A Girl Just Wants To Shop: Toddler Buys A Car From Ebay Using Her Dad’s Cell Phone!

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July 14, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong
"Stella"

Source: Eyewitness News

When your child buys a car and is barely able to walk, you might want to start watching your credit card bills very closely.

According to Eyewitness News, that is exactly what happened to a Portland family.  Sorella Stoute, who is only 14 months old, recently got a hold of her dad’s cell phone and starting doing what most children do: playing with the keypad and/or buttons.

What Paul Stoute didn’t expect was for his daughter to buy the family a new car. Stella’s playing around landed her on the Ebay mobile website and after a little more inadvertent prodding, the little one ended up winning a $225 bid on a 1962 Austin Healey car.

Stoute says he and his wife initially panicked about what she’d done but ultimately, they decided to keep the car and fix it up:

‘”I’ve done a lot of body work in the past, like bondo and stuff like that,’ he said. ‘But this is another realm altogether.'”

He’s better than many of us. I would have gotten on the phone with customer service and the seller as soon as I’d realized what happened, trying to get them to cancel the purchase.

But Stella’s dad clearly took it all in stride and says he’s just more happy that she didn’t win a bid on an almost $4,000 Porsche he’d been eyeing for quite some time.

Oh, ad he’s also added some privacy settings, including facial recognition technology and a new PIN number.

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  • Kenedy

    So when making a purchase, ebay doesn’t ask you to type in credit card information? or password information? Or at least type in that captcha code thing to make sure you are not a computer?

    • belle

      She didn’t purchase the car, she only won it in the bid. I really don’t know why they said that because that is not how bidding works on Ebay. When you bid and win, then you are obligated to pay. So they ask for financial stuff after the bidding ends.

      • Kenedy

        Oh ok, thanks, that makes a lot more sense, the purchasing doesn’t make any sense, I mean there’s a lot to type in when purchasing stuff online

    • ..

      and after you click ‘bid’, I thought it brings you to a confirmation page, so it would be kind of hard to do it accidentally. The whole thing sounds made up.

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