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    Default 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:

    Quote 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
    Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 03-01-2013 at 10:16 AM.

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    Hahahhaha dumbasses

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    I love that they dressed the little guy up in his suit while Mommy wore her best Carhartt hoodie. Classic.

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    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.)

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    This article made me check my in app setting

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    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.

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    Parents like this should not be parents what's a five-year-old boy doing with such a device with access to pornography

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    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 ***


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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 !

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    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.

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    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......

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by metaljay View Post
    lol thats his school uniform...Check the badge smart ***
    That's what I was going to say

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    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.

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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