A New Jersey family learned the hard way to put passcodes on their phones after their 22-month-old racked up $1,700 worth of online orders on mom’s phone.
The Kumar family had just moved into a new home and, according to News 12 New Jersey, the mother, Madhu, was browsing Walmart furniture on her phone and placing items in the cart to purchase in the future.
The family was baffled when the items began to appear in their home; to their knowledge, they had not ordered any. Madhu says there was a parade of delivery men showing up on their porch, one room after another. Most of the deliveries were accent chairs that Madhu planned to buy one day, but not all of them at once.
Turns out their not-quite-two-year-old son Ayaansh had gotten his hands on mom’s phone and started pressing buttons. Since Madhu had his credit card information stored on the store’s website, he was able to pay without anyone knowing.
His mother says he loves playing on electronic devices, emulating his two older siblings who spent a lot of time learning remotely during the pandemic. Apparently, Ayaansh has reached a level of expertise that allows him to order online.
The Kumars say they tried to cancel the orders but were told that since they had already been delivered they could not be cancelled. Since then, Walmart has agreed to reimburse the family for any items they return.
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