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(Guardian)   Give your kid your phone as a distraction and you might end up with $1400 in ice cream from UberEats. That you paid for   (theguardian.com) divider line
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1518 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Dec 2021 at 8:50 AM (22 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-12-15 8:33:03 AM  
tfa says $1,139, and that's in Dollarydoos, so more like $814 USD
 
2021-12-15 8:38:31 AM  
At 4-years-old he figured out how to do this? 4-year-olds can't even read.
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2021-12-15 8:54:53 AM  
1400$ of social media visibility is what this guy ordered. Kid ordered that sh*t my ass.
 
2021-12-15 8:59:59 AM  
UberEats agreed to refund the order when King and his wife explained what had happened.

"This is all part of a social media campaign that UberEats can benefit from, if you refund us the money, if not, our 23 followers will give you a one-star rating. Take it or leave it. You have one hour to comply."
 
2021-12-15 9:03:10 AM  

Munden: tfa says $1,139, and that's in Dollarydoos, so more like $814 USD


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2021-12-15 9:09:00 AM  

frankb00th: 1400$ of social media visibility is what this guy ordered. Kid ordered that sh*t my ass.


Yeah, I don't even doubt it. My nephew who is 6 used my phone for 10 minutes to play burrito bison and racked up 80 bucks in power up purchases.

I learned that you always require a password to approve purchasing on anything with the ability to charge you.
 
2021-12-15 9:12:08 AM  
Long ago, when cell phones were a new thing, we bought phones for my teenage kids so they could keep in touch. My daughter rang up $750 charges on texts in her first month. We had to have a little talk with her. I still don't know how someone can send 300 texts in a single day.
 
2021-12-15 9:14:46 AM  
smart kid.  Messina is simply to die for
 
2021-12-15 9:21:26 AM  

FleshFlapps: frankb00th: 1400$ of social media visibility is what this guy ordered. Kid ordered that sh*t my ass.

Yeah, I don't even doubt it. My nephew who is 6 used my phone for 10 minutes to play burrito bison and racked up 80 bucks in power up purchases.

I learned that you always require a password to approve purchasing on anything with the ability to charge you.


In a way, mobile games like that feel like the spiritual successors of those old 1-900 numbers that advertised to children on TV.  They'd tell little Johnny and Janey to dial a number (or even more insidiously, to hold the receiver up to the TV while they played back the DTMF dialing tones) so they could talk to Santa Claus or Hulk Hogan or whomever for $5 per minute.
 
2021-12-15 9:24:36 AM  
$1139 rounded up is $1200
 
2021-12-15 9:25:59 AM  

Munden: tfa says $1,139, and that's in Dollarydoos, so more like $814 USD


And if it was really from UberEATS, the article lyin'.  That'll only get you two Klondike bars and a melted popsicle.
 
2021-12-15 9:28:55 AM  
"We order stuff off UberEats every day, and he's obviously seen us do it all the time,"

Who the fark orders daily from UberEats?!  Do they not have a vehicle? Do they like spending 5 times more for cold food?!  This is unreal.
 
2021-12-15 9:32:09 AM  

drtgb: Long ago, when cell phones were a new thing, we bought phones for my teenage kids so they could keep in touch. My daughter rang up $750 charges on texts in her first month. We had to have a little talk with her. I still don't know how someone can send 300 texts in a single day.


A message every 2 minutes for 10 hours would do it exactly, which wouldn't be -that- ridiculous on a lazy weekend day, especially since there's going to be some really short ones - "hi", "nope", "lol", etc. I've never personally seen the point of long texting conversations because typing on a phone screen is a pain in the ass and there's plenty of good messenger programs on a computer with a proper keyboard (Discord's my personal favorite), but for those who use it as a primary communication medium, yeah, I can see 300 on an unusually active day, and 100 or so being normal.
 
