Who can forget the story of the holiday season when an Ontario Canada dad got his credit card bill to find out his teenage son racked up $8,206.43 worth of in game purchases for FIFA. Lance Perkins,the father, said he had given his son a credit card for emergencies or to make purchases for the family’s convenience store.
“It floored me. Literally floored me, when I’d seen what I was being charged,” Perkins told CBC News earlier this month.
“There will never be another Xbox system — or any gaming system — in my home.”
Of course the story drew criticism as well as sympathy after his son admitted to using the card to make Xbox purchases, Perkins said his son was surprised at how much he had spent.
“He thought it was a one-time fee for the game,” Perkins said earlier this month. “He’s just as sick as I am.”
Perkins said his credit card company told him there was nothing it could do about the bill — unless he wanted to have his son charged with fraud. Even Microsoft originally told Perkins they will leave the charges in an email. However Microsoft had a change of heart according to CBCNews Ottawa. Lance Perkins is “very pleased” that Xbox’s parent company has refunded more than $8,000 in in-game purchases that his son racked up on a credit card before Christmas. “Let’s thank them for making that choice,” he told CBC News in a text message. “I hope we have warned enough people. This is not just a game when it can upset a whole family and endanger our children with making mistakes, I hope there are more safeguards put in place for credit card holders.”
Personally I think the teen who is 17 years old knew what he was doing and got carried away trying to build that ultimate team.