Doug Crossan, 48, said he was horrified when his credit card company informed him of the amount his son had spent on the games in Apple’s online App Store.Oh, here we go again! And this kid's thirteen, so even less excuse for the parent to whinge about it...
He says Cameron was unaware he was being charged for the purchases and wants Apple to refund the cash. But the technology giant has so far refused, so Mr Crossan believes that by reporting the purchases as fraudulent his credit card company will have to foot the bill.Bit dodgy, surely? Isn't making a false report to the police a crime, if you do it knowingly? And...you've just confessed in the MSM!
Mr Crossan, of Clevedon, Somerset, said yesterday: ‘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.’Gosh, he knows a lot about police procedures. Does he watch a lot of tv?
...he is a PC with Avon and Somerset Police.Well, hold on a doggone minute! Surely the Professional Standards guys will be down on him like a ton of bricks!
Mr Crossan logged the details of his MBNA Virgin credit card with Apple when he used his son’s device to download music.
Cameron then racked up more than 300 purchases on games such as Plants vs Zombies, Hungry Shark, Gun Builder and N.O.V.A. 3.
Many of them are free to download but users can buy in-game extras. In one game Cameron had purchased a virtual chest of gold coins costing £77.98.But wait, don't you need a passw...
He would have had to key in a password before each of the purchases was processed.Riiiiight. Ooops! Daddy should have a few words..
When his father confronted him, Cameron quickly confessed but said he did not know it was costing money as the games were initially free.Ooooh, I perceive the undeniable aroma of bovine by-product! I'm not familiar with these games, but the ones I play always contain a warning that you must confirm you're purchasing stuff with real money.
Apple has refused to cancel the charges, citing parental responsibility and pointing out that iPads contain password locks to prevent accidental or unwanted purchases.Good for them!
But Mr Crossan said: ‘I am a father of a studious, polite and sensible 13-year-old who has been duped after uploading free children’s games on his iPod and iPad.
‘Our son is mortified to think that this has happened. I wonder how many others there are in the UK that have suffered at the hands of these apps?’Well, not those who read the T&Cs and act responsibly, so that should be OK.
Of his decision to report Cameron to Action Fraud, Mr Crossan said: ‘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.’Well, for one thing, they are a company. They exist to make money. Just like the police exist to protect society, and not from people's own stupidity, either.
I suspect you'll be hearing about this from your bosses. Dim cops are acceptable, even ones that are so dim they give Constable Savage a run for his money, but what the police force of 2013 can't have is cops who aren't media-savvy.
And, with your rush to the papers to advertise your utter stupidity to the entire world, that's you.