When it comes to the iPad
, it's all fun and games until little Billy starts downloading in-game content willy-nilly, resulting in a huge credit card bill. In this case, it's little Danny Kitchen who, quite innocently, managed to download dozens of in-game add-ons worth £1,710.43 (around $2,570 in U.S. currency). Do'h!
How does something like that happen? According to The Telegraph
, Danny asked his parents for the iPad's passcode so he could download Zombie v. Ninja, a free game in the Apple Store. Greg and Sharon (mom and dad) left him alone and, well, it ended up costing them.
"Danny was pestering us to let him have a go on the iPad. He kept saying it was a free game so my husband put in the passcode and handed it to him," Sharon explains. "It worried me when he asked for the password but I had a look at the game and it said it was free so I didn't there would be a problem."
On the contrary, Danny bought a boatload of in-game weapons, including ecstasy bombs, darts, and other goodies that quickly added up.
"It was a good game, but I will never do anything like this again," Danny said. "I'm banned from the iPad now, but I am still going to play games when I can, but I will be careful now."
credit, they refunded the family the massive bill. That's not something Apple is obligated to do, especially when there are built-in parental controls, including the ability to turn off in-app purchases. Incidentally, Apple recently settled a lawsuit
over in-app purchases that were made before there were safeguards in place.