This Clever 6-Year-Old Ordered $200 Worth Of Christmas Presents While Her Mom Slept

Thanks to all the glories of modern technology, we can order holiday gifts with the touch of a button. The simplicity is beautiful — all the phone needs to bring you holiday joy is a fingerprint. Security and efficiency; what more could you want?

As it turns out, even a touch ID can’t protect you from the conniving mind of a 6-year-old. 

6-year-old Ashlyn Howell from Little Rock, Arkansas surprised her parents this Christmas — by racking up a huge Amazon bill on their account. 

Ashlyn’s mother, Bethany Howell, knew trouble was afoot when she received 13 confirmation notices from Amazon about recent Pokémon-themed purchases. At first, she and her husband believed their account had been hacked, but their daughter made sure to clear things up for them: while Bethany slept on the couch, Ashlyn gently took her mother’s thumb and used it to unlock the Amazon app on her phone. The 6-year-old preceded to order $ 250 worth of Pokemon paraphernalia. 

This seems particularly enterprising for a young child — perhaps she’d ordered it by mistake? “No, Mommy, I was shopping,” Ashlyn confirmed.

Ashlyn’s little shopping spree is indicative of a larger problem. 

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A 6-year-old’s ability to break into her mother’s account emphasizes just how simple it is for people to hack these online retailer apps. 

Luckily, the Federal Trade Commission is trying to crack down on companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon to put in place a more secure system to avoid these kinds of hacks. In the meantime, the commission suggests wearing gloves while you nap. 

…You never know when an enterprising toddler will try to steal from you. 

So, what happened to all the Pokémon gear?

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The Howells were only able to return four of the items (and returning too many items will get you banned from Amazon, FYI) so it looks like those toys aren’t going anywhere. Ashlyn’s mother, however, informed the future hacker that Santa would not be delivering all those presents this year. (h/t KENS5)

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Police Are Pulling People Over And Handing Out Presents Instead Of Tickets

Seeing red and blue lights in your rear view mirrors will immediately ruin your day. The sinking feeling in your stomach hits, and you instinctively take a glance at your gauges to see if you were speeding. Then the fines enter your mind.

The ticket, the court fees, paying the court’s blood money to reduce charges so your insurance rates wouldn’t skyrocket, it all adds up to a hefty fee for even the smallest of offenses. It’s inconvenient, but when it’s during the holiday season, it can be downright disastrous to shell out that kind of cash while you’re still budgeting yourself for presents.

Dylan Bullinger saw police pull a woman over in front of his shop. 

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She pulled into the parking lot of a 7-11, and that’s when they struck.

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They took presents out of their cars and stuffed them into hers.

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Undoubtedly, that must’ve been one heck of an emotional roller coaster for the young lady, but I’m sure she appreciated the kind gesture once she realized what was going on.

Bullinger whipped out his phone and snapped a couple of pictures to share with family and friends online.

Another Jackson, MI resident recognized the campaign and shared with anyone following the post that the police department does this every year.

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The Grinch might want to skip over this city.

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17 Women Talk About The Most Romantic And Unique Presents Their Boyfriends Have Given Them

There’s nothing like getting a gift from someone, except giving a gift. It sounds cheesy but to see the look of happiness on a person’s face when you give them a gift is one of my favorite things in the world to do. When you see someone totally surprised and completely happy with something you’ve just handed them…man…there’s no better feeling.

In a recent Reddit post, these girlfriends got together to share the most unique and romantic gifts their boyfriends ever got them. So if you’re looking for ideas to show that special someone how much you care, take notes.

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While not traditionally romantic, my SO took care of all of my little needs when I was overseas for two weeks. Gas tank filled, apartment spotless, laundry done, plus a bottle of my favorite wine waiting for us. I was so blown away by all of attention to detail!

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Maybe it wasn’t really unique but the way he presented it was really original.

He gave me a cube made of tissue packages and when I opened it there was an external hard drive with all sorts of things on it that I had wished on a list the months before. (he just told me to keep a list of the things I wanted, had no clue he was planning to do with this, thought he’d forget like most guys.) The folders all had titles like “to the most beautiful woman in the world”.

Another time he sent me to the store while he waited outside and when I came out he had screwed a drink-holder on my bike.

Today he plopped my favorite kit-kats (peanut butter) in my bag while I wasn’t looking and it was such a pleasant surprise, because I hadn’t eaten any or even talked about this with him in months.

None of the presents are unique or even particularly expensive but the way he gifts them is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

Update: For those in the US without any access to peanut butter Kit Kats, my SO advises try a jar of peanut butter and regular Kit Kats.

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Favorite present from my now husband was when we first started dating. He wrote down dates and places of different things we had done together on little pieces of paper and put them in a little jar… i.e. ‘first kiss – 9/8/14 Hibernian Cafe’. It was adorable. I still have it and read through it sometimes.

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We were once out walking at night and I saw someone suddenly approaching us very deliberately and quickly. I of course did the natural thing to do when one is startled by another person, screamed loudly and jumped backwards a good 5 feet.

Turns out it was just our reflections in a shop window.