2021-12-15 9:35:38 AM  

drtgb: Long ago, when cell phones were a new thing, we bought phones for my teenage kids so they could keep in touch. My daughter rang up $750 charges on texts in her first month. We had to have a little talk with her. I still don't know how someone can send 300 texts in a single day.


Group texts will do it real quick.
 
2021-12-15 9:38:45 AM  

Robo Beat: FleshFlapps: frankb00th: 1400$ of social media visibility is what this guy ordered. Kid ordered that sh*t my ass.

Yeah, I don't even doubt it. My nephew who is 6 used my phone for 10 minutes to play burrito bison and racked up 80 bucks in power up purchases.

I learned that you always require a password to approve purchasing on anything with the ability to charge you.

In a way, mobile games like that feel like the spiritual successors of those old 1-900 numbers that advertised to children on TV.  They'd tell little Johnny and Janey to dial a number (or even more insidiously, to hold the receiver up to the TV while they played back the DTMF dialing tones) so they could talk to Santa Claus or Hulk Hogan or whomever for $5 per minute.


When I used to work security for a money transfer platform I had quite a few calls from people who were wondering what the charges appearing on theirs CC bills were. (we processed gaming purchases under our company name for gaming servers and mafia wars type games). As soon as I saw anything game related I would ask if they had children and if yes, did they play video games. As soon as they said yes I would make them aware little Timmy was skimming their CC behind their unsuspecting backs.
I suspect a lot of Timmys got a serious sit down as a result.
 
2021-12-15 9:47:17 AM  

Robo Beat: FleshFlapps: frankb00th: 1400$ of social media visibility is what this guy ordered. Kid ordered that sh*t my ass.

Yeah, I don't even doubt it. My nephew who is 6 used my phone for 10 minutes to play burrito bison and racked up 80 bucks in power up purchases.

I learned that you always require a password to approve purchasing on anything with the ability to charge you.

In a way, mobile games like that feel like the spiritual successors of those old 1-900 numbers that advertised to children on TV.  They'd tell little Johnny and Janey to dial a number (or even more insidiously, to hold the receiver up to the TV while they played back the DTMF dialing tones) so they could talk to Santa Claus or Hulk Hogan or whomever for $5 per minute.


Same thing in my eyes. Now it's just less overt.

It's my fault. I knew that I had the ability to require the password for app purchases but didn't enable it then handed that thing off to a child who has little concept of money. Hard lesson learned. Not 1000 bucks hard, but hard enough.

Thankfully I play the hell out of burrito bison and wasn't all that mad when I was earning Dem in game duckets like a mad man for a long while.
 
2021-12-15 9:49:02 AM  
He should be responsible for paying his debts.
 
2021-12-15 10:13:57 AM  

FleshFlapps: frankb00th: 1400$ of social media visibility is what this guy ordered. Kid ordered that sh*t my ass.

Yeah, I don't even doubt it. My nephew who is 6 used my phone for 10 minutes to play burrito bison and racked up 80 bucks in power up purchases.

I learned that you always require a password to approve purchasing on anything with the ability to charge you.


My kid did the same thing with my wife's phone when he was 5 or 6.  It was the smurf village game, if I remember correctly.  He only bought like $20 worth of stuff before I caught it.  I think that was the only time I had to "require" my wife to do something with her phone.  I made her put a password on all purchases.  Previously, she had one-click purchases enabled.  She still does it with her Amazon app, and it drives me nuts.
 
2021-12-15 12:30:27 PM  
What a load of BS. Sure, guy. Your four year old knew how to get on an app, order stuff to be delivered to your address, and then whipped out your credit card to pay for it. This is a pathetic story to beat all others.
 
2021-12-15 1:57:44 PM  

I Swear I'll Jump: What a load of BS. Sure, guy. Your four year old knew how to get on an app, order stuff to be delivered to your address, and then whipped out your credit card to pay for it. This is a pathetic story to beat all others.


I'm assuming you didn't RTFA or ever use these kinds of apps.  It saves ALL of that information you just click what you want from where and hit order.
 
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