Dad busts four-year-old son ordering $870 worth of groceries during lockdown

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Everyone is pretty clear on the fact that ‘snacks are life’ - if not before this period of isolation, then definitely now more than ever.

Either way, a four-year-old from the UK was so keen to stock up in the snack department, he almost racked up a grocery bill of over $800 before being busted by his parents.

Dad Gareth was shocked when he saw his son's shopping list. Photos: Twitter

The boy’s dad Gareth Davies shared the hilarious tale on Twitter revealing the little one had nicked his mum’s phone while she slept.

“My 4-year-old nearly caused national food shortage this morning,” he wrote.

“Got hold of mum's phone while she slept and ordered 990 mini Peperamis, and a combined 1,200 Bakewell tarts and Fab ice lollies from Tesco. Total order £451.27. Even booked a delivery slot.”

When Gareth asked his son why he was putting in such an extravagant order he apparently replied: “I wanted to have more food than everyone else”.

“I told him we didn't have quite enough money to spend £450 on food and he said that was fine because he had some, and proceeded to pull 14p from his pocket,” the dad added in the Twitter thread.

While snacks were definitely at the top of this boy’s list of requirements, he did think of the rest of the family and thought to also order some pantry items and fresh fruit.

He even added two cans of deodorant.

Full list:

  • 990 mini Peperamis

  • 120 Viennese Whirls

  • 594 Bakewells

  • 594 Fabs

  • 184 Oranges

  • 11 packs of pine nuts

  • 24 rashers of bacon

  • 24 Cumberland sausages

  • 2 cans of deodorant

  • 2 packs of Frubes

  • 36 packs of Mini Cheddars

  • 8 fishcakes

  • A pack of strawberries

  • A bunch of bananas

The story quickly went viral, which lead to the creators of the boy’s most preferred snack item - mini Peperamis - reaching out on Twitter “to the Mini-Meathead”.

“Let me just say, you’ve got GREAT taste,” the letter read, before promising to send a “big care package” so they don’t have to “empty the local Tesco again”.

Photo: Twitter

It’s not the first time kids have been taking advantage of the lockdown situation.

Parenting blogger Laura Mazza last week shared the hilarious story about how she was "scammed" by her five-year-old son.

The Melbourne-based writer took to her Facebook page to reveal her home school session with her son one day was "mildly unsupervised" as she had "a mountain of work" to complete and didn't want to have Luca somehow get involved in her Zoom meeting.

"While working in my office (aka a small makeshift desk near the front door), I put FaceTime on, so if Luca had a question when unsupervised, he could ask - nailing parenting right? Bloody oath!"

"He was pretty quiet, but I could hear the lesson going on, so I didn’t feel very worried. I wanted him to feel trusted... HAHAHAHAHHA TRUST A 5 year old... good one Laura."

Turns out the little one had used a photo of himself ‘studying’ from his sister’s iPad to trick his mum into thinking he was still sitting there, when in fact he had been gleefully playing with his toys for some time.

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