He got me a mirror for my birthday with “Don’t be Scared” written on it.

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He took me to an arcade and bought me like $ 100 worth of tokens and we played the same game for hours and then bought lots of the little cheap prizes. I still have them all, including a little mood ring with hearts on it, and a lamp that’s a shark that lights up different colors.

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So, my first real boyfriend was an amazing man that listened to me and really cared about me. I like to tell stories about how my brothers and I grew up. One day I mentioned that every Christmas, I would fall asleep to the sound of my dad watching Monster Truck Jam on TV. Partly because of that memory, I love monster trucks. My boyfriend bought us tickets to go see them in person. He hated monster trucks. He hated the noise, the crowd, everything. But every year for my birthday, he bought tickets and took me to see them. It’s unique and romantic because I don’t know of many guys willing to forgo their own comfort like that for someone else. And he listened to me and surprised me with something that he knew would mean a lot to me. :’) That goofball.

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It wasn’t the gift, it was the sentiment. The major one that stands out was when my 2nd husband proposed.

It wasn’t formal or expected. It was on my 40th birthday and he gave me a gold ring. But it’s what he said.

“I love you, SFNB. I want nothing more for you on your birthday than for you to be happy. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

We were only dating 1 year. While it was too soon, the words he spoke…I have no words to describe my inner reaction. I knew. I just knew. The engagement was 4 years long.

In comparison, my first husband would gift me nice things for my birthday but then hold that over my head as he behaved badly saying, “But I spent X amount of dollars on that gift!” and especially his proposal was something along the lines of “Well, I guess I’m supposed to propose marriage to ya. SO yeah. Here’s the ring.”

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For my high school graduation, my parents got me this frame that had the letters cut out to spell out the name of my high school…like this: https://themomentsthatmatter.com/custom-letter-mats/

It was one of my favorite things in my bedroom but two years later, my house burned to the ground and I lost everything. For my birthday after that happened, my college boyfriend handmade another frame like the one my parents got me, but spelled out the name of our college. It was definitely one of the top presents he’s ever gotten me in the past 8 years of our relationship.

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I am a true, real, female sexy lady (and currently hoping to find a new boyfriend through reddit)

The one thing my ex did that completely swept me off my feet was send me his personal banking information, credit card numbers and social security number

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10.

Last year my boyfriend bought me a jersey cow. It’s not really unusual for our life style but I imagine not everyone ends up with a cow for Christmas.

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SO got me a bunch of socks for V day one year. I love socks. The diamond editions of the Disney movies when they come out of the vault. He’s gotten me a jar that looks like Sally’s Deadly Nightshade one from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

He gets me video games he knows I’ll like, buys me books he thinks I’ll be into. He got me a really nice laptop one year. A kitten. Oh, a gun! That was sweet bc I needed one and he worries about me.

We’ve been together 10 years so he knows me probably better than I know myself. These are just some of the more memorable ones.

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The greatest, most romantic gift you can give your girlfriend is your attention and by that I mean, PAY ATTENTION to what makes her happy. Yes, it’s a cliché, but it really is the thought that counts. All of the best gifts I can remember receiving over the years, were ones that were special only to me. Read down this thread and you’ll see that the things being mentioned weren’t that awesome or romantic in and of themselves – they were romantic because they had meaning to the woman they were given to. Not only will it be something she likes, but you will also demonstrate that you have been paying attention and want her to be happy…i.e. the quickest way to a woman’s heart 🙂

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My engagement ring has our birthstones inside the band instead of engraving it. Its the best present I have ever received.

He also once got me new wheels for my car and that was super awesome.

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A battle axe for our anniversary.

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honestly for me its was just a random candy bar outa the blue. i was having a not so good day and he went to the store for groceries, he came back and handed me some reeses and said i saw these and thought about you and thought you might like them, do you want them now or for me to put them in the freezer for you? it made me happy he thought about me and brought them to me. he could have just put them in the freezer since thats my preferred way to eat them, but he want to hand them to me instead of just saying “i got some reeses they are in the freezer if you want them” the other just felt so much more romantic and caring. and then he ate one later when i was feeling better, in front of me, cause he could…..

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There’s the big things; for my birthday he organised taking me to the New Forest in a luxury hotel, with treatments organised, someone to babysit the kids and all our meals taken care of and organised. Total surprise, phoned my boss and dealt with the time off, packed my case and just took me for a drive. Was totally amazing and when we got there, a bottle of champagne chilling on the table which was the same brand we had on our wedding day.

But the little things; he gets out of bed before me to put the heating on and brings me a cup of tea each morning. He regularly surprises me with flowers, just supermarket ones most often when he’s been out picking things up, or my favourite magazine (which is like £1; I love it because it has puzzles in the back that I can actually do), a dessert for just us to share when our beastly children have gone to bed, a bottle of wine because it had a funny picture on the front, or rather, he annotates the bottle with his own artwork (dicks, he draws dicks usually)… they mean everything and make me feel like he cares about me.

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17.

I was sick and he brought me medicine, fruit and my favorite snacks. Stayed to make sure I was okay. Showing someone care and love when they feel disgusting and horrid does ton of romance wonders

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