Photo: CAINE'S ARCADE: Nine-Year-Old Inspires Filmmaker, Community, World
In East L.A.’s industrial district one little boy is inspiring not only his own father, but thousands across the across the country and even the world.
At just 9 years old, Caine Monroy began creating his own arcade in his father’s autoparts store. Sadly, with the shop getting little foot traffic, Caine was not getting a lot of customers.
However, it all changed when filmmaker Nirvan Mullick came looking for a car part at the shop.
“One day, by chance, I walked into Smart Parts Auto looking for a used door handle for my ’96 Corolla,” Mullick writes in a blog promoting Caine’s Arcade. “What I found was an elaborate handmade cardboard arcade manned by a young boy who asked if I would like to play. I asked Caine how it worked and he told me that for $1 I could get two turns, or for $2 I could get a Fun Pass with 500 turns. I got the Fun Pass.”
Check out the inspiring and just plain heartwarming story that helped raise more than $100,000 for the Caines Arcade Scholarship Fund.