Kid racks up almost $6,000 on Jurassic World in-app purchases

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Jurassic World
Cloning dinosaurs comes with a price tag. Who knew?
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Aside from a few big developers, no-one much likes in-app purchases, which have long been used to ruin mobile gaming on iOS.

However, the parents of 7-year-old Faisall Shugaa probably like them less than most — after their son racked up almost $6,000 in IAP bills, including $2,200 spent in just one hour.

According to the news story, Faisall spent the money upgrading dinosaurs on the iPad game Jurassic World. 32-year-old father Mohamed Shugaa didn’t realize what had happened until he ran into credit card problems and phoned his bank.

His son claimed to not be aware of the fact that he was spending real money, but Mohamed thinks Apple should have taken precautions to stop this from happening.

“Why wasn’t it flagged up?” he said. “It must look like there’s a glitch in the system because there’s no way in the world that much could be spent in one day.”

Although Apple did agree to refund him, he was further angered by the fact that he was asked to wait ten days to receive his refund. “£4,000 to Apple is just a drop in the ocean,” he said. “If they have [a] proper finance team surely they can refund it to my account.”

This isn’t the first time Apple has been taken to task for this kind of thing. In response it has previously added a tutorial on setting up parental controls inside the App Store, while also changing the wording for freemium games in the App Store from “free” to “get” on the download screen.

Do you sympathize with Mohamed Shugaa? While no parent wants to discover their kid maxed out the credit card upgrading dinosaurs to the tune of $6,000, shouldn’t it ultimately be down to parents to monitor what it is that their kids are doing? Leave your comments below.

Source: Daily Mail

  • Scott A. Bontrager

    If you set up the kid with an iTunes account linked in the “family” to the parents account, then the parent has to approve all purchases. Don’t give kids your password, you’re effectively granting them permission to spend your money.

  • Eric

    I don’t feel bad for the father at all. He is getting refunded and systematically, it takes a few days. This is a good lesson for the father and not the kids fault. Apple gives parents many tools for parental controls and he chose not to use or look into them.

    Bottom line, no harm, no foul and lesson learned.

  • AngryDingo

    Awwwwww. He has to wait up to ten whole days, That really sucks.

    I tell you. Some people don’t realize when someone else is doing a favor for them. He should be grateful rather than pissy.

  • wr

    Mohamed

  • josephz2va

    That kid is loyal to the deep end. I know I was when I was playing Clash of Clans and spent hundreds of dollars to keep up with defending my turf. :O

  • Mandy

    He doesn’t understand how refunds work, apparently. Apple can refund the money instantly, but it takes the banks a few days to move the money.

  • Cody S

    Ungrateful jerk.

  • ChrisC

    I hate in app purchases, I have ask to buy switched on for both my kids, but I would still prefer a high once off purchase price and no IAP. The Room I,II & III are good examples of how good games are done right.

  • Stephen

    All I have to say is that it is his own faulty or having his credit card saved on his sons device. It is reasons like this Apple made Family Sharing with the Ask To Buy feature. Maybe instead of blaming Apple for his shortcomings as a parent and checking on his child, he should look into how HE can correct it.