A toddler buys a car on eBay, but how is that possible you ask? The toddler bought the car after getting a hold of her father’s smartphone and opening an app while playing with the device. Before the Stoute family knew it, they had won the eBay auction for a 1962 Austin Healy Sprite, according to KSN.com on July 10, 2013.
This is how the dad of the toddler tells the story; but are there just too many coincidences for this story to hold water? The 14-month-old accidentally entered in a plethora of information needed to buy the car. Then there is the coincidence that the folks who own the car are near by, so there is no high shipping charge that would need to be paid. Last but not least, the father has a donation website set-up for people to donate money to fix the dilapidated car.
Paul Stoute, the father of the 14-month-old shopper, Sorella, said he had no idea that his daughter placed the winning bid and they were now proud owners of a car that needed a tremendous amount of work. The Stoute family needed to pay the $225 that the toddler bid when they decided to keep her purchase.
As luck would have it, the seller of the car was nearby so they were able to retrieve their car and store it at one of Sorella’s grandparents’ homes.
Paul plans to fix up the car and most likely give it to Sorella when she gets her license as a teen. It seems he has already started a page on a fundraiser website to raise the money to fix up the car. He claims he is thinking the car may go to Sorella when she turns 16 or on the day she graduates.
While this makes a bizarre but cute story, it’s a bit hard to swallow. Yes, kids get into all kinds of things at that age, but she would have had to do everything just right to place that bid on eBay. That’s a lot of mistaken push buttons when putting a bid in on the car. Then the car was near enough to go and get. That was another stroke of luck for the father who saved on what would have probably been a massive shipping charge to have the car brought to him.
The last clue is the fundraising website. You would look a little strange raising money for yourself to fix up a car, but now that this cute story is out there how his daughter purchased the car, he can sign up for donations without looking odd for doing so. After all why should other people donate money to him to fix up a car? With this story of his toddler buying it, this might be an easier sell for getting folks to donate.
What do you think?