Oregon toddler buys car on eBay with dad’s smartphone

For daddies out there including myself, don’t let your toddler play with your smartphone.

With just a few taps, Sorella Stoute purchased a 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite. Her dad, Paul Stoute, plans to spruce it up in time for his little girl’s sweet 16.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013, 1:53 PM

Sorella Stoute, a 14-month-old from Portland, bought a car using her dads smartphone.
This toddler is bound to be a thrifty spender.

Fourteen-month-old Sorella Stoute has already made her first adult purchase a 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite.

While her dad wasnt looking, the little girl used his smartphone to snag the car for a clean $225 on eBay.


The car was in Tualatin, Ore., so it wasnt too far away from the Stoutes Portland, Ore., home.

Paul Stoute found out about Sorellas spending habits when he got an email from eBay congratulating him on his purchase.

“Tap, tap, tap and now I own a car,” Paul told KPTV.

Sorella has always been fond of clicking around on her dads phone. But the Portland, Ore., dad never expected his little one to accidentally open up his eBay app, scroll through recently viewed products, make a bid and win.

The tech-savvy Sorella is fond of tapping around on her parents cellphones. Since her purchase, the Stoutes have beefed up the security system on their phones in case Sorella gets any other grand ideas.

Im just glad she didnt buy the $38,000 Porsche I was looking at, Stoute told KOIN 6 NEWS.

Paul had been thinking about buying and rebuilding a used car with a friend. The seller offered to cancel the unexpected deal, but the dad wanted to keep Sorellas car.

It will be some time before Sorella can get behind the wheelnot just because shes a toddler. The car, called Frankensprite by its former owner, is not in running condition. Its going to take a bit of work to fix it up.

Paul Stoute plans to fix up the car and hand it over to his little girl when she turns 16.

“It comes with two engines,” said Christina Stoute, Sorella’s mother. “They’re both in the backseat.”

Paul is determined to get working on the project. He wants to give it to his little girl for her 16th birthday or high school graduation.

In the meantime, the Stoutes have added facial recognition technology to their phones and changed the pin codes just in case Sorella sets her sights on another big buy.

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