Boy, 8, runs up a £1,000 bill buying virtual doughnuts on his parents’ iPad


An eight-year-old boy gave his parents a shock after running up a £980 bill – buying doughnuts on an iPad game.

Theo Rowland-Fry blew the small fortune on paid ‘add-ons’ for a free Simpsons computer game called ‘Tapped Out’.

He made more than 100 purchases on iTunes ranging from £1.50 and £75 between January and the beginning of this month.

His parents Nick and Lisa Rowland-Fry, from Felton, Bristol, only found out what had happened when the money was taken from their bank account.

Property director Nick said: “It was only when my wife rang me and asked where all the money had gone that we found out what had happened.

“We received no emails alerting us to what was happening.

“Theo is only just eight and has no real concept of the monetary value attached. As far as he was concerned he was just buying doughnuts.

A spokesman for Apple said such incidents should be reported as soon as possible and were then looked at on a case-by-case basis.

The family have now had their money refunded.


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