Kid builds an elaborate arcade out of cardboard boxes (32 Photos)
Caine Monroy is a 9 year old who grew up on the dicey side of East Los Angeles. Spending the summers at his dad’s used auto parts store, he decided to pass the time by building an elaborate arcade out of leftover cardboard boxes. After a few months of work, he had a full range of games accompanied by tickets that were redeemable for prizes, and a price system of $1 for four turns or $2 for a handmade fun pass. He even created a claw machine with an s-hook and a piece of yarn.
The only problem was, Caine’s only customer was his dad. He would often watch people pass by without notice, and his dreams of a successful arcade were diminishing.
Until the community of Los Angeles and filmmaker
Nirvan Mullick rallied to make Caine’s Arcade the most popular attraction in the area.
Caine came to work with his dad that morning. He had no idea there was a line of customers out the door and down the sidewalk.
His father said it was the happiest he had ever seen him.
At the end of the day as Caine and his dad drove home, Caine turned to his dad and said, “Dad, this was the best day of my whole life.”
Imagine the good a 9 year old this inspiring can do for the world when he grows up. A college fund has been set up for Caine (
here), he wants to be an engineer (he will be unstoppable).
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