Boy Loses $120 on 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' Smartphone App

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Novelist Ayelet Waldman recently warned the Internet after her 11-year-old son lost $120 playing the popular smartphone game “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.”

Waldman wrote on social media sites on Sunday how her son Abe lost $120 on the app, which earns $700,000 a day, reports

Waldman wrote on Facebook:

WARNING parents. The Kardashian Hollywood game somehow bypassed our parental in-app purchase controls. Our poor 11 year old spent $120 in 2 days. He’s crying hysterically. He can’t believe he lost so much money. A pox on those vile scumbag Kardashian pigs and their app designers.

According to Gawker, Waldman wrote on Twitter:

Why is the Kardashian app such a high earner? Because it preys on children who don't know how much it's stealing from them. Pure evil.

“Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” is free to download, but offers multiple in-app purchases, which Abe spent the money on, noted Page Six. The in-app purchases are expensive clothes, hairstyles and photo shoots for an user's avatar.

Waldman and her husband, writer Michael Chabon, say they had limited their child's phone to $20-a-month in spending, but Waldman says “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” bypassed that limit and charged the family credit card for $120.

After warning parents on the web, Waldman got a $120 refund from Apple where the app is downloaded.

Waldman happily reported that her son no longer likes the Kardashians.

Sources:, Gawker, Page Six, Facebook


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