Five-year old kid spends £1,700 in iPad app
iPads are great little things. They can do so many useful tasks, but above all they're a great way to distract kids when you need some peace and quiet. Sure, you're not going to win the 'parent of the year' award by constantly surrendering your kids to an iPad, but speak to any tired parent and they'll agree that in most scenarios, the iPad can be a lifesaver.
Which is exactly what Greg and Sharon Kitchen of Warmley, England thought when they handed their iPad over to their son Danny to play a free game, Zombie vs Ninja, while they entertained friends.
But it turns out that using the iPad as a distraction / babysitter was a bit of a mistake. For little Danny was enjoying the game so much, he inadvertently spent £1,700 on purchases within the app. It wasn't until the next day when Sharon received 19 emails from iTunes detailing her son's purchases and a follow-up call from her credit card company that she realized what had happened.
Despite being initially furious with their son, both parents realized that he hadn't made the purchases on purpose, and Apple have responded saying that they will refund the money to the family, adding that there are guides and parental controls in place in iOS to stop such incidents from happening in the first place.