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27th Dec 2016

Six-year-old discovers ingenious way to order £200 of Pokemon gear without parents knowing

Parents beware.

Mike Wright

As if any more proof were needed to back-up the number one parenting truism – you really can’t take your eye off kids for a minute.

One poor mother recently discovered this to her cost when her six-year-old girl felt the sudden urge to add to her Pokemon collection earlier this month. However little Ashlynd Howell from Arkansas, in the US, wasn’t content with merely pestering her parents or writing to Santa.

Instead she opted for direct action.

While her mum Bethany was napping on the sofa, Ashlynd used her parent’s hand to unlock her phone using Touch ID. She then placed orders for over £200 worth of Pokemon gear.

“After Ashlynd’s parents received 13 order confirmations for Pokemon items, they initially thought they’d been hacked,” according to the Wall Street Journal

The parents then considered that their daughter had maybe made the purchases by accident. However she soon fessed up.

Ashlynd told her parents: “No, Mommy, I was shopping. But don’t worry—everything that I ordered is coming straight to the house.”

When her parents tried to return the items they discovered they could only send back four of the 13. But how can you remain mad when your child has shown such innate genius to beat the system? So they used the rest as Christmas gifts and told their daughter Santa had seen her Amazon wish list.

This kid’ll go far.