Note to parents, don’t leave your child alone with an iPad, especially if one of the parental units decides to trust said child when they tell them that the apps they would like to download are “free.”
This is the story of Danny Kitchen, a five year old boy in England who desperately wanted to have a go at Zombies vs. Ninjas (and who can blame him?). Danny couldn’t get access to the game without first convincing his father that it would be for free. Once the father had been swayed, Danny went ahead and downloaded the game.
All was well until he was presented with the opportunity to purchase in game ammunition. With the passcode recently stored, Danny began to click away on the not-so-free bombs and keys the game has to offer for an added price. In the span of ten minutes he had charged 1,710.43 pounds (roughly $2,570) on his parents’ account.
Give that kid a trophy because that has got to be a new high score. Have a look at Danny and his mom explain the situation below:
Remember kids, if it says it’s free that just means that the next day it will “costed the money.”
Luckily, thanks to a suit filed against Apple which settled just a few days ago, incidents like this have a built in “get out of the spanking of your life free” card in the US. If a child makes a purchase in excess of $30, the charges will be reverted. Sadly this perk has yet to make it overseas — so let’s keep our collective fingers crossed for Danny’s backside.
Just how much has this suit cost Apple so far? Somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 million dollars. That’s going to leave a mark.
Note: For those that didn’t get the “absolutely free” reference in the image above, please watch the Dane Cook video below. Thanks for playing.
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