TECH BYTE: avoid unwanted purchases on your smartphone

KINGSVILLE, Texas (WDEF) — A lot of technology today is so easy to use that even a toddler can do it!

Such was the case recently in Kingsville, Texas, when a two-year-old placed a fairly large order for food using his mother’s smartphone.

“I thought I locked the phone, but apparently not, because DoorDash came with 31 cheeseburgers,” said Kelsey Golden.

Golden thought her two-year-old son Barrett was just taking pictures of herself with her phone, as he sometimes does.

Instead, he bought those 31 cheeseburgers from McDonald’s.

“So when they asked me, ‘Hey, your order will take a little longer because it’s quite a large order, or it will take a little longer,’ I said, ‘OK,’ and then I heard a door knock. out and it turned out they were at our house, and she said, “You order 31 burgers?” It’s like, ‘Oh wow, no, I didn’t order this one, but I did, my son did.’”

The order cost $91.70 – $61.58 for the burgers, plus a $16 tip.

“I was a little bit in shock when I realized no, it was coming from my phone, so I thought maybe it was a mistake,” Golden said.

Mother of two Jenny Schulte knows that feeling all too well.

A few years ago, her then three-year-old and five-year-old bought Disney movies through Amazon Prime.

“We didn’t have an access code to buy things because we’ve never had that problem before,” said Schulte. “They know how to use the remotes and how to order things apparently just by doing ‘OK’, ‘OK’.”

And since she knows from experience, Schulte says parents with small children should keep a closer eye on their device activity.

Make sure to lock certain apps on your phone and require passwords for email and pictures to prevent unwanted access.

Because most parents don’t want to spend an extra $100 on fast food that they didn’t have the budget for.

“It would be stupid. I apologize. It wouldn’t be great,” Schulte said. “But that’s kind of what happens with kids — just fun and interesting things. You just have to get on with it and learn from it.”

And that’s what the Goldens are doing now: laughing at Barrett’s big hamburger purchase and sharing their story.

Besides, as a typical two-year-old, Barrett ended up only eating half a hamburger.

Golden says she gave some of the others away to neighbors.

She could always put the rest in the freezer!

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