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.

extortionate [ik-stawr-shuh-nit]
— adj
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.

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8 Comments on Some Dumbs–t Kid Spent £1,082.52 on Xbox Live, Dumbs–t Mom Blames Microsoft

MrFlibble

On February 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm

You need a license to drive a car, but to have kids…

avrus96

On February 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm

that’s funny, but isn’t this the “hardcore gamer” that you blamed for everything in your previous article? serves him right.

Phil Owen

On February 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Do you think I’m Jim Sterling? To what previous article are you referring?

ear

On February 10, 2011 at 5:28 am

“I don’t think Xbox Live’s prices are the problem here…”

Indeed it’s not … The problem lies in the fact it’s not reasonable to give a child a way to use a credit card in such a way that he can spend all of his parents money.

I don’t know much about xbox live system, do they offer other ways than to use a Credit Card, like game time cards, “xbox live gold” or something equivalent ?

Ron Whitaker

On February 10, 2011 at 5:48 am

There are a multitude of options for purchases on Live. Besides a credit card, you can use a game time cards, points cards, etc. Even if you choose to use a credit card, if you follow the instructions for setting up a child account, the ability to make purchases is disabled by default.

Furthermore, if you bother to read the manual for that $300 piece of electronic equipment you just bought, you’d see that parental controls are stupidly easily to set up to avoid these things.

Still, of of this aside, how do you not notice that drain on your bank account? I don’t know about you guys, but if an erroneous charge takes 50 bucks out of my bank account, I know about it almost instantly. How do you miss this for months?

Listen, we’re sorry that your kid is lying, greedy little moron who can’t be trusted unless he’s under direct supervision at all times, but maybe if you stopped enabling him and laid a little punishment on him, he’d straighten the hell up.

Anonymoose

On February 10, 2011 at 6:00 am

ear, they have Xbox Live Gold (subscription) and Points (the Xbox Live currency) cards you can buy in stores, and you can use the parental controls on the console to stop children purchasing things without permission even if there’s credit card info stored.

ear

On February 10, 2011 at 6:14 am

Thanks for clearing that up. Then indeed she really has no excuses.

Aaron Smithee

On February 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Okay, she’s not so tech-savvy and did not realize how she left herself open to have her card ran up. Being a single parent, I can understand how she can be frazzled by working to support her family and not think that she made a mistake and in her frustration blame Microsoft. As for her kid, I don’t know how old the child is, but how old were you Phil Ownes when you had your first Credit Card and did you ever get over your head with credit debt? Yes, she is liable, I don’t say otherwise. But perhaps a bit more sympathy and understanding than salivating at the idea of calling folks morons and dumbxxxt.