Boy, 4, Orders Nearly $3K Of SpongeBob Popsicles On Mom’s Online Shopping Account

May 07, 2021 by apost team

Children are known to be impulsive and not fully understand the meaning of the word "no." This is especially the case when it's related to sweet, sugary treats, or perhaps their favorite cartoon on TV. Tell a child no and there's a good chance they might throw a tantrum for not getting their way.

But one recent story has proven to be a shocking example of what can happen when a child is able to bypass their parent in attempting to gain both a sweet, sugary treat AND their favorite cartoon. And what's more, in this case, the parent didn't even have the opportunity to tell their child "no."

That was the case for Jennifer Bryant, mother of 4-year-old Noah Bryant. A hard-working mother of three, Jennifer was left blindsided when her son managed to order nearly $3,000 worth of SpongeBob SquarePants popsicles over her Amazon account, all without her realizing. What's worse, since the popsicles were not refundable — presumably because they're a food item — Jennifer was left bearing the hefty costs, which she was in no position to pay.

Thankfully for her, a family friend caught wind of what was going on and with Jennifer's blessing, started a GoFundMe to ask for the kindness of strangers to help her pay the bill for her son's adorable, yet expensive, mistake. Their story has since gone viral and the GoFundMe has enabled Jennifer to pay for the order of 918, yes 918, popsicles! We're sure Jennifer and maybe even Noah learned a lot from this incident. Let's take a look.

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By now, online shopping is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it's so easy to order household items at the drop of a hat, but on the other, impulsive shopping habits can surprise us when something arrives in the mail that we barely remember purchasing late at night. Thankfully, adults have a fair amount of control when it comes to these things, but that's more than we can say for children.

Noah Bryant, who is 4 years old, lives with his siblings and mom, Jennifer Bryant, in New York City. As with many children, he loves cartoons, specifically Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants. In fact, he loves the cartoon so much that without his mother realizing it, Noah purchased 918 SpongeBob SquarePants popsicles over her Amazon account. The order amounted to 51 cases that cost $2,618.85 in total, and it was all shipped to Noah's aunt's house.

While extreme, Noah's situation is kind of relatable — who hasn't just discovered their new favorite food or candy and started to buy it like it's going out of fashion?! But despite being an adorable story, it was no laughing matter for Jennifer. 

It turned out the purchase was not refundable and so she had to foot the nearly $3,000 bill on her own. This proved a big challenge, as Jennifer is a mom-of-three who's studying social work at New York University and simply couldn't afford to pay for Noah's mistake. But after writing about her situation on her university Facebook page, a fellow student stepped in to help her out.

Katie Schloss knew Jennifer from their work together on a group project, when they took a Policy I class together at university. After coming across her story, Schloss knew she wanted to help. Initially offering to donate a contribution to help out, Jennifer asked Katie to start a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the costs. Schloss started a GoFundMe and also posted about the incident while sharing an adorable photo of Noah with one of the popsicles.

Before long, the story and campaign went viral, with the full $2,618.85 donated in a mere 24 hours! But the donations haven't stopped there — as of Friday the campaign has made over $11,900. Jennifer wrote a message on the GoFundMe page thanking everyone who has donated and explaining how she will use the extra money:

"Thank you SO much for your mind-blowing generosity and support ... As a parent to a child living with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), all additional donations will go towards Noah's education and additional supports.  We cannot thank you enough.  Truly. Love, Jennifer."

It's wonderful to see people coming together to help one another out when they need it most. Noah's mistake was an honest one and while we can laugh about how adorable it is now, there's no denying the moment Jennifer realized what had happened was cause for panic. With the help of an acquaintance and the kindness of many strangers, Jennifer's crisis was quickly averted. Let's just hope little Noah takes away something from the incident too!

What would you do if your child ordered thousands of dollars worth of candy online? Pass this story on to serve as a (sweet) warning to other parents you know!

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