Some Dumbs–t Kid Spent £1,082.52 on Xbox Live, Dumbs–t Mom Blames Microsoft
I have both an Xbox 360 and a Playstation 3. I have had each of them longer than the 18 months this dumbs–t mom’s debit card number has been on her dumbs–t son’s Xbox Live account. In the time I have owned these consoles, I have spent just over $400, combined ($250 on XBL and $150 on PSN), on digital content. I’m pointing this out for for perspective’s sake; the amount of money this post will discuss is about four times what I’ve spent on digital content on my home consoles, and it’s enough to buy several Call of Duty map packs.
Anyway, so a mom from some magical and possibly mythical place called Kent has a moron child. But she loved him despite that, and so she bought him an Xbox 360 and purchased an Xbox Live Gold subscription to go along with it so he could play games online with his moron friends. She set it and then forgot it.
Eighteen months later, she decided to check her bank balance for the first time in, like, forevers, and HOLY S–T THAT KID SPENT £1,082.52 ON XBOX LIVE AND MAYBE I SHOULD CHECK MY BANK BALANCE MORE OFTEN I’M SUCH AN IDIOT NO WONDER I HAVE A MORON CHILD.
That’s not really how it went in her head, though it’s certainly how it should have gone. Here’s her reaction, as printed in the Daily Mail:
I work two jobs just to look after my family and pay the bills so I cannot afford all these extortionate charges.
A thousand pounds isn’t that much to people like Bill Gates, but for a single mum it is a lot of money that I don’t have.
The bank and Microsoft are blaming each other and no one is helping me. It has taken me ages to permanently get rid of my card details from the website.
It was only when I made a complaint that they took all my details off.
1. (of prices, etc) excessive; exorbitant
2. (of persons) using extortion
I don’t think Xbox Live’s prices are the problem here…
It is impossible to monitor everything your children do. These companies should take some responsibility. They take advantage of vulnerable people.
What, are you waiting for the punchline? That WAS the punchline.