Ashylynd Howell, a six-year-old girl, used her mom’s thumbprint to purchase toys worth $250 on Amazon. The girl gently lifted her mom’s thumb and placed it on the home screen to bypass security. When the mom discovered what her daughter had done, she was understandably shocked.
How it All Started
Initially, her parent thought that their account had been hacked. However, the girl explained that she was the one who had made the purchases. The events leading to the purchase all started on a busy Monday night. The mother said that she had been quite tired that night, but her daughter did not show any signs of being tired. Therefore, her mother Bethany decided to put on a movie for her to quite her down. After watching the movie for five minutes, Bethany fell fast asleep.
Unbeknown to her, Ashylynd picked up her thumb and gently placed it on the security screen. She went on to buy 13 Pokémon toys that ranged from figurines to plush characters and even trading cards. The young girl also indicated that the toys would be delivered to their doorstep.
Bethany Only Found Out About it the Next Day
After the young girl made the purchases, Bethany only found out about it when she was sent email confirmations that the orders were being processed and were due for delivery. It was quite shocking for Bethany and her husband as their daughter had never done such a thing before.
According to Bethany, her young daughter had only used her phone in the past to watch videos on YouTube, pull up the Netflix app, or play games. When she learned that Ashylynd had made the purchase on Amazon, she thought that it must have been by mistake. However, her daughter later told her that she had been shopping online and that everything would be delivered to their door. Bethany was quite shocked to hear that, she did not even think her daughter knew about Amazon.
An Opportunity to Learn
It was at that instance that she and her husband sat down with their daughter to explain how she had made the purchases. They also decide to use the opportunity to teach their daughter something. The parents said that their daughter did not have the concept of money or that what she did was wrong or right. Once she had understood everything, she apologized to her parents and promised to ask for permission in future before making any purchases.
Bethany then decided to return the items to Amazon. It was at that moment that she discovered that only four of the items were returnable. That meant that she was stuck with the other toys. However, she did not tell her daughter about it. Instead, she told her that she had told Santa about what she had done, and he had decided to bring some of the toys to her for Christmas. It worked out perfectly since Bethany had not bought her daughter any Christmas presents yet.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!
No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!
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