Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Fag End Of The Day

Sounds Like A Matter Of Life And Debt

A US man bought a packet of cigarettes from his local petrol station - only to find his card charged $23 quadrillion. The exact amount was $23,148,855,308,184 - many times the US national debt. Rather than hold him to making the repayments, the bank agreed to correct the error.

FOOTNOTE: Smoke and mirrors.

11 comments:

Maggie May said...

Phew! What if they hadn't!

Mojo said...

Talk about "going up in smoke"!

Reminds me of the guy who returned a rental video to the store after Y2K to find out he had a few million in late charges pending. I don't think they held him to it.

Audrey said...

Ummm....which bank do I sign up with that will authorize purchases in the quadrillions? I am already visualizing all of my lovely new things!

And shame on that man for smoking ;)

Rebel Mother said...

Ha! Yes, I had heard ciggies were going up in price. x

Mariana Soffer said...

It would have been tragic it the guy paid and did not realize they where overcharging him

secret agent woman said...

Yes, although "fag end" would hav ean entirely different meaning to a U.S. man!

Pastor Sharon said...

That is totally freaky! Glad they took care of the error.

subtorp77 said...

Hmmm....I'm just thinking; given Zimbabwe's current rate of inflation, that sounds about right, wot?

Eddie Bluelights said...

Was his credit rating affected?

Willow said...

And according to our local newspaper, the credit card company said it was the bank's fault, and the bank said it was the credit card company's fault! Fingers pointing everywhere!

Shrinky said...

It's a costly business, this smoking lark (wonder if he was persuaded to give up, afterwards?).