Let’s face it — we’ve all made some regrettable purchases in our lives, gadgets and accessories often bought on a whim or during a minor lapse in judgement. One time, I thought a $20 planning app would make me a productive member of society (it didn’t). I also thought buying a first generation Microsoft Zune would be a savvier and cooler acquisition than an iPod. For ex-Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, impulse buying cost him £10,000, or well over $15,000, on iPad apps alone.
Lydon, who’s no stranger to poor investments, explained the spending spree in an interview with The Telegraph, saying, “I wasted – you’re the first to know this – 10,000 f‑‑‑‑‑‑ pounds in the last two years on apps on my iPad. I got into Game of Thrones, Game of War, Real Racing, and I just wanted to up the ante.”
He added, “And like an idiot I didn’t check myself. I’ve been checked now. But there’s a kid in me, see? A bit of my childhood was taken from me and I’m determined to bring it back.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, when asked whether or not he gets into debt, the punk icon replied, “Oh yeah! Oh my God, a lot. It’s like a yo-yo for me trying to balance the books.”
While Lydon’s iTunes bill is staggering, it’s no match for former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, who reportedly spends $1000 a week on mobile apps.
Below, watch a recent episode of South Park illustrating the dangers of freemium apps.