UK Toddler buys car

Written by Brett Thomas

September 26, 2006 // 3:36 p.m.

Tags: #ebay #figero #nissan #toddler

Lesson number #1: When you have a toddler who apparently has an affinity for eBay auctions, don't save your password for your account.

Apparently, a UK mother has learned this lesson the hard way. According to Rachel Neal, her little whiz-kid Jack apparently bid on a barbie-pink Nissan Figero automobile...and won. When the parents received the congratulations e-mail from eBay, they were utterly surprised. After all, the kid is only three years old.

"We couldn't figure out what was happening," she told the Daily Telegraph. "So we checked and saw it was a Barbie pink car which we'd bought for 8999 pounds ($22,750). We flew into a panic."

Yeah. She went on to further elaborate, "Jack's a whiz on the PC and just pressed all the right buttons." Apparently, Jack came in the next day and said, "I've bought a car."

The car in question is a collector's item that was restored, and was being sold by Worchester Road Motors. When the parents contacted the company, the seller was more than gracious. He immediately cancelled the bid and re-listed the car for auction, saying he was "amused" by the chain of events.

All we need is Bill Cosby saying, "Kids say the darndest things!" So there you have it - a three year-old buys a 9,000 quid car, and idiotic parents have a chuckle about how smart their kid is. Fortunately, everyone had a laugh this go around - eBay Motors is a contract purchase, and the parents could have easily been held liable. Hopefully daddy doesn't save por...uhh, "mature content" passwords in a similar fashion.

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