Today kids have access to technology from day one. They play with their parents’ mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and they even have their own gadgets at a very early age.
At the same time, online shopping is getting easier and easier, and buying things online is literally something a toddler can do these days.
Although the above observations seem to be unrelated to each other, they aren’t. Actually, they are closely related.
You might be surprised to find out about all the accidental purchases that kids have made on their parents’ electronic devices, but they are all so true.
Recently, a 14-month-old girl accidentally bought a vintage car on EBay’s app. The $225-worth early Sweet Sixteen gift was eventually received by the girl’s parents, who intend to restore it and give it to her when the time comes.
Speaking of crazy purchases kids have made, an 11-year-old once accidentally downloaded a $1,000 bar exam review app, a 2-year-old ordered a pay cable program while playing with the remote, while a 5-year-old racked up $2,570 in in-app iPhone purchases.
The list just goes on, so here comes Noah, from Brooklyn, New York, who at the age of 4 just loves SpongeBob.
The boy, who is living with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), was playing with some gadget when he somehow accessed Amazon.
From there, it was easy to go to his favorite Squarepants character, and find all things related to the cartoon.
Popsicles looked so appealing in his eyes. Yes, he would be happy if he had countless Spongebob popsicles. So, the shopping spree started.
Noah ordered 51 cases containing 918 Spongebob-inspired popsicles. The cost of his order? Nearly $3,000, $2,618.85 to be exact. Smartly enough, he didn’t even ask for them to be sent to his house, but he had them shipped to his aunt’s house instead.
When his mom, Jennifer, found out, she freaked out. She knew she couldn’t afford to pay for the purchase, so she contacted the company to ask if she could send them back. But Amazon wouldn’t take them back, so she had to find a solution to her problem sooner rather than later.
So, she contacted a co-student and friend of hers from the Silver School of Social Work.
Since Jennifer has three kids, goes to school, works, and interns, her time is really limited, so she asked her friend to start a GoFundMe on her behalf, which Katie happily did.
The initial goal was to raise the money that was required to pay for the popsicles, but donors were so generous that more than $10,000 was raised soon.
When Jennifer realized that more and more money kept coming to the page, she wrote a thank-you note to make sure the world knows where the extra money is going.
“All additional donations,” Jennifer wrote, “will go towards Noah’s education and additional supports. We cannot thank you enough. Truly.”
Within less than a week, more than $12,000 has been raised and people just keep donating, so that really says something positive about our society.
It’s so encouraging to see that random people donate money to help a young mom raise her children.
You can head over to the GoFundMe page to find out all the details of the story.
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