A Five Year Old Racked Up A $5,000 Bill In The App Store
Mar 05, 2013 11:49
Should you let your kids use a smartphone or a tablet? While times are changing, and devices like these do tend to improve learning and interaction in children, and since children are pretty much tech savvy, here's one story that will well, burn a hole in your wallet if you let your child have access to your app store password.
Danny Kitchen, a five year old asked his parents for the password to the family iPad to download a free game, but he accidentally racked up more than $2,500 in add-on purchases on his mother's credit card.
He downloaded Zombies vs Ninja, a free game from Apple's App Store. But instead of it being entirely free, Danny went on to order additional "darts" and "bombs" to battle the zombies. Really, all he wanted to do was kill some zombies.
Sharon, his mother, still unaware of the purchases until she received 19 iTunes emails the next morning. Thinking it was just a multiple send of just one receipt she ignored it until her credit card company called her about it.
Obviously, here's a situation where parents and ones to be can all learn from. Never give out your passwords to anyone, even if its family. Especially kids. Because they don't really know what they are doing.
Her husband contacted Apple to investigate and three days of communication finally concluded in the company deeming the incident as a mistake and refunded the full amount to the family.
Because common sense needs to be reiterated at all times, an Apple spokesperson told The Telegraph that keeping a device's passcode safe is crucial to preventing similar shopping sprees.
We're guessing Danny isn't going to be buying anything else on the App Store anytime soon.