Tuesday, February 8, 2011

11 year old boy pwns moms debit card

Here's a lesson for you parents. Don't ever give your kid your credit card. Here come the blockquotes!

A desperate mother has condemned Microsoft after her 11-year-old son racked up a £1,000 debt on her debit card - through his Xbox. Brendan Jordan racked up a bill of £1,082.52 on his Xbox without realising all the purchases were being charged to his mum Dawn Matthews' card. The schoolboy made the payments to buy accessories and new games on his console after it saved the details of a previously registered card.

Single mum-of-two Dawn, 37, from Strood, Kent, has now complained to Microsoft but claims the computer giant is ignoring her. She said:

"When I put my card details in 18 months ago I thought it was just for his membership to play online with his friends."

"I work two jobs just to look after my family and pay the bills so I cannot afford all these extortionate charges. A thousand pounds isn't that much to people like Bill Gates, but for a single mum it is a lot of money that I don't have."

Dawn wants her experience to be a lesson to other parents and blames Microsoft for making it 'too easy' for her son to spend the money. She said:

"Brendan is 11 and knows his times tables but it was only when I explained to him that he realised how much money he had spent. When I showed him he burst into tears. He unplugged the Xbox and said he didn't want it anymore."

the dailymail.uk

So to be fair and all unsnarky like I totally did something similar when I was a teenager. I had just received a super rad 14.4kbs modem for Christmas and I convinced my mom to buy a AOL subscription. I think back then they were only giving away 10 free hours when you signed up. It was a time when no one was offering dial up plans with unlimited hours.

Within a month I had racked up something like $100 in extra hours. I felt so bad, I had warned my mom that I thought I might have gone slightly over the 10 free hours, but I had no idea I blew through that many so fast. Of course in my defense do you have any idea how long it took to download that one Cindy Crawford picture with a 14.4 modem and an aol account?

days, the answer is days...


Anonymous said...

This is fat kids mom being told she has a fat kid. I remember when I had a 33.6k modem and was playing Jedi Knight 2 against people with DSL. They hated me because I would skip around on their screen and then magically kill them. Plus... I cheated.



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