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Kid Buys $2,500 Worth of In-App Purchases in Ten Minutes

by Brandon Russell | March 2, 2013March 2, 2013 8:00 am PDT


Here’s yet another cautionary tell for parents who let their kids play with mobile devices. One young man in the U.K. managed to rack up $2,500 in in-app purchases through one free game—in ten minutes. In the time it takes to shower, or run a mile, or read a magazine article, the kid blew a single paycheck while playing Zombies vs. Ninjas.

You can’t blame the kid, either. The parents actually handed over their iTunes password so he could download a game on the iPad. Fatal, fatal mistake. Following lawsuits, Apple implemented extra steps to go through in-app purchases, so if the kid didn’t know his parent’s password in the first place, this would never have happened.

The five-year-old said he’s currently banned from using the iPad, which is harsh but not unexpected. He’ll have to pull a lot of lawn mower jobs to make up for this one. Apple, for its part, actually refunded the money after hearing the parents’ side of the story.

BBC Gizmodo

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...