(CNN) – Four-year-old Noah Ruiz loves two things: Popsicles and SpongeBob.
And when he discovered that both objects of his passion had been combined into a fruity and delicious icy treat, he did the only sensible thing: he ordered them.
To be precise, he ordered 918 of them. From his mother’s Amazon Prime account. Without telling her.
Noah’s mother, Jennifer Bryant, had let Noah use her laptop for distance learning when his iPad did not work. She was busy in another room when Noah apparently navigated into her Amazon Prime account, which she shares with her sister who lives nearby.
Subsequently, there were signs that something was about to happen.
“He went on to say the number ̵
But Jennifer did not think much about it, because sometimes he repeats things: “I was really not surprised because he was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).”
A phone call from a frustrated sister
Then she got the call.
“She got up and cussed, and she said to me, ‘You know you really have to stop ordering all this stuff.'”
Three large boxes, each weighing 70 pounds and requiring immediate freezing, had arrived at her sister’s house.
“I said ‘I do not know what you’re talking about. “”
That was when Jennifer discovered that she was the proud owner of 51 cases of SpongeBob Popsicles that cost just under $ 2,619.
Suddenly, Noah’s repeated mantra of “51, 51 …” began to make sense.
A frozen headache
Amazon would not take the ice back because they came from a third-party vendor. Her credit card is investigating but has so far not issued a refund. In a terrifying moment, Bryant, a mother of three with some big bills of her own, had no idea how to pay for her tuition this semester.
A friend and fellow student at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work started a GoFundMe for her in hopes of helping pay off at least some of Popsicles.
And that brings us to our sweet ending. (And no, it’s not that Noah ate all 918 Popsicles in a sort of kindergarten class, Bacchanalia; they melted in two days.)
GoFundMe paid for the ice poppers within 24 hours, and the donations kept coming in and climbing far beyond the original goal.
Jennifer says she will use the extra money to pay for Noah’s schooling and the extra educational support he needs. She hopes she is able to send him to a special school for children on the autism spectrum. Noah would like that too, but his real dream is just to meet SpongeBob in person.
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