Over 40 million kids and adults play Fortnite Battle Royale, and with so much popularity, it brings in around $1.5 million a day. Much of that money comes from in-app purchases, as one Redditor knows all too well.
“We have quite a large family, four kids,” a woman with the username “The-Expert-Is-Here” wrote on the True Off My Chest subreddit. “Our 15 year old son spent $500 on Fortnite skins/whatever without our permission. He will wake up on Christmas with no presents as payment. It kinda kills me inside since all the other kids will be getting gifts, but I also think it’s an important lesson he needs to learn.”
After the many comments and her replies, the woman added an edit to clarify some things.
“He was told not to expect presents from us at Christmas. He thinks we are threatening that, because we are kind of chicks,” she wrote. “It’s not make or break money for us. I’m working to try and get a refund, but if I don’t, it won’t stop us from eating or paying rent or anything like that. that.”
She continued: “It seems like a very controversial topic. Either you think the punishment is right and deserved or you think we are absolute assholes for even considering it. I get it. There’s no one only correct answer We had a password for purchases but either guessed it or saw one of us enter it at some point and memorized it I now get a notification whenever my card is in use and the card information has been deleted from the system.
Needless to say, there were plenty of opinions about the wife’s choice not to buy presents for her son – but not because it’s Christmas. Many pointed to his apparent lack of desire to stick to his aforementioned consequence. So far, the post has garnered over 38,000 upvotes and over 7,500 comments.
“Judging by OP’s responses…I’m not shocked that your kid is acting like a licensed brat. He only accepts certain branded gifts? He repeatedly steals your stuff without consequences? You can’t not raise him with that mindset and defend his actions and then wonder why he acts the way he does,” boob__punch wrote.
“Seriously, at 15 I knew nothing had to be done, even a fraction that bad, or I would live an incredibly naked existence literally into adulthood. OP has FOUR CHILDREN raised like this. Yiiiikes”, said Waste-Passion.
Tybackwoods00 agreed with a unique point of view saying: “OP’s son is going to end up in prison. I know because I was that son. I am not entitled to certain branded gifts, but I steal certainly anyone and anything.”
“You need to start parenting. Holy shit. I read your answers. Your child is stepping on you. He has no respect. Do something!” said Super Calzor.
“Reading some of your comments here, it seems there is something wrong with the relationship between you and your son. I don’t know. It’s just a Reddit post, but you might want to reflect on your actions/attitude and the consequences of such over the past 15 years. Based on the comments here, I’m sure this will be dismissed, but I’m commenting anyway in the hope that you’ll read this and think about it. the good of your son,” thaaaaatlady added.
These were not all negative comments. Some offered encouragement and ways to work things out.
“You might be able to get a refund if it’s fairly recent. My kids did, they spent like $400 on fortnite stuff. I called Microsoft customer service and they refunded me. It must happen often,” collectablespoons said.
“That’s completely reasonable for a 15-year-old. He was old enough to know exactly what he was doing and how wrong it was. If he gets mad, tell him the money what he spent was supposed to be on gifts, and he’s already chosen his gifts. Real parenthood is supposed to hurt a little on the inside sometimes. Stick to your guns on that,” added give_me_goats .
The post was still racking up upvotes and comments at the time it was posted.