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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18 Scandalous Confessions From People Who've Slept With Customers At Work

I’ve never slept with a customer. Mostly because of the caliber of people who visited the small town grocery store where I used to work. But apparently sleeping with customers is a pretty common deed, these people took to Whisper to confess what they’ve done…

  1. I had sex with a customer from work.. and I would totally do it again.
  2. I
  3. I slept with a client at work today in the bathroom. Now I
  4. I had sex with my client to achieve my sales target and get a promotion
  5. Long time ago I slept with a customer from my cafe, she was much older than me and to this day im hooked on older women!!
  6. At my last job, I slept with a customer...he
  7. I
  8. I had sex with a potential client on my desk at work..after I refused business with his company bc I didn
  9. I had sex with a customer at my work in the dressing room. nobody knows and I don
  10. I had sex with a customer of a store that I work at, I
  11. I slept with a customer who didn
  12. I work with customers and about a year ago I started having sex with them. A lucky guy or girl says the right thing and we go in the back.
  13. Just had sex with a customer in my office, I
  14. I had sex with a customer at the gas station i work at. And she liked it, she said will cone for more but we will see. Hope my boss didn
  15. I have had sex with a customer. Not on the clock or at the store but I went to his house after my shift
  16. I slept with a customer on the clock one day. We snuck into the dressing room, most thrilling 10 minutes of my life
  17. A customer came to me to complain about something but we ended up having sex, and I didn
  18. I know going into work tomorrow is going to be awkward because I slept with a customer who comes in everyday

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