Six-year-old boy orders £800 worth of takeaways on dad’s phone while his mum is out
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People have been left in stitches after a young boy spent a whopping £810 ($1,000) on takeaway on his dad's phone.
Catch the dad's reaction here:
Let's not beat around the bush, we're all guilty of opening up the UberEats or Deliveroo app and adding all the items we dream of devouring into the basket, watching the total to grow to over £50.
Alas, stuck in the confines of a cost of living crisis, we close down the app and go and get our wimpy, unappetising salads out of the fridge instead.
Six-year-old Mason from Chesterfield, Michigan, didn't let financial woes get the better of him - it was on his dad's credit card after all.
In absolutely epic - and terrifying - fashion, Mason added a mega £810 ($1,000) of food items into his dad's Grubhub account while his mum Kristin was out seeing a film and his dad Keith Stonehouse believed he was playing games on the device.
The £810 ($1,000) worth of items included chicken sandwiches from Shawarma Yes, shrimp from Happy's and ice cream from Leo's, as well as 'more than 12' chilli cheese fries, the six-year-old told Fox 2.
Keith only realised what his son had done when he was putting him to bed.
He told the Washington Examiner: "I saw a car pull up, and the doorbell rang with the driver dropping off a big bag of stuff.
"My wife owns 'A Slice of Heaven Cakes' bakery, and it was a big wedding weekend, so I thought it was just someone dropping off decorative stuff they used from her.
"But it was from Leo's Coney Island. I said, 'What the heck?'
"The doorbell rang again, and it kept happening. Car after car. Cars were pulling into the driveway while others were pulling out.
"I finally asked one of them what they were delivering. He said we ordered chicken shawarmas. I took the food, and then it hit me.
"I looked at my phone with repeated messages that my food was getting ready, my food was being delivered. I looked at my bank account, and it was getting drained."
After realising his son had not, in fact, been playing a pre-bedtime game on his phone, Keith went upstairs to confront the youngster.
He said: "I went to talk to Mason about what he did, and this is the only part that makes me laugh. I was trying to explain to him that this wasn't good, and he puts his hand up and stops me and says, 'Dad, did the pepperoni pizzas come yet?'
"I had to walk out of the room. I didn't know if I should get mad or laugh. I didn't know what to do."
The father noted because of Mason's age, the six-year-old hasn't quite understood the gravity of what he's done.
He said: "Trying to explain this to a 6-year-old, we told him we took money out of his piggy bank to pay for this bag of food and this one and so on.
"We could tell he was upset, but we don't know if it has really sunk in. That's the frustrating part."
Thankfully for Keith, his bank flagged one of the transactions for fraud and declined $439 (£360) of the payment to Happy's Pizza which 'would've been on top of the $1,000 worth of food'.
Grubhub also gave the dad a $1,000 voucher to make up for the money lost - after all, Mason did give the app one hell of a promotion.
Keith noted he was 'probably a 9.5 out of 10 anger while it was happening' but the number has since gone down to 'about a three'.
He doesn't 'really find it funny yet' but can laugh along with other people, who have flooded to social media in fits of giggles over Mason's mega order.
One said: "That is absolutely the funniest story, with a fantastic end."
"Kids will be kids and it's just the beginning," another commented.
A third wrote: "Kids make life so much more fun and interesting!!"
If any six-year-olds happen to be reading this, having commandeered their unsuspecting parent's phone - don't try this at home.
Featured Image Credit: Keith Stonehouse
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