​Nine-Year-Old Books £1,000 Return Trip To Paris While Dad Sleeps

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​Nine-Year-Old Books £1,000 Return Trip To Paris While Dad Sleeps

Kids are so tech-savvy these days that parents can have no idea of what they get up to online - it's truly the stuff of nightmares.

That's what happened to dad Ian Wilson of Immingham, Lincolnshire, who says he lost £1,000 ($1,313) after his daughter booked a two-day trip to Paris while he was asleep.

Nine-year-old Susan crept into the living room at midnight and correctly guessed Ian's phone password, using his card to pay for flights, a hotel and tours. She's a sneaky one.


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"I don't think Susan really realised the enormity of what she had done," Ian said. "She's said sorry and promised 10p to help pay it back."... Well, that's a start, I guess.

The youngster spent £400 ($525) on a flight and hotel gift card, along with a VIP trip up the Eiffel Tower for £214.08 ($281) for 7pm that day.

Susan also spent £391.84 ($514) on the Disneyland Express train and theme park tickets for the next day - a slight step up from her usual holiday destination of Skegness.


Ian, 53, only realised three days later when he saw that Paypal had taken three payments totalling £1005.92 from his Yorkshire Bank account.

Susan booked the flights and hotel using budget airline Bravofly and the tours via German-based firm Getyourguide.

"I don't know how I did it," Susan admitted. "I just like messing about with dad's phone. I don't know where Paris is or what the Eiffel Tower is."

Once he found out, welding inspector Ian, who lives with his partner, Tracey, contacted Yorkshire Bank, Paypal and the travel firms.


All the businesses initially refused Ian a refund, saying that no fraud had been committed. Tough luck, LAD.

"They just all washed their hands of it," said a fuming Ian. "They're acting disgracefully. They'll see the flight and none of the tours were taken up."


PayPal is reported to have now returned the money to Ian as a 'goodwill gesture'.

A spokesman for PayPal said: "Young people are very savvy and it's important that we keep our devices and accounts safe."

You can't account for the misadventures of kids, but hopefully that'll teach Ian to keep a better eye on his phone in the future.

Maybe he should consider giving it a password that isn't so predictable that even a nine-year-old can crack it. I guess that would be a good start?

Featured Image Credit: The Sun/News Syndication

Topics: Paris, uk news, Disneyland

Chris Ogden
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