Dad called cops after son's Xbox extravagance

19 August 2014

xbox one square A dad shopped his own son after he blew nearly £3,000 on Xbox games.

Using the family business card, Daniel Holmes managed to make 77 payments to the Xbox Live network.

Naturally, dad Ian hit the roof, and called the police when he discovered the payments on his card statement.

Daniel  made 77 payments to Xbox live, which came to £2,400. With interest this totalled £2,800, North Devon Magistrates' heard on Friday.

While Daniel had an investment in the family business, and had the card legitimately, once confronted by his dad about it, did not deny it, but admitted that he couldn't pay it back.

Tim Hook, defending Daniel, said: "The defendant continued to use it, on each occasion buying Xbox games and carrying on a form of gambling which increased into a relatively substantial sum."

His father asked him to repay it. He said he was extremely annoyed and "could hit him"".

He also realised that Daniel - then unemployed - would be unable to pay £200 a month. Hence a court case. Holmes Jnr, of Ilfracombe, Devon, was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay compensation of £2,097.88.

Don't let your children use your credit cards. That's the blindingly obvious lesson here.

TOPICS:   Games

3 comments

  • thingonaspring
    how is that a form of gambling?
  • DrJogalog
    How old was his son?
  • thingonaspring
    A 20-year-old man has been taken to court for spending almost £3,000 on another credit card...his dad's. The Xbox "addict" made a number of purchases on Microsoft's Xbox Live network. His dad, Ian Holmes, gave his son Daniel permission to use the card for family business only, but he went on a mass shopping spree to the surprise of his his Dad. North Devon Magistrates heard the fraud went unnoticed throughout 2013 until Mr Holmes, who did not own an Xbox, noticed the payments on his card.

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