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Oregon 14-Month-Old Buys Car on eBay With Dad’s Phone

By Alice Gomstyn |

Everyone knows unsupervised babies and smartphones don’t mix or you risk numerous garbled text messages being sent to your friends, many blurry photos of fingertips and, oh yeah, a car being purchased on your behalf.

Paul Stoute, an Oregon man, experienced the lattermost little delight when his 14-month-old daughter Sorella got a hold of his phone and went to town with an eBay app.

“She decided to open the eBay app, and started clicking around and one thing led to another and we own a car,” Stoute told Oregon’s KOIN 6 News.

Fortunately for the Stoutes, the final purchase price on the car, a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite, was only $225…not exactly pocket change, but low enough that after an initial panic, little Sorella’s parents decided to keep the vehicle. (The vehicle’s seller, like the Stoutes, also lives in Oregon, KOIN 6 reports.)

Paul Stoute hopes to restore it and maybe give it to his daughter as a gift once she’s old enough to drive or graduates school.

Want to avoid your kid pulling the same, uh, charming stunt on you? Try locking your phone with a PIN code. That’s what I’ve done for months and it’s what Stoute is now doing. He’s also taking it one step further by using facial recognition technology as well to limit access to his phone.

Of course, for parents who regularly give their kids their phones to play with, the locking solution is a nonstarter. Just because you’ve turned on your children’s favorite game or storybook app doesn’t mean they’re not going to swipe out of it and into something more dangerous, like the app that manages your bank accounts (bye bye savings!).

On the bright side, if your tot does accidentally drain your accounts, you won’t have the money to pay your smartphone bill anyway, your service will be turned off and the whole problem becomes moot.

So…all’s well that end’s well. Happy swiping, kids!

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About Alice Gomstyn


Alice Gomstyn

Alice Gomstyn is a former newspaper reporter and online news producer who is now a mildly inappropriate mommy of two. In her spare time, she enjoys strolling, sleeping and crafting deep, insightful poems about baby poop. See more from her at Mildly Inappropriate Mommy. Read bio and latest posts → Read Alice's latest posts →

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One thought on “Oregon 14-Month-Old Buys Car on eBay With Dad’s Phone

  1. Erin says:

    I let my 3yo play games on my smart phone, but all the serious apps require passwords before you can do anything drastic. Certainly anything involving money requires a password every time.

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