Nirwan Mullick, a guy who was looking for a used door handle for his 96 Toyota Corolla walked into Smart Parts Auto in the industrial part of East LA and instead, found a set of elaborate, handmade arcade games. The games were manned a young boy who was sitting on a little chair who asked him if he would like to play and that for $1 he could get two turns or for $2 he could get a ‘Fun Pass’ for 500 turns. Mullick said in a bemused tone, “I got the Fun Pass.”
The young boy is 9 years old and goes by the name of Caine Monroy. He spent his summer vacation building an arcade with games like miniature basketball, soccer and even a claw-machine, all from cardboard and his own little innovative brain. On top of that, the little guy spent months perfecting game designs, making displays for the prizes, designing elaborate security systems, hand labeling paper-lunch-gift-bags and my personal favorite, his ‘Fun Pass’ decryption method. However, the ‘arcade’ that he was so proud off almost had no traffic but he still never gave up.
After enjoying himself at the arcade, Nirwan Mullick took it upon himself to arrange a flashmob for the innovative young entrepreneur and used websites like Facebook and Reddit to organize it on a larger scale. After having a discussion with Caine’s dad, he went about arranging it. The video embedded above is the short movie Mullick made about the little boy and his innovations along with what he deserved; a crowd at his creative home-made arcade. Hopefully it puts a smile on your face.