June 24, 2024

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Toddler spends almost $2K at Walmart on parent’s phone

A toddler from New Jersey surprised his family when he accidentally completed a purchase of around $1,800 in furniture saved in an online shopping cart on his mother’s phone.  

Pramod Kumar told News 12 his 22-month-old son “just went to the cart and whatever was there, boom, he just clicked, and all payments just went through,” referring to a shopping list the boy’s mother, Madhu, had assembled for their new home.  

Madhu had added an assortment of items to the virtual cart but never checked out. But the payment information was already stored on the phone.  

The couple was unaware of their son’s buying blitz until the packages arrived, and they were unable to return the items.  

“We called, ‘Can you please cancel?’ They said no, it’s already delivered,” Madhu Kumar told News 12. 


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The pair described Ayaansh to the outlet as a “covid baby,” a child born during the pandemic, who “likes phones.” 

“He likes phones because everybody is in virtual. They are busy with their phones, his siblings always with their phones and I don’t know, I think he needs a phone,” Madhu added.  

Pramod Kumar told NBC 4 that the family will take preventative measures to avoid a mishap like this in the future.  

“Moving forward, we will put tough passcodes or face recognition so when he picks up the phone he finds it in locked condition,” he said.  


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