Nowadays, technology has become very attractive to kids and you won’t run into a youngster that is not curious about an iPad or an iPhone. But even if these devices captivate children and hold their attention with all their pretty colors and games, parents should not let their kids unsupervised. This is exactly the lesson that Lee Neale, father of one Lily Neale, learned the hard way.
Mister Neale, an aerospace designer, “entrusted” his 8 year old with his Apple tablet and let her have some fun with it. And she did. Big time. The problem is that that the fun was worth 4,000 British pounds (around 6145 USD). Apparently, little Lilly was a huge fan of three games in particular: Campus Life,My Horse and Injustice. And she purchased a lot of in-game items to make the games prettier and more exciting. Without realizing, of course, that the purchases involved actually paying real money for them. The dad only found out about his finances being drained after he was unable to take out any money from his completely frozen bank account.
At first, Apple didn’t want to refund any of the money mister Neale has lost through his daughter’s love of games. After all, they have sent him a few e-mails congratulating him for his exquisite taste in games, but he failed to notice them. After a while, Apple reconsidered the case and as Neale told the Sun:
“Apple called me to say they will be refunding the money I have lost and apologized for closing my case so early.”
Lily apparently managed to purchase the games by being attentive when her dad introduced a certain password and memorized it. So, be careful parents, and don’t take your eyes off your kids!