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Young Boy Uses His Mum's Credit Card To Buy Rare £7,600 Toy

Young Boy Uses His Mum's Credit Card To Buy Rare £7,600 Toy

It's pretty much par for the course that children will nag their parents for toys, sweets, and anything they can get their hands on. But one little boy took matters into his own hands when he swiped his mum's credit card and racked up a bill of £7,600 on a rare toy.

The clever seven-year-old from Sydney, Australia, has autism and spent his mother's cash on something called a Golden Billy Banana toy from Coles Stikeez collectible range.

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According to 7News, the kid is a massive fan of rare collectibles and had been asking his mum for some time to buy it for him, but when she said no - I mean it's £7,000, you can see why - he fired up the family computer and went on the hunt for the coveted toy.

The little boy was desperate to get his hands on the rare toy. Credit: eBay
The little boy was desperate to get his hands on the rare toy. Credit: eBay

Eventually, he stumbled across it and typed in his mum's credit card details - which, handily, had already been saved to the computer - and splashed the cash.

His mum, Donna, didn't have a clue what had happened until the next day when she received a message informing her that she had bought the item.

In a panic, she contacted the seller to tell them it wasn't actually her who had made the order, but they weren't having any of it. And eBay wasn't very forgiving either, apparently telling the mum she was unlikely to get any money back as it was classed as 'friendly fraud'.

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But not one to give up without a fight, Donna repeatedly contacted her bank, eBay and PayPal, until the auction site finally agreed to reimburse her for the unfortunate incident.

In a statement, the company said: "eBay understands there are unique circumstances in this case. As a result, the buyer will receive a refund for the purchase."

All's well that ends well, right?

Donna contacted eBay and eventually managed to get a refund. Credit: eBay
Donna contacted eBay and eventually managed to get a refund. Credit: eBay

Well despite managing to get all her money back, Donna is now calling for stricter rules to be implemented in order to stop children spending large sums of money online without their parents' permission.

Speaking to local media, she said: "I think it's just ludicrous this could happen. It's certainly nothing we've budgeted for and nothing we can afford.

"Between PayPal and the bank, there should be at least one stopper that says 'hang on, this isn't right'... and no-one did.

"I just don't go out and spend $10,000 in one transaction, so they definitely need protocols in place to stop this happening."

Featured Image Credit: eBay

Topics: World News, ebay, Interesting, Australia

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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