Martine Berriedale-Johnson, a single mother, was left horrified after her 8-year-old son spent over $3,700 on buying X-box game add-ons.
8-year-old Leon Berriedale-Johnson said he had no idea that he was spending money from his mother’s credit card on extras on Roblox and Minecraft.
Martine said she was shocked to discover that her 8-year-old son spent over $3,700 dollars on online games.
Leon spent the money while he was playing with his friends.
In the span of 3 weeks, 8-year-old Leon spent $3700 as he was playing Minecraft and Roblox.
The spending of his son came to light after the credit card statement came through the post.
Martine now fears that she will struggle to feed her family while trying to pay off the huge money.
The mother said, “I’d put in my card details once for him to buy an add-on for a game for £4.99. That was supposed to be a one-off special treat. I had no idea that my details had been saved on the system and Leon was still using my card to buy more online.”
On August 19, 2019, Leon made 19 purchases, which totaled $1200.
On August 21, 2019, Leon made 7 more purchases, which totaled over $300.
40-year-old Martine said she went crazy when she saw the huge bill.
Martine also told her son that she was going to sell his Xbox.
Martine, a mother of 2, said her credit card bill is usually around 30 pounds.
Martine of Brighton, East Sussex, said she does not know how she’s going to be able to pay this month’s bill.
She explained, “I’m a single mum and I already struggle to put food on the table. But I’m always really careful with my finances. I just don’t know how I’m going to pay this bill.”
Martine said due to the spending of Leon, her kids are not going to get any Christmas presents.
Martine said, “I’ve told the boys Christmas is canceled and that they’re not getting any toys. I don’t even know if I’ll be able to afford Christmas dinner after this.”
Leon was really upset after he realized he spent over $3700.
Martine said, “He had understood that he was buying something but didn’t understand the financial consequences. But now I’ve explained it to him and he realizes what he did.”