Michigan boy orders $1,500 worth of Grubhub food to go on his dad’s phone

A boy with a penchant for chili fries and pepperoni pizza gets in big trouble after he uses his dad’s phone to order $1,500 of his favorite meals.

Six-year-old Mason Stonehouse of Chesterfield, Michigan, ordered enough food to feed a Super Bowl party when he was supposed to be using an educational app on his father’s phone just before bedtime on Saturday.

Mason picked his favorite meals from his family’s favorite restaurants, putting in five orders of jumbo shrimp, 12 orders of chili fries, $400 of pepperoni pizza and 16 scoops of ice cream, his dad, Keith Stonehouse, told USA TODAY.

Stonehouse said Mason’s mischief happened one night a month when his mother, Kristin, was hanging out with the girls. Stonehouse was putting Mason to bed when headlights flooded her boy’s bedroom and the doorbell rang.

Stonehouse opened the front door to find a giant bag of takeout. Thinking that Kristin had ordered the treats for her and her friends to eat when they got home, Stonehouse didn’t give it much thought.

“All of a sudden, ding dong,” Stonehouse said. “And I see more lights coming into the house and it’s another giant bag of food. I take it into the kitchen, then ding dong. … And it just keeps going, and cars are coming while more are coming out. “

That’s when he hit Stonehouse. Mason was using his phone just before going to bed. He tracked down the device and saw a flood of notifications telling him that his food was being prepared, on its way, or had been delivered. There was a fraud notification on the $400 pizza order.

“Are the pepperoni pizzas here already?” »

Stonehouse said he started yelling at his son when Mason stopped him.

A snapshot of some of the orders Mason Stonehouse placed at Grubhub using his father's phone.

“He puts his hands up and says very simply, ‘Dad, dad, dad. A question,'” Stonehouse said. “I said what?’ He said, ‘Are the pepperoni pizzas here yet?'”

In all, Mason had ordered $1,500 worth of food, of which about $1,000 arrived due to fraudulent holds on Stonehouse’s card. Because Kristin Stonehouse runs a bakery outside the home, the family has four refrigerators capable of hosting the feast.

Mason also tipped drivers 25% on a night when temperatures dropped to 6 degrees, Stonehouse said.

As punishment, Mason was not allowed to eat food and has no phone privileges. His parents also taught him a lesson by making him pay for a fraction of the damage with money from his piggy bank.

‘Grubhub Boy’

It’s not all bad news for Mason, though. Grubhub’s COO and marketing manager contacted the family and gave them a $1,000 gift card.

A handful of the mountains of food that Jack Stonehouse ordered from Grubhub using his father's phone.

The family has also done dozens of interviews, including with “Good Morning America” ​​and “Today.”

Stonehouse said they were trying to keep Mason away from some hype, but he had already become a celebrity at school.

“Everyone at school calls him Grubhub Boy,” he said. “And now he’s watching on our TV — he can use the voice on the remote — ‘Grubhub Boy’ and it comes up on every YouTube thing and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, here we go.

“It’s the twilight zone.”

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