CAINE’s Cardboard Arcade
I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you already know the story of this 9 year boy from Los Angeles … but it makes me feel so good that I want to share it with everyone.
Caine Monroy is a precocious little boy who spent his summer vacation at his dad’s used auto parts shop in LA. Caine has a love for arcades and, to pass the time, he built his own arcade out of cardboard boxes. He has a basketball game with a little plastic hoop, a soccer game with plastic army men as goalies and he even created a claw machine with an S-hook and yarn.
These were just three of the many games that he devised and his “arcade” slowly increased until it nearly took over the shop. His charging system was simple, $1 for four turns at the arcade or for $2 you get a handmade fun pass that allows you 500 turns for an entire month! The only problem was that Caine didn’t get many customers...until,
One day a filmmaker named Nirvan Mullick stopped in to the store looking for a car part. He was intrigued with Caine and his arcade and went on Facebook to tell the public and to see if there were others who would be fascinated by this young boy and his imaginative cardboard creation. It turns out that there were droves of them and, as they say … the rest is history.
Mullick’s 11 minute film has gone viral and be sure to watch it if you can. Not only is this a real live “feel good” story but it’s not over with this one film. Mullick has set up a college scholarship for Caine and, at last count, more than $130,000 has been raised.