Chinese Sixth Grader Steals From Mother To Buy Digital Currency

A sixth grader in China stole over $1000 from his mother to spend on video game currency. After finding out that he had stolen the money, the mother called the police to make a complaint against the net cafe that sold him the currency, gaining her a partial refund.

People's Daily reported today that a sixth grader in Wuhan had stolen money on from his mother to purchase Q coins. Q coins are a digital currency used by many Tencent-related games and applications. The boy, Xu, had stolen over $1000 and ended up purchasing 3900 Q coins. The boy gave 900 coins to a friend to repay a debt and kept the rest.

Upon finding out about this, the mother "freaked" out. Q Coins, once purchased, are non-refundable. Not sure what to do, she called the police. Mrs Xu was directed to the Chinese equivalent to the consumer protection agency. A lengthy call later she stormed the net cafe that sold her son the coins.

The owner of the net cafe said that there was nothing wrong with what he was doing, and that he was simply conducting business. The younger Xu had the money and the right to purchase whatever he wanted. However, the owner was wrong. Mrs. Xu was armed with the "law". According to the Chinese consumer protection agency and the public security bureau, the boy was spending outside of his means. They said that the business was at fault for selling such copious amounts of virtual currency to an underage minor, who "didn't have the means to come up with so much cash."

The story is currently still unravelling, but so far it's reported that Mrs. Xu has received a $326 refund. Hopefully she'll put the money somewhere her boy won't be able to get it.

[小学生偷拿家中6700元购买Q币 母亲报警求助] [People's Daily ]

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    That's a tough one. The owner just did what he does, selling product. However, a 6th grader with that kind of money, you would think, would raise alarm bells.

    $1000 is alot to a net cafe owner. One transaction too. His morality took the backseat to making ends meet.

    Admittedly I was tempted to use my parents credit card for online things when I was a minor. It just goes to show how much gambling can affect people's lives.

    I used to "borrow" 20c pieces from my parents change jar and car console to play old school arcade games down the local shop when I was a kid, does that make me a bad person?

      No. It's obviously the store's fault for not running a credit check and doing a means test.

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