One policeman in the United Kingdom has taken punishment for his own offspring a bit too far. Doug Crossan was hit with a big shock when he recently read his credit card statement.
He discovered there was over £3,700 charges from Apple racked up on his credit card all thanks to this thirteen-year-old son purchasing game extras on his iPad; he claimed his son Cameron had no idea of these in-app charges and wanted Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to let go of those charges.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), of course, refused to dismiss these charges and now the police officer feels his only way to get his money back is to report his son for fraud. He reported the activity to the Action Fraud helpline which means his child could face questioning from other police officers and even go to jail.
“I am sure Cameron had no intention to do it, but I had to have a crime reference number if there was any chance of getting any credit card payments refunded. In theory the local police station would contact me and ask for Cameron to come in to be interviewed. I could make it difficult of course and refuse to bring him in and they would have to come and arrest him.Really I just want to embarrass Apple as much as possible. Morally, I just don’t understand where Apple gets off charging for a child’s game,” Crossan explained.
Cameron got the iPad through school as part of his class and only owned the tablet for just a few months. Crossan borrowed his son’s iPad to download an album and used his credit card to download it. After that, Cameron started purchasing the game credits and extras for for Hungry Shark, Nova 3, Plants vs. Zombies, and the like.
Although most of the games themselves are free, it’s the extras that cost money. For instance, Cameron spent £77.98 on a virtual chest of gold coins. The officers have yet to clarify whether or not this was a case of fraud and the police for Avon and Somerset have yet to release a statement.