An online computer game retailer revealed that it now owns the souls of thousands of shoppers due to clause it inserted into an online agreement. On April 1, 2010, British retailer GameStation, inserted what they termed an “immortal soul clause” into a contract signed before shoppers finalized their online purchases. The clause said the shoppers agreed to grant the company “a non transferable option to claim, for now and forever more, your immortal soul.” The contract required the unknowing shopper to surrender their soul within five working days of receiving written notification from the company.
GameStation said they gave anyone who read the terms an opportunity to opt out, but no one selected that option. The company admitted the change to their online terms and conditions on April Fool’s Day was a joke, and they have no intention of following through. A spokesperson says the retailer made the changes to make a point. They said few people take time to read the online contracts they sign, and a company is free to insert any language they choose into their documents.
--7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls, http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/15/online-shoppers-unknowingly-sold-souls; April 15, 2010, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Matthew 16:25-26 (CEV) “If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find it. (26) What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul?”