July 15th, 2009

FWOOSH!

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Manchester, NH (AP) — A New Hampshire man says he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars. Josh Muszynski checked his account online a few hours later and saw the 17-digit number – a stunning $23,148,855,308,184,500 (twenty-three quadrillion, one hundred forty-eight trillion, eight hundred fifty-five billion, three hundred eight million, one hundred eighty-four thousand, five hundred dollars).

Wow. Cigarettes have really have gotten expensive. I'll bet Q is glad she gave them up five years ago.

Muszynski says he spent two hours on the phone with Bank of America trying to sort out the string of numbers and the $15 overdraft fee.

*snerk* I am amused that the bank let this charge go through without any sort of error checking, and just gave the guy an automatic overdraft fee.

The bank corrected the error the next day.

Well yeah, after the guy complained.

Bank of America tells WMUR-TV only the card issuer, Visa, could answer questions. Visa, in turn, referred questions to the bank.

EDIT: It just occurred to me... If that's the price of a pack of cigarettes, how much does a carton go for?