Posted: August 18, 2018

Girl secretly buys $350 in toys on mom’s Amazon account; family turns it into ‘teaching moment’


By Lauren Padgett, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

PLEASANT VIEW, Utah —

A 6-year-old girl in Pleasantville, Utah, put online shoppers to shame after ordering over $350 worth of Barbies and other toys on her mom’s Amazon account -- and now, her family has turned the impulsive shopping spree into a lesson about caring for others. 

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Katelyn Lunt is entering the first grade this year.

Her mom, Catherine Lunt, told Cox Media Group she ordered a Barbie doll from Amazon for Katelyn as a reward for doing extra chores around the house.

“She wanted to get on and see when it was going to arrive. When I left the room, she went crazy and ordered what she calls a ‘Barbie collection,’” Catherine Lunt said. 

By the time Lunt realized what her daughter had done, she said she was able to cancel a few packages but many had already shipped.

The next morning, Lunt said the family went for a walk and was surprised by the delivery driver when they returned home.

Catherine Lunt
Katelyn Lunt, 6, poses with the delivery driver after surprising her family with a $350 toy shopping spree using her mom's Amazon account.

“Right as we arrived back from our walk, the collection of packages showed up,” Lunt said. “It was hilarious so we had to take pictures. Her face pretty much says it all.”

Catherine Lunt
Katelyn Lunt, 6, secretly ordered $350 worth of toys on Amazon using her mom's account.
Catherine Lunt
Catherine Lunt and her daughter, 6-year-old Katelyn, pose with a stack of Amazon boxes full of toys Katelyn ordered without her mom's permission.

A family member sent the photos to a cousin, who tweeted photos of the moment that went viral.

 

When it came time to figure out what to do with the ‘Barbie collection,’ Lunt said the family decided to pay it forward.

Catherine Lunt
Katelyn Lunt, 6, ordered $350 worth of toys on Amazon.

“We were going to send the packages back to Amazon but we decided to donate them to Primary Children's Hospital where Katelyn spent a week when she was first born,” Lunt said. “Katelyn helped us deliver the packages to the hospital, so I guess we used it more as a teaching moment than a time for punishment.”

 

A spokesperson for Primary Children’s told Cox Media Group the family dropped off the toys earlier this week, and the hospital was “simply the grateful recipient of their kindness.”

Catherine Lunt
Katelyn Lunt, 6, poses with the toys she ordered on Amazon after donating them to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Katelyn Lunt, 6, poses with the delivery driver who delivered over $350 worth of toys Lunt secretly purchased using her mom's Amazon account.

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