Parents, pay attention when your kids borrow your phone or computer, especially the little kids. Some websites like Amazon make it super easy to place an order with the “buy now” option. If your credit card information is saved, it’s quite easy for a child to accidentally make a purchase you would never approve of, and you may not be able to return it. That is the lesson of today’s cute but true story.

A 4-year-old boy ordered Sponge Bob popsicles from his mom’s Amazon account. Maybe it would have been okay if he had just ordered one popsicle or one box of the cold treat, but no, he ordered over $2000 worth of popsicles. Now, Amazon won’t take the popsicles back, and his mom, Jennifer Bryant, can’t afford to pay for them. She’s currently a social work student at NYU and already has student loans to pay off along with the expenses of raising 3 children. This unexpected popsicle bill was not a happy surprise.

Katie Schloss is a friend of the boy’s mom. Schloss shared the story on Instagram along with a picture of Noah Bryant, the 4-year-old who placed the order, holding one of the popsicles. She explained, “Meet 4-year-old Noah from Brooklyn, NY, who loves @spongebob sooo much that he managed to purchase $2,618.85 worth of SpongeBob popsicles from Amazon and had them sent to his Auntie’s house. In case you are wondering, that’s 51 cases, containing 918 popsicles.”

 

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To try to help her friend out, Schloss set up a GoFundMe to try to raise money to pay for the popsicles. The original goal of the GoFundMe was exactly $2619, the amount needed to pay for the popsicles. Currently, the fundraiser has raised over $5000 and is still growing.

In an update to the GoFundMe, the grateful mom wrote, “Thank you SO much for your mind-blowing generosity and support. We’re so grateful to have made back the $2618.85 in a mere 24 hours (!!!). As a parent to a child living with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), all additional donations will go towards Noah’s education and additional supports. We cannot thank you enough. Truly.”

Has your child ever ordered something from an online store without your approval? How would you react if 51 cases of popsicles showed up at your door? Why do you think Amazon wouldn’t let the mom return the order?