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  • 5-Year-Old Boy Generates $2500 in-app Purchase Bill In Under 15 Minutes


    One can only feel bad for the parents of a 5-year-old boy named Danny Kitchen in the U.K. after they had received a £1,700 ($2500) bill from iTunes in less than fifteen minutes; unintentionally, of course. According to SWNS, the boy had asked the parents to enter an iTunes password on the parents' iPad to download the free iOS game Zombies vs Ninja from the App Store.

    The game is indeed free, so when the parents checked to make sure it was free in the App Store, they thought nothing of it. In less than 15 minutes after the download, the 5-year-old boy had purchased so many of the in-app purchases, including weapons and power-ups, that the parents had ended up with a $2500 iTunes bill:

    Originally Posted by SWNS:
    Danny had bought tons of in-game weapons and keys on the iPad 3 including 12 purchases of ’333 keys’ at £69.99 a time and seven ’333 ecstasy bombs’ at £69.99. He also bought five lots of “9000 darts” each costing £69.99, five lots of ’4200 darts’ at £5.49 each and additional ecstasy bombs totaling £3.22.
    One could say that it’s the parents’ fault for not keeping an eye on the child, however the parents made sure to mention that because there were a lot of visitors in the house at the time, there was too much going on to pay attention to what the child was doing on the iPad. Some may also place blame on the developer of the application for the obviously over-priced in-app purchases.

    Perhaps next time the parents will take a little more caution before entering an iTunes password. Until then, the child is no longer allowed to use the parents’ iPad, and he is very sorry for the incident. Apple has refunded the family with all of the money that the child accidentally spent from the parents' wallets.

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    In-app purchasable content is certainly becoming more popular. Free applications that offer in-app purchasable content is a good way for developers to get users to try games out and then end up tempted to purchase the in-game power-ups to avoid waiting a long time to earn them in the game. One such example is the freemium Real Racing 3 game, which is free and comes with many in-app purchases.

    Sources: SWNS via Macgasm
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 5-Year-Old Boy Generates $2500 in-app Purchase Bill In Under 15 Minutes started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. xhazex9x's Avatar
      xhazex9x -
      Hahahhaha dumbasses
    1. FilSmith's Avatar
      FilSmith -
      I love that they dressed the little guy up in his suit while Mommy wore her best Carhartt hoodie. Classic.
    1. interstink's Avatar
      interstink -
      Apple does need to make it clear how to setup restrictions. With only two touches on your ipad you can turn off in-app purchases, but that is not easy enough. We really need user account support for the iPad (Your child should have an account that specifically allows/denies etc.)
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      This article made me check my in app setting
    1. Colin9001's Avatar
      Colin9001 -
      Too many 'build, wait, collect resources' games around now. Along with the games where you need to purchase 'energy' and stuff like that. I would rather just buy the game then being limited to playing it.
    1. kosher1's Avatar
      kosher1 -
      Parents like this should not be parents what's a five-year-old boy doing with such a device with access to pornography
    1. metaljay's Avatar
      metaljay -
      Quote Originally Posted by FilSmith View Post
      I love that they dressed the little guy up in his suit while Mommy wore her best Carhartt hoodie. Classic.
      lol thats his school uniform...Check the badge smart ***
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by kosher1 View Post
      Parents like this should not be parents what's a five-year-old boy doing with such a device with access to pornography
      Because a 5 year old is going to look for pornography.
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xhazex9x View Post
      Hahahhaha dumbasses
      That is what you get for not watching your kid now hope you learn from this you fools.
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by kosher1 View Post
      Parents like this should not be parents what's a five-year-old boy doing with such a device with access to pornography
      A five-year-old would not even know how to look for pornography. Most likely, he'd only know how to use the iPad enough to play games on it.
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      Because a 5 year old is going to look for pornography.
      Sometimes you dont have to look for pornography, sometimes it finds you !
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy View Post
      Sometimes you dont have to look for pornography, sometimes it finds you !
      That is true. However, you'd have to assume that the parents would not take precautions if they're going to let their five-year-old child use an iPad. Precautions like not having pornography easily accessible on the iPad.
    1. cgfusion's Avatar
      cgfusion -
      Typical nowadays, blame someone else for you stupidity. I made sure that my son long ago couldn't purchase items. Too busy with theeir company.....there's a good excuse. Probably the parents Porn bill......
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Am I the only one who thinks the best part of the whole story is the Dad giving the People's Eyebrow in the pic?
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaljay View Post
      lol thats his school uniform...Check the badge smart ***
      That's what I was going to say
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by interstink View Post
      Apple does need to make it clear how to setup restrictions. With only two touches on your ipad you can turn off in-app purchases, but that is not easy enough. We really need user account support for the iPad (Your child should have an account that specifically allows/denies etc.)
      Two touches is not easy enough?? Seriously? Taking 5-10 seconds of your time to avoid "accidental" purchases is worth the two touches. If that's not easy enough then people are just extremely lazy! They're lucky Apple refunded their money...hopefully this teaches parents out there that making those "two touches" is well worth their time.
    1. BhadKarma's Avatar
      BhadKarma -
      Quote Originally Posted by LastSonOfKrypton View Post
      Am I the only one who thinks the best part of the whole story is the Dad giving the People's Eyebrow in the pic?
      Hahaha first thing that caught my EYE
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by kosher1 View Post
      Parents like this should not be parents what's a five-year-old boy doing with such a device with access to pornography
      Am I the only person that caught the sarcasm?
    1. BhadKarma's Avatar
      BhadKarma -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Am I the only person that caught the sarcasm?
      Laughed when I read it, also caught that also.
      Everyone debating it, is the funny part
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cgfusion View Post
      Typical nowadays, blame someone else for you stupidity. I made sure that my son long ago couldn't purchase items. Too busy with theeir company.....there's a good excuse. Probably the parents Porn bill......
      I think you guys are being too judgemental. I let my 6 and 4 year olds play on the ipad whenever they want. It's just another game console. Granted I restrict the content via settings... BUT I think it's foolish or deceitful on apples part to make the AppStore password unlock for X amount of time after its initial entry. It should by default ask you to enter it each and every time a purchase is initiated. Instead they count on the consumer to figure this out, often when it is too late. It's like they purposefully set it up for failure. I think safety should come way of default and convenience should have to be setup by the user as opposed to the other way around. Just my two cents.