From MailOnline in the U.K. comes a story about a 13-year old who bought $5,600 in games for his iPad using his father’s credit card. His father, a policeman, wants Apple to eat the charges.
He claims the teenager, who now faces the possibility of being arrested and questioned by his father’s colleagues, was unaware he was being charged for the in-game purchases and wants Apple to scrap the charge.
But the technology company has refused and his only way of recouping the money is to report the purchases as being fraudulent.
Then it gets interesting. The father:
I am sure Cameron had no intention to do it, but I had to have a crime reference number if there was any chance of getting any credit card payments refunded.
In theory the local police station would contact me and ask for Cameron to come in to be interviewed.
I could make it difficult of course and refuse to bring him in and they would have to come and arrest him.
Really I just want to embarrass Apple as much as possible. Morally, I just don’t understand where Apple gets off charging for a child’s game.
Does any father on the planet doubt that a 13-year-old doesn’t know the Buy button means, well, you know, buy? How exactly is it Apple’s fault? How is it a moral issue to sell a product online? Why didn’t the father set up the son’s iPad with parental controls? Does the policeman father not understand that ignorance of the law is not an excuse?