Late-night snacks can definitely hit the spot, especially when you’re feeling hungry after a long day. But for one Michigan family, a late-night snack turned into a costly experience.
It all started when Keith Stonehouse gave his 6-year-old son, Mason, his phone before putting him to bed. What happened next was something the Stonehouses couldn’t have anticipated.
Mason quickly began ordering food from various restaurants and delivery services. Before the Stonehouses knew it, cars were pulling into the driveway to drop off the food, and the family’s bank account was being drained.
“The doorbell rang again and it kept happening. Car after car. Cars were pulling into the driveway while others were pulling out,” Stonehouse said.
“I took the food and then it hit me,” he said. “I looked at my phone with repeated messages that my food was getting ready, my food was being delivered. I looked at my bank account and it was getting drained.”
The 6-year-old had ordered a ton of food, including jumbo shrimp, chicken pita sandwiches, chili cheese fries, and more. “This was like something out of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit,” said Stonehouse, who eventually got a fraud alert from Chase Bank declining a nearly $450 order to a pizza place. Stonehouse said he couldn’t figure out any way to cancel the orders.
The family had no choice but to store most of the food deliveries in the fridge. They even invited their neighbors over to help eat some of the food.
The incident left Keith Stonehouse baffled, as he tried to explain to Mason that this wasn’t a good idea. He said, “I was trying to explain to him that this wasn’t good and he puts his hand up and stops me and says, ‘Dad, did the pepperoni pizzas come yet?’ I had to walk out of the room. I didn’t know if I should get mad or laugh. I didn’t know what to do.”
Fortunately, the now-stuffed family was able to get through the incident with a laugh. And, most importantly, Mason got his pepperoni pizzas.