Apple customer’s son runs up £3,100 bill

Doug Crossan’s son ran up over £3100 in in-app purchases that Apple refuses to refund. It throws a spotlight on the dubious practice of high cost in-app purchases aimed at children, something that’s getting more and more attention.

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Snookies121160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

Lol! How about NOT giving your kid your phone next time?

Anon19741160d ago

"I left my credit card next to the computer, and my son used it to purchase $1200 worth of tentacle porn! Why won't they give me my money back?"

Seriously, if you're giving your kids an ipad to play with, take off your credit card info. Personally, I have no issues with in-app purchases, but I do take issue with in-app purchases directed at children. That being said, this kid was 13. Unless the game was somehow masking the transactions, he should have known better.

SilentNegotiator1160d ago

How the heck is this even news? Is it really news every time some ignorant kid runs up a crazy bill on an iDevice?

onyoursistersback1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

N4G should make a new tag, this is not news related!!
This should be file under "dum ass" article!! Lol

And I agree 110% with majiebeast!

360ICE1160d ago

That's "dumbass"

SilentNegotiator1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

You misspelled "dumbass"

But that's okay, we all make mistakes.

majiebeast1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

Doesnt anyone take responsibilty for the actions of their kids anymore? It was your stupid mistake to give your kid your phone with your creditcard details, so its your own fault deal with it.

Yodagamer1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

Heck when you open those games alot of them tell you to lock that pay-in app crap and even it didn't it is common sense.

Eldyraen1160d ago

The problem is many people don't take any responsibility for themselves, let alone those they are also responsible for. I can see where they are coming from (kids not always understanding how things work and rarely stop to ask questions in the middle of something) but its also just unresponsible to give a kid (even the best) unsupervised access to certain things and then be shocked when they make a bad or disasterous decision.

There are two easy fixes here: educate your child and hold them responsible so they actually learn not do do something stupid (if old enough to understand) or better yet (or rather in conjuncture with the first) use the security options that are universally provided and don't let your kid have unfettered access to things they don't necessarily need. If you don't know how to do that... well educate yourself as well as you probably need it as much or more than your kid. Responsibility and understanding goes both ways and if you don't accept it then your kids are likely to grow up thinking they can do the same (part of the world's problems at large).

doctorstrange1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

He's 13, not 4. People that age are making iPhones. Should know better.

KingKevo1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

NOT AGAIN!!! Please parents, get over it and stop being so naive.

Edit: Just read the article, this made me laugh, the father about his son and how he got the password from seing his parents typing it in: " My son is bright and intelligent". Yeah right, cause it's so hard to remember a password. And he can obviously not be that smart if he made all the purchases, or he just gives a crap. And again, that father should not be so naive. It's just too funny.

ziggurcat1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

the idiot shouldn't have let his son have access his account then... apple has no reason to give any refund.

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