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    Default Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    A U.K woman's 11 year old son somehow managed to rack up a $1700 bill on Xbox Live over a six month period.

    According to the mother, she entered her card information to pay for her kid's Xbox Live membership (so that he can play video games online with his friends) 18 months ago but hadn't realized that information was saved into the Xbox Live account. Because of this, the kid was basically able to purchase anything he wanted on Xbox Live.

    However, the mother doesn't blame her son for the spending spree (in fact, she didn't even punish him for it, since he apparently learned the error of his ways); she blames Microsoft. She believes that Microsoft should be monitoring how children spend money, that they shouldn't be allowed to blow through almost $283 a month in a six month period, since "it is impossible to monitor everything your children do" (the default excuse for irresponsible parents everywhere).

    While I understand where the mother is coming from, I wholeheartedly disagree. Sorry, but I refuse to believe that the kid had no idea that he was blowing through so much cash, even when he was in "game mode", since you actually have to confirm both the purchase of Microsoft Points (the currency used on Xbox Live) and the use of the Points themselves. Yeah, the kid is sorry; sorry that he got caught.

    Also, there are a lot of Family Controls on the Xbox. A parent can place restrictions on what games their kids can play, how long they can play them and the features they are allowed to access. This includes (but is not limited to) the ability to purchase Microsoft Points on Xbox Live or even accessing Xbox Live at all. With all of these features, the mother can hardly blame Microsoft for what happened, especially since she should have realized, at SOME point, that something was amiss with her bank account. I mean, if money was so tight, how could she have not noticed that almost $283 was disappearing from her bank account every month?

    So, what do you guys think?
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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    It wouldn't have happened with a PS3.

     
    http://kotaku.com/#!5386863/dog-bites-mans-live-account

    This is an even better XBox Story.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Just another example of a bad parent trying to pass the blame on to someone elts.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Holy crap >_<

    The maximum I've spent in the PlayStation Store is $35 dollars for add-ons to a PS3 game I brought second-hand.
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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Not to be a complete douche, but that she needs to rethink her fashion sense.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Damn...the kid knows how to blow through that ca$h flow haha. But yeah, the mom blaming Microsoft? Nice try...you clearly as a parent should monitor your child enough to know that he is spending money. And of course there are the parental controls on Xbox.

    And if you get billed monthly, shouldn't you be aware of what kind of spending is going on?
    Last edited by TadashiED; 02-09-2011 at 04:55 PM.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Quote Originally Posted by TadashiED View Post
    And if you get billed monthly, shouldn't you be aware of what kind of spending is going on?
    Damn straight.

    This woman is saying anything she can to avoid responsibility. She used her account info to make an online account for her son, yet she didn't know that the info had been saved? -Shakes head- I find that hard to believe. And even if we assume this to be true, it would've only taken a few minutes for her to go over the system and see what her son had access to, yet she made a choice not to and let her kid do anything he wanted.

    Even without all of that... to leave a little kid alone with an entire gaming network at his disposal without any kind of supervision, what the hell did she think was going to happen? >>

    Pure and simple irresponsibility; that's what this is.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    She must have been completely retarded not to check her own credit statements. There are tons of alarms that are present for unexpected or excess spending, she's just trying to get Microsoft to cover her a**.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    This is why a mother should never touch/interact a gaming console, reminds me of this thread:
    http://www.animeforum.com/showthread...VER&highlight=

    All of you read, nao. ^
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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    'When I showed him he burst into tears. He unplugged the Xbox and said he didn't want it anymore.
    'I haven't punished him because he feels bad enough and I know he won't do it again.
    'It is ridiculous to allow someone of his age to make payments without any checks being done.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Some people actually spend that much on their Live accounts. How would MS know it wasn't her using the account? She put her own info into the Xbox.


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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    What does she expect? A pat on the head from microsoft, and a "Just don't let it happen again"?

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    I read about this like three days ago, it's old news as far as the country of origin is concerned.


    But anyway DAAAAAAAMN. How the hell do you rack up £1,000 on buying game addons? .... just how many games does this kid have, anyway?

    Also this stands out in the article as making me lol so hard. "'When I showed him he burst into tears. He unplugged the Xbox and said he didn't want it anymore."

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    What a couple o' wankers.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Yeah, because it's Mcdonnald's Microsoft's fault your kid's fat a high roller.
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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    She's only got herself to blame. She's the kid's PARENT for a reason, although she appears to fail at parenting.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    1) She could have set up the XBox.
    2) No so such things as "the perfect kid" -> In response to not punishing her kid.
    3) No real way Microsoft could monitor every single person, the best they could do was adding all those parental features
    4) "Make sure you log out of any place that requires a ID & password" I think we all heard that before.

    Overall, this woman was ignorant, lazy, and neglects her kid. She probably wants money back or something. And the stories about parents not watching their kids when they have a game console than blaming the game companies is all old news. Look back on some of the game related school shooting, hijacking, etc. What does most of them have in common? Parents neglecting their kids when the kids are playing games.
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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    She picked the wrong company with which to play dumb. Micro$oft doesn't refund stupidity. In fact, they probably stuck in every possible stupid tax they could get away with. Bill Gates needs your money to end polio.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Another excuse for parents to blame others, I mean seriously... How can you not notice what the kid's been spending on? As a mother she should be very much aware of the family's expenses because it's one of the things most mothers always do. Blaming Microsoft is just not going to do anyone any good at all, and besides did you clearly think that the kid would no longer play his XBox for that matter?

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    I sure hope they don't give her a refund. Instead give her lessons on how to use the child and privacy settings.

    She must be letting him play M rated games anyways. Doubtful that hungry Hungry Hungry Hippos Fun Learn Time requires some game add-ons

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    I think she also uses this old gag-trick to get the money off of Microsoft to get their money for herself and to pay the debts, too. ;P
    Everyone is after money, and uses someone else to blame to cover up their own mistakes.

    Now that I looked at the article, what caught my attention is the kid's mom. Maybe she can work the corners to get the money. She has the looks, so yeah.
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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Quote Originally Posted by CMNDR_Spinxie View Post
    What a couple o' wankers.
    Though I agree with your statement, an American should really stay away from using brash English insults, ne? :P
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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Just another fail-parent

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    Quote Originally Posted by Aeschylus View Post
    she needs to rethink her fashion sense.
    This. I couldn't care less what she thinks of Microsoft or what her son did. Specking of which, what is he wearing? Tracksuit bottoms? And whats with that top? Horizontal stripes? Are you trying to look fat kid?
    This is a Sig. It's horribly out of date.

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    Default Re: Kid Spends $1700 on Xbox Live, Mom Blames Microsoft

    It sounds like the mom was being naive into thinking her child would only use her card number to pay for his membership. What if this happened to you, wouldn't you do the same thing, buy games online and rack up a bill that high if you were that young?

    And as for the child, to me, he seems responsible for the entire thing and should have been punished instead of just letting it slide. He was being irresponsible but the other thing too is that he was young and didn't know better. That still doesn't mean he learnt anything from this.

    I believe the mom has no right to charge Microsoft for this. It was her fault for not fixing the settings or doing anything to protect her card from being charged multiple times because of her son. :3



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