5-year-old girl spends $3,000 on mom's Amazon account
WESTPORT, Mass. (WJAR/CNN Newsource) — A Westport, Massachusetts, mom said she was shocked to learn that her clever 5-year-old daughter was able to buy more than $3,000 worth of items on her Amazon account right under her nose.
Jessica Nunes said she thought her daughter, Lila, was playing games on her phone when she let her borrow it on a drive home.
Then, Monday morning, she received an email saying her packages had shipped. She didn't order anything.
"I go on my Amazon order history to find that I, or somebody, had ordered 10 motorcycles, a Jeep and 10 pairs of cowgirl boots women's size seven," said Nunes in an interview with NBC 10 News. "The bikes and the Jeep came out to about $3,180. The boots alone were about $600."
When NBC 10 News asked Lila why she ordered 10 motorcycles, she simply replied, "Because I wanted one."
Nunes said she doesn't know how Lila was able to search for the items she wanted but she was smart enough to figure out the "Buy Now" button on Amazon.
The mom of two was able to cancel half of the motorcycle orders and the cowgirl boots. However, the remaining five motorcycles and two-seater children's Jeep had already left the warehouse thanks to two-day shipping.
"I was trying to figure out how exactly I'm going to get them back," said Nunes.
Nunes said the motorcycles were non-refundable on the Amazon website, but a few desperate emails got her a return label.
"FedEx is actually going to pick them up for me," she said. "We still have a giant two-seat Jeep coming in as well that I couldn't cancel the order but they are going to let me return it."
Lila told NBC 10 News that she's sad the motorcycles are going away.
"She wants what she wants but, she knows that she needs to earn things like this and not just take it upon herself to charge the card," said Nunes. "Things don't just fall out of the sky."
Instead of punishment, Nunes said she's using this as a teachable moment for her daughter.
"I did tell her that maybe if she you know, acts right, she behaves and she does chores around the house that we can get her a bike that's more geared towards her age range," Nunes said. "A little slower, maybe."
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