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The 6-year-old orders $1,000 worth of food on Grubhub using his father’s cell phone

Left to their own devices, kids can do the worst things — like accidentally breaking unique artwork or ordering $100 McDonald’s cheeseburgers. For a 6-year-old in Michigan, a few minutes with a smartphone resulted in 10x financial damage — all for the chili fries.

On Jan. 26, Chesterfield Township, Michigan father-of-two Keith Stonehouse was caring for his 6-year-old Mason when the little boy managed to do a whopping $1,000 Grubhub shopping spree.

Keith and Mason Stonehouse.Courtesy of Keith Stonehouse

“It was father and son time and we were watching TV, and Mason is like, ‘Dad, can I use your cell phone?'” Stonehouse tells TODAY.com, adding that Mason typically uses it to teach a study to play app. “So I gave my phone and said, ‘You have 30 minutes.'”

Stonehouse says Mason trotted into her finished basement to play with the phone, and after 30 minutes he fetched his son — and his phone — at bedtime.

“It’s not usually easy for a 6-year-old to go to bed, but surprisingly he was really good,” says Stonehouse. “There was no struggle, no ‘I’m hungry’ or making up anything to stay awake. He just went to bed and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing. I wish mom was here to witness that.” And suddenly I hear the doorbell.”

Stonehouse says he saw a woman leave a large bag on the porch, which he assumed were just items for a wedding cake. His wife runs a cake-making business, and according to Stonehouse, customers sometimes bring in cake toppers and other items.

“But then the doorbell rings again and the light comes through the front window and then it happens over and over again. I’m absolutely terrified,” Stonehouse says, adding that with each shipment comes huge amounts of groceries.

That's a fifth of what arrived Saturday night, according to Keith Stonehouse.
That’s a fifth of what arrived Saturday night, according to Keith Stonehouse. Courtesy of Keith Stonehouse

“It’s five orders of 20 pieces of jumbo shrimp, a bunch of chicken sandwiches, chili cheese fries and ice cream and vine leaves and rice and more sandwiches and I’m like, ‘What’s going on?'” says Stonehouse. “I pile everything up and couldn’t figure it out.”

“I hadn’t checked my phone for a while after I took it from him before bed,” says Stonehouse. “I look and it’s a continuous list of GrubHub reminders and notifications. “Your food has been ordered”, “Your food is being prepared”, “Your food is coming”, “Your food is being delivered.”

Stonehouse then saw a fraud warning from his bank: $439 was declined by Happy’s Pizza. However, another $183 pizzeria treats charge managed to pull through. He says he called the store to cancel the orders, but by then it was too late.

Mason Stonehouse plays with Monopoly money.
Mason Stonehouse plays with Monopoly money.Courtesy of Keith Stonehouse

“You can’t do anything. So I just had to take it and that was it,” he says.

After Stonehouse stocked the numerous food orders in various fridges and freezers that his wife has in the house for her bakery business, he had a conversation with his son, the likely culprit, who last had his phone.

“I go up and yell at him and I’m like, ‘Why did you do that?’ and he’s just looking at me with his eyes above his blanket,” says Stonehouse, admitting that while he was genuinely upset, he made some laughs. “Mason cuts me off mid-sentence, puts out his hand and says, ‘Dad, stop it. When are the pepperoni pizzas coming out?’”

All told, Stonehouse says Mason managed to take over $1,000 worth of food orders. The wild guy managed to get several orders from Shawarma Yes! complete successfully. Bar & Grill, Leo’s Coney Island and other restaurants.

Mason stone house.
Mason stone house.Courtesy of Keith Stonehouse

Luckily for Stonehouse, Grubhub feels the pain in his pocket.

“We reached out to Keith Stonehouse when we heard about his son’s unexpected spending spree,” a Grubhub spokesman tells TODAY.com. “We wanted to make things better for him and his family, so we offered to send him $1,000 Grubhub gift cards.”

As for whether Mason was penalized for his Grubhub spending spree, Stonehouse says he and his wife had long discussions with Mason about the value of money. They both ended up taking something from Mason’s piggy bank for every restaurant infraction.

“I think it’s sunk a bit. Apparently he’s six. We’re not really going to keep it, and we’re going to give it to him later,” says Stonehouse.

From left: Keith, Phoenix, Mason and Kristen Stonehouse.
From left: Keith, Phoenix, Mason and Kristen Stonehouse.Courtesy of Keith Stonehouse

“Mason said something to me today that was kind of funny. He said, ‘Well, I got my dad ice cream because I know he loves ice cream and I know he eats ice cream every night,'” says Stonehouse, laughing. “I said, ‘Oh, you little one… You’re so cute.'”

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