Six-year-old girl goes on a wild shopping spree after mom left her to order a birthday present
Unless you're under the age of about 15 or 16, online shopping probably wasn't a big part of your childhood. You didn't have the luxury of skimming the internet for the latest action figure or soft toy, and instead had to rely on adverts in magazines or on TV in order to know which craze you were supposed to be fawning over.
Then again, it was a lot of fun to pick out your Christmas list from the pages of a catalogue, and finding out about a new gadget from a friend on the playground was always exciting. Plus, who could forget the magic of wandering up and down aisles and aisles of Barbies and Beyblades with a saved-up stash of pocket money burning a hole in your pocket? Now that was better than any kind of online platform will ever be.
With online shopping, though, you don't really get that sort of buzz that comes with picking out a brand new Lego set from the shelves or carrying the latest Beanie Baby home from the store - and you don't get to pester your parents for a coin to put in the gumball machine by the shop entrance, either.
Plus, now that everything's on the web, it seems so much easier to go splurging all your money without really taking into account how much you're spending... especially if it isn't your money to start with.
So, when six-year-old Caitlyn - who doesn't even remember a time before eBay or next-day delivery - got a hold of her mother's Amazon account, things got a little out of hand.
In a post on Twitter, Ria Diyaolu shared a picture of Caitlyn, her younger cousin, grinning ear-to-ear while standing next to an Amazon delivery which was pretty much the same size as her.
Unbeknownst to her parents, the little girl had ordered $350 worth of toys and games the night before when her mother told her she could order one Barbie doll as a birthday present.
"Her mom went on her Amazon account and saw three pages of things she had ordered," said Diyaolu.
"She knew exactly what she was doing when she did it. I was so surprised that a 6-year-old knew how to do one-click, next-day shipping."
And, of course, everyone on Twitter thought it was brilliant.
Unfortunately for Caitlyn (but luckily for her parents' bank account), her folks are sending everything back to Amazon and claiming a refund. As it turns out, it's not all that uncommon for kids to order a bunch of stuff without telling anyone, and the company are apparently used to dealing with the issue.
"[Caitlyn] did not get grounded, but she does not have access to the internet for a month," her cousin explained.
She was allowed to keep the Barbie doll she ordered, though, so it's not all bad.