I make it a general rule to always say no when BG1 wants to buy an app or buy one of those “in-app purchases” on one of her games. I think it’s a waste of money and she can get just as much fun out of the game for free.
However, since she did receive a hefty amount of Apple Store credit as a past birthday gift, she very casually asked us if she was allowed to buy this “special $0.99 package” for her Snoopy’s Street Fair game. Considering how she’s had that credit for almost a year now and it was given to her so she could make purchases just like this, I agreed to let her buy it.
And I didn’t even give it a second thought.
Until this email showed up in my inbox:
Well, my first reaction was – what the hell were those other purchases doing there?!
Oh yes, she decided to buy crap to help out her little street fair and Smurfs village! Really, now?!
Then I thought, okay, it’s not SO bad because she does have enough money to cover it and it was her money to spend. We did, however, scold her on how upset we were that she didn’t tell us she made additional purchases after the 1st one and decidedly took her iPad away for the day as punishment for lying by omission.
Low and behold, a little later in the morning, my inbox looked like this:
All of them, which when opened up, looked a little something like this:
It appears she went on a crazy “in-app” shopping spree last night! Her rationale was that it was her birthday money to spend on what she wanted, which, granted, is true; but when the emails progressed from “Charge To: Store Credit” to “Charge To: Visa”, I had to do a double-take, zoom in, and stare at my screen!
Evidently, she did not keep track of how much money she was spending…
So now she has spent all of her $44 in Apple Store credit and an additional $70 was charged to my credit card.
Oh, ho ho, you better believe we were pissed! That girl is lucky I suppressed my inner nature to kill and she will not be seeing her iPad for quite awhile after this incident!
You see, this is exactly what happens when I say yes. You give a kid a yes and they walk all over you and your credit card like there’s no tomorrow!
File this under Lessons Learned. She ain’t gonna be getting a yes from me any time soon!