Viewed from a safe distance, with an ocean in between, the US justice system sometimes seems like a wonderful way to forego personal responsibility and hold everyone else responsible for your misery. In this it differs diametrically from the US health system, in which – again, from our point of view – it’s completely your own fault if you get sick, and nobody will take care of you unless you pay.
Perhaps these are European prejudices. But whatever they are, they have been fuelled by a new case reported by
AppleInsider. A woman named Karen Workman (yes, Karen!) is suing Apple after she made $3,312.19 – roughly £2,500 – in in-app purchases for the free-to-play iPhone game Jackpot Mania over a period of six months.
Apple prohibits gambling apps in the App Store, but the suit claims that Jackpot Mania has precisely that gambling character from which customers are supposed to be protected. The plaintiff says she “began purchasing coins through the app so he/she could continue to play for a chance to win free coins that would enable him/her to enjoy the game(s) for a longer period of time”.
The suit argues that a game in which you “have the ability to win and therefore acquire more playing time” falls under the gambling category.
How the matter will end is uncertain, but those European prejudices are whispering to us that Workman has more chances of getting compensation in court than she would of persuading a health insurance company to treat her gambling addiction.
Want to avoid falling down the same financial hole? Here’s
how to disable in-app purchases on an iPhone.
This article originally appeared on
Macwelt. Translation by David Price.