A 6-year-old is in time out after going on a massive Grubhub spending spree on his father’s account. Just before bedtime, Mason Stonehouse was playing on his dad’s cell phone when he got hungry and decided to open the Grubhub app.
Enticed by what he saw, Mason ended up ordering roughly $1000 in food. He even generously tipped 25 percent on every order.
Fox Business reported:
The food started coming to the Chesterfield Township family’s home near Detroit around 9 pm- and the parade of pizzas, chili cheese fries, and chicken pita wraps continued into the night.
It started with some shrimp from Happy’s as an appetizer, a few chicken sandwiches from Shawarma Yes, and for dessert, ice cream from Leo’s which just happened to be dad’s favorite. Mason also ordered a slew of other delicacies including jumbo shrimp, salads, shawarma, sandwiches, and other foods.
A horde of delivery drivers soon began to pile up outside of the family’s home, where every time one driver left several more were arriving to drop off a feast of food. The Stonehouse’s ring camera captured the whole ordeal on camera.
“I’m picking up more food, and it happens again and again,” Keith told Fox 2. “Cars are coming in the driveway, while cars are leaving the driveway.” Mason’s dad, Keith, was confused he figured out what happened. “I looked at my phone, and it said ‘Chase fraud alert: $439 for pizzas.” Keith said.
Once the father got to the bottom of the endless orders, he tried to contact the various restaurants to stop the ensuing order. However, he was told he would have to contact Grubhub to deal with the matter.
The next day, Mason’s parents had a talk with him to explain the consequences of his actions. They tried to convey to the young boy that his actions were basically the same as stealing. “I don’t think he grasped that concept at first,” Mason’s mother Kristi said. “He’s very smart,” she continued. “He’s not your average 6-year-old.
As a form of punishment, Mason’s parents confiscated $115 from his piggy bank that he had received for his birthday. To a 6-year-old, that is a large sum of money.
Kristin Stonehouse said her husband had just used the Grubhub app on his phone to order dinner for the family. She said her son took the phone, hid in the basement and proceeded to order his feast.
NBC News reported:
The boy’s mother, Kristin Stonehouse, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grubhub has reached out to the family and offered them a $1,000 gift card. The company also is considering using the family in an online promotional campaign, she said. Grubhub officials did not immediately respond to a message from the AP seeking comment.
This story shows us how adept and intelligent young children are becoming with technology. As more children are being raised on various different tablets and smartphones, they are more capable than we adults may realize. Therefore, young children should always be monitored when using technology.
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