Twitter Helps Dad Find Rare VHS Tape For Son With Autism


Oct. 29 2018, Updated 12:05 p.m. ET

The internet is really good at coming together and rallying behind one simple cause. Sometimes it's for something really stupid like naming a boat "Boaty McBoatface" and other times it's to help a father in need. We've seen it happen before when a mom couldn't find the right bottle types for their son, but after going to the internet, the company who used to produce it was able to ship the family hundreds of them, basically a lifetime supply, and prove the internet can do a lot of good when it wants to. So when this father needed a specific old VHS tape, the Internet jumped in again to help the father out.

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James Dutton is the father of a 19-year-old son with autism. One his son's favorite things to do is watch old episodes of Postman Pat, a show on the BBC that premiered in 1981 and is still running today. Dutton recently went to Twitter to ask for a VHS tape of Postman Pat's Prize Postbag. He wasn't really sure much would come from it. The specific tape is super hard to find and the dad wasn't sure he could actually nab it, but wanted to try anyway as his son was very insistent on that particular VHS tape and didn't want to disappoint him.

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The internet was happy to help the father on his quest to find the VHS tape.

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Even after countless people offered their help, Dutton still did not have a copy of the VHS but he wasn't going to give up hope.

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Eventually a woman named Jill said she had a copy but she saw Dutton's tweet in the knick of time. 

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Thankfully this story has a happy ending but now Dutton has a new problem. Sharing. 


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