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Mum Mortified After Daughter, 8, Uses Alexa To Find Out Her Birthday Presents

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Mum Mortified After Daughter, 8, Uses Alexa To Find Out Her Birthday Presents

Kids really are getting too tech savvy for their own good these days. Case in point, a rather crafty school-girl who managed to find out her birthday presents in advance of the special day by asking the Amazon Alexa.

So obvious, and yet so genius.

Yep, mum Kirsty Florian warned her pals that kids "know what they're doing more than you think" after her eight-year-old daughter Bella hilariously managed to work out her secret prezzie stash by enquiring with the tool.

The 32-year-old was stopped in her tracks when she found out her daughter somehow knew she had been gifted a starry night light projector, a Rubix cube and some earrings.

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Kirsty had got her daughter a load of goodies (Credit: Amazon Alexa)
Kirsty had got her daughter a load of goodies (Credit: Amazon Alexa)

She'd found out after her Alexa - which was connected to all the other Amazon devices in the house - flashed up with a notification saying that the gifts were due to arrive that day.

Unassuming Bella enquired with Alexa about the notifications, but when she realised it started reeling out her birthday presents, she didn't tell it to stop...

Mum-of-one Kirsty first tried to play dumb, but soon realised she had been outwitted by little Bella, who had a better knowledge of how to use Alexa than her.

Laughing at the hilarious blunder, Kirsty, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, said: "Alexa stitched me up. Bella isn't daft. She's quite clever and I was mortified. I couldn't believe what had happened.

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"It was like she innocently teamed up with Alexa in a way. I don't think she knew the notifications were going to be [for] her birthday presents, but once she heard it was the Rubix cube and stuff she'd asked for, she wasn't going to stop because she knew it was for her.

The Amazon Alexa lit up blue alerting Bella of the post on its way (Credit: PA)
The Amazon Alexa lit up blue alerting Bella of the post on its way (Credit: PA)

"I said 'you could have told it to stop' and she just said 'oh, I didn't think'. I thought 'I bet you didn't'. I wasn't having that.

"Usually, I can hear her yapping to it, asking loads of questions. She could have been storing that for days before telling me.

"I've learnt my lesson now."

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The generous mum has now forked out for another present for her daughter, so she still gets a surprise.

"Parents, make sure you turn off your notifications when you're ordering presents. [Kids] know what they're doing more than you think," she added.

After posting on Facebook to warn other parents and hopefully saved the birthday surprises of thousands of children, Kirsty discovered she had somehow missed the instructions manual, as users told her to turn off her notifications.

Naughty Bella let the Alexa list off all her presents (Credit: Kennedy News & Media)
Naughty Bella let the Alexa list off all her presents (Credit: Kennedy News & Media)
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Kirsty said: "I wrote a post on Facebook and people were saying 'you can turn the notifications off'. I didn't have a clue".

Amazon confirmed customers can change notifications in the Alexa app, including choosing to opt out of being notified of 'items in [their] shopping basket marked as gifts, or those that might be gifts during major holidays'.

There's an easy fix for next time, then, mums! Don't get caught out like Kirsty!

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News & Media

Topics: Life News, Shopping, Life, Amazon

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