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Mum 'Mortified' After Daughter Asks Alexa To Tell Her All Her Birthday Presents

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Mum 'Mortified' After Daughter Asks Alexa To Tell Her All Her Birthday Presents

A school girl joined forces with her Amazon Alexa to find out what her birthday presents were, leaving her mum warning parents that kids 'know what they're doing more than you think'.

Kirsty Florian was getting her daughter Bella, 8, ready for bed last Sunday (18 April) when she asked her why she'd bought her a night light.

The mum-of-one was stopped in her tracks by the question.

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But when the little girl also mentioned all of her other birthday presents, including a night sky light projector, a Rubix cube and some earrings, 32-year-old Kirsty started to realise she'd been 'stitched up'.

After having to pay out more for presents so that Bella had at least one surprise, Kirsty warned other parents to turn their notifications off.

Kirsty, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, said: "Alexa stitched me up.

"Bella isn't daft. She's quite clever and I was mortified. I couldn't believe what had happened.

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"It was like she innocently teamed up with Alexa in a way.

"I don't think she knew the notifications were going to be [for] her birthday presents, but once she heard it was the Rubix cube and stuff she'd asked for, she wasn't going to stop because she knew it was for her.

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"I said 'you could have told it to stop' and she just said 'oh, I didn't think'. I thought 'I bet you didn't'. I wasn't having that.

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"I went 'you're not going to have any surprises now' and she said 'that's fine'.

"I'm going to have to get her something else to have a surprise.

"She's got a long wait now. She keeps asking Alexa 'when's the 1st May' or 'how many days is it until my birthday'? It's not great.

"Parents, make sure you turn off your notifications when you're ordering presents. [Kids] know what they're doing more than you think."

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Kirsty tried to play dumb, but realised that Bella knew how to use Alexa better than she did.

Kirsty said: "I was absolutely mortified and didn't know how to deny it.

"I thought 'I can't really deny it to her if she's heard it with her own ears'. It's obvious they are for her and I'm not very good at lying to her anyway.

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"I thought maybe I should send them back, but if I did, I wouldn't know what to get her. She's at that age where it's hard to buy for them.

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Credit: Kennedy News and Media

"She didn't say anything until I was tucking her in. I don't know if she'd done it just before I got upstairs while she was brushing her teeth.

"Usually, I can hear her yapping to it, asking loads of questions. She could have been storing that for days before telling me.

"I've learnt my lesson now."

Kirsty added: "I just want to make people aware of it. I think people should know. I'm not that aware of technology, but I didn't think Alexa would stitch me up like that."

Amazon confirmed customers can change notifications in the Alexa app, including choosing to opt out of being notified of 'items in [their] shopping basket marked as gifts, or those that might be gifts during major holidays'.

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Topics: UK News

Amelia Ward
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