The Simpsons: Tapped Out - Boy Racks Up $1500 Bill
An eight-year old boy from Belfast has given his parents a nasty surprise after spending Ł980 (approx. $1500) on in-app purchases for the chart-topping mobile game The Simpsons: Tapped Out.
Theo Rowland-Fry incurred the bill by purchasing large quantities of the game's donut currency, used to enhance gameplay. Apple has since refunded the money, and his father Nick had this to say:
"Theo is only just eight and has no real concept of the monetary value," he said in a statement to the Belfast Telegraph.
"As far as he was concerned he was just buying donuts. We know others caught out by the same thing. I appreciate children are their target audience but it is not right and there needs to be specific controls in place to stop this from happening."
There have been other high-profile examples of parents being caught out unawares by in-app purchase costs in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Modojo's sister site Eurogamer reported on the case of five-year old Danny Kitchen, who racked up a Ł1700 ($2500) bill for his parents while playing Zombies vs Ninjas.
While Apple chose to refund the purchases in both of these instances, it's another timely reminder for parents to be aware of the costs that can be incurred during unsupervised gameplay.
Source: Belfast Telegraph