It is a tale as old as time: having too many IPAs at Happy Hour only to wake up and see an order confirmation email hit your inbox. Moments such as “why did I spend $250 on a to-scale replica of the living room from 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter?” or “wow, I must have been really interested in the VIP package for a day at the zoo, whatever that means.” A New York mother had a similar experience recently, only without the hoppy beverages.
Jennifer Bryant, a social work student at NYU, was shocked when she found out her 4-year-old son Noah purchased $2,618.85 worth of Spongebob Squarepants popsicles off of Amazon, according to The New York Post. You may be thinking to yourself, wow that is a lot of popsicles. You are correct. That amounts to 51 cases, or 918 individual popsicles, according to one of Bryant’s fellow NYU classmates.
The thought process by the 4-year-old SpongeBob fanatic is something everyone can relate to when they were of that age. Who among us did not see flashy packaging in the grocery story and hang onto our mother’s arm begging for a sugar-saturated treat, pining for it to join the fellow groceries in the cart? Given the advances of technology, Noah saw an opportunity for the world at his fingertips. One box? Dream bigger. Two boxes? Come on now, child’s play. 51 boxes? Now we’re talking. 52? OK, that’s just excessive, 51 will do.
I don’t even know how one holds that many cases of popsicles. You’d need a freezer the size of either The Cheesecake Factory or Brian Moser. I imagine that even a 4-year-old can get tired of that many popsicles. How do you spread those out? Do you make him eat as many as he can until he feels nauseous like parents used to do with cigarettes to get their kids not to smoke? Do you spread them over the course of time like for birthdays when a kid may ask, “can we get a cake?” and his mother responds, “why do you need a cake? You have 700 perfectly good popsicles left.”
There is a happy ending to the story as a GoFundMe raised over $3,600 for Bryant, who says the surplus will go toward educational expenses for young Noah.