Kim Kardashian is no friend to 11-year-old Abe Chabon, whose mother said he “accidentally” contributed $120 in two days to the celebrity mogul’s expected end-of-year $200 million paycheck for her “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” game.
Things got a little tense when Abe’s mother Ayelet Waldman, acclaimed author of bestseller Bad Mother and wife to fellow novelist Michael Chabon, found out that her kid had been making real life payments for in-game perks. Like small pets and Miami mansions to up celebrity clout. (Payment options for “koins” range from $4.99 to $99.99).
And so began a Twitter tirade against the “scumbag” Kardashians.
Waldman claims that even though a credit card was attached to the iTunes accounts, she had been under the impression it was capped to $20 a week.
This is hardly a new problem. In March 2013, two British parents had to petition Apple to refund the £980 ($1,652!) bill their son ran up buying virtual donuts on his “Simpsons: Tapped Out” iPad game. In fact, a January FTC settlement left Apple paying $32.5 million to parents whose children bought apps and in-app purchases without their consent. The ominously titled ‘Tiny Zoo Friends” game was allegedly inspiring purchases of more than $5o0.
Luckily for Waldman, she says Apple ended up refunding her son’s purchases one-by-one. And lessons were learned all around. The parents have cut off credit cards from the iTunes store. And as for Abe: