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At the beginning of March, we told you about a 5-year old U.K. boy that ran up a $2500 in-app purchase bill
for his parents on their iPad in under 15 minutes. Today, a 13-year old U.K. boy doubles this milestone; the 13-year old boy managed to generate a $5600 iTunes bill for his 48-year old father, Doug Crossan, who is a U.K. policeman. The son, of course, claimed that he didn't know he was really being charged.
According to Dailymail
, the father contacted Apple to attempt to get a refund for the $5600 that was unintentionally spent. Apple refused to give the father back the money, and so the father reported his son to the local police for fraud.
The son could potentially end up arrested and brought in for questioning; however, the father notes that this may be the only way he could actually get any type of refund from Apple. Notably, Apple didn't appear to have a problem refunding the parents of the 5-year old boy that spent $2500 on in-app purchases by mistake at the beginning of March.
Some of the games the 13-year old downloaded in-app purchase content from include the popular Plants vs. Zombies, which went free just last month
, Gun Builder, Hungry Shark, and Nova 3. Citing Dailymail
, there were over 300 different transactions.
The problem again appears to stem from lack of parental supervision; however, another source of the problem comes from the ease of in-app purchase mistakes, which is the reason Apple is now trying to make it more obvious
when applications have in-app purchases that actually do cost money, whether the application is free or not. These kinds of 'freemium
' applications are becoming more popular, freemium refers to an application being free while unlocking parts of the game still calls for spending real money.
At this point in time, the father remains $5600 poorer than he was before the mistake. It is unclear if the father will ever see his money again or not. Hopefully next time the father will take better advantage of the parental controls on the iPad and keep more supervision on the 13-year old boy while he uses it – if
he’s even allowed to anymore. The 5-year old boy involved in the $2500 in-app purchase bill earlier this month was no longer allowed to use his parents' iPad after his mistake.
via Cult of Mac