A Pembroke, Ont., dad is "very pleased" that Xbox's parent company has refunded more than $8,000 in in-game purchases that his son racked up on his credit card before Christmas.
This refund should not have happened..the teen is irresponsible and should have been forced to work to pay off his debt.
Lets just say he learned his lesson. We don't have to be cold hearted people my friend.
I have a son and as a father I teach my boy to be responsible. By letting this 17 year old off the hook by taking away his Xbox is not what I would call teaching a young adult a lesson.
@bro I wouldn't want to pay 8k so I would be STOKED if I had actually been refunded. I perhaps would make my son work that 8k off and tell him that this is going to your college fund. If you go to school I will use it to help you pay for it. If not. It's mine. Even if it was refunded. Just to teach him a lesson.
I'm sorry but being from the old school, I (and everybody I knew) would have had to pay off that whole amount by getting a J...O...B. Nobody can think that this 17 year old can spend $8,000 $25/$50/$100 at a time. Even if you bought a $100 item, you would have had to do it 80 times. Not to mention the dad gives the kid a credit card with a limit over $8,000 without knowing whether his son knows the value of a dollar... Dad or 17 year old should have paid every cent.
Canadian dollar is so low he might have thought it wouldn't amount to much /S On a serious note, the family probably isn't the brightest if they let this happen, and they should have gotten 0 refund.
The son had no clue, he thought it was a one time fee. "He thought it was a one-time fee for the game," Perkins said earlier this month. "He's just as sick as I am." Its awesome MS responded fast to this. And while the father should teach him more responsibilities, those kind of mistakes can happen to anyone. The kid wasn't aware of his actions. Don't tell me you believe anyone in his right mind would spend 8k on a game unless He/She are filthy rich.
Of course he would say he wasn't aware he was being charged... This is a "17 year old kid" we're talking about here not a 5 year old! Are you telling me at 17 years old you didn't know what you were doing while playing games or extra charges? At 17 I had my own car and banking accounts and my first job. Sorry but I don't see the good in this story
a 17 year old is a mature person already. even a 7 year old current generation gamer know what are in-app purchases and how they work.
Yea, I dont understand how you "accidently" spend 8k, espeically when your not a little kid. In the end the father would of end up paying for it, not the teenager so I think it was a good move by microsoft and would of been a pr disaster if the father made a big deal about it if they had not refunded....
Some people really are that dumb.
The dad is an idiot blaming Xbox. There are safeguards in place man, don't give your kids a credit card and then teach them some responsibility and accountability instead of blaming others for your lack of parenting
@bro I was kind of agreeing with you in original post, but then when you said "17 year old" I was fully on board with you. If the kid was 8 or something but 17!!! god damn, you should know by that age.
Don't be such a dork. The kid is the idiot obviously and a scoundrel but are they really expecting the middle class citizen to pay 8'000 dollars? That's just horrid for anyone and blame the shady company that allow these kids with games to slap gambling habits in their face. YOU DONT BUY THE CARD YOU WANT ITS RANDOM NO MATTER THE QUALITY. It's this mindset that EA, 2k, Activision, and Ubisoft are known for but especially bad in sports games where you don't have control over the dlc you get. It's the most form of scumbaggish things of gaming today next to DRM. I give M$ a lot of flack but I would say thank you just knowing the fact they did the right thing. Kid is a scumbag and isn't educated to well on money. Dad is a victim. I would suggest keeping kids from playing madden and fifa until EA pull's there head out of their ass and makes a better game rather than designing one built to agg on buying bs card packs. Game quality goes down when they realize a ton of people like getting great players for their "Ultimate Team"..give me a break and it's not like all that money you spent the previous years gets applied to next years version... Just throwing money down a drain that EA and the other ugly ass publishers are soaking up with these tactics.
while i agree with rest of stuff u wrote, im not sure why are u calling him a "kid" lol, coz a 17+ year is a mature person here lol
What was he buying in Fifa? those stupid in game purchases for cards or whatever?
FIFA points to purchase packs
How does one "accidentally" spend $8000+ when you are asked for a confirmation before each purchase? That kid is lying. He's old enough to know exactly what he's doing.
It's a joke to say a 17 year old kid which mind you is an adult in many places was unaware of how these charges work. There are pop ups and warnings all over the place. And no it shouldn't have been refunded. But the real crime here is that in a $60 game someone can even spend $8,000. FIFA was a profitable game franchise when you got everything for $60.
Agree totally. I could understand if in-app purchases were sort of new, or the kid was 10. But these things have been around for years now, and like you said, kids nowadays are so technically savvy.
Nice, good job!
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Props to MS for doing what they did... This is a young man and not a kid though and should have learned his lesson the hard way.
It really is amazing that MS would even refund the money. I mean we read all the time how MS are a cold money grubbing bunch but I have read better customer service from them than I have from the competition. I mean Sony won't even refund a game when someone claims it was fraud, but MS is refunding 8k. Very cool.
Microsoft is one of the very best companies out there. They have been doing all sorts of amazing things for their fans. Free Windows 10 for the first year even for Windows 7 users, free BC, and now top notch customer service. Microsoft deserves to win company of the year 2016!
Yet some people have selective memories.
i don't think whipping a 17 year old is a very bright idea lol
Now have EA void all content when he next go to play.
This is way Microsoft don't get no respect. I understand what they are doing, but father and son must take responsibility for there actions, and you can't tell me that visa dint send that man email on what was going in with his account, and yes my child has Xbox live and I always keep my eye on her account
MS just show how stupid this move is. Let them learn their lesson. The kid is old enough to understand life in general. He can make a baby already lmao
It's not Microsofts fault that this dude has a dipshit child and is horrible at watching his finances.
He's from Ontario, what do you expect?
Hmm, I don't get it.
It's a little inter-provincial joke ;) not serious though, some of my family is from there too and we always like to poke fun at the stereotypes of each other's provinces.
Oh um Microsoft my son bought all of my games too 😜
It's bullshit that the son was ignorant about the fees. He's 17 not 5 years old. Make him pay for it and let him find a job.
isnt like 8K CAD about $10 USD with conversion?
I blame EA. Everything is EA's fault.
Lazy effin kids and lazier parenting, when I was 17 I wanted a Turbo Graphics 16 and had to get a job to buy it.
I do agree that the parent is a dumb ass. I have a kid that games. I have my credit card hooked up to the account, but I require the password everytime she buys something. The parent should thank his lucky stars that MS was kind enough to reverse it. They really didn't have to. But, it is good that they did. As for the kid, the parent should start parenting and punish the kid for his stupidity.
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