christmas gift for his teenage daughter.
"I was like 'Oh my gosh!'" Sanchez said.
Sanchez said he and his wife bought the tablet from a Jacksonville pawn shop on Oct. 25. The family put it away, then gave it as a Christmas gift. But their grandson noticed something.
"When he was going through it, he found some dirty pictures on there," said Sanchez.
Pornographic pictures and videos apparently downloaded by a previous user.
"I was not very happy when I saw that," Sanchez explained. "I was really frustrated when I saw that."
He tried several tech avenues to erase it, but to no avail.
"I'm just really upset that a pawn shop would allow that because I believe they knew that it was on there," he said.
The pawn shop owner, Jim Dalton, told First Coast News he has been in touch with Sanchez. The shop owner said a store employee manually wiped the device clean and that Sanchez verbally said he was satisfied.
The receipt Sanchez has said the sale was final and the item was purchased "as-is," with no returns. Dalton said exchanges could have been made within the first seven days. Sanchez said he didn't see that receipt.
"I felt really, really, really bad for her," Sanchez said. "But, I made a mistake on buying that. I felt I should've checked it too, but it just didn't compute in my head."
FCN tried to delete the material and restore the device to factory settings, but we were unable to. Sanchez said he has learned a $149 lesson.
"I'm disappointed in myself because I went the other route for trying to buy something cheaper but I was trying to figure out the money and everything else too," Sanchez said.
Late Thursday afternoon, Dalton told FCN that Sanchez won't get a refund. Dalton said Sanchez can bring the tablet back and leave it with the pawn shop for a week while the store tries to do what it can to restore the device. In the meantime, FCN gave Sanchez a heads up on a couple of how-to YouTube videos that just might help him fix his tablet issue.
First Coast News