Smokes cost US$23 quadrillion in debit card mix-up
New Hampshire resident Josh Muszynski was charged a little over the odds after a trip to his local servo to pick up some cigarettes.
A few hours after making the purchase on his debit card, Mr Muszynski logged into his account online only to encounter a minus figure 17 digits long.
Due to a mix up in processing the debit card payment, he was charged $US23,148,855,308,184,500 (around $29 quadrillion) for the smokes, and was promptly landed with a processing charge because he did not have enough money to service the transaction.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the error was corrected the next day, leaving the young man a few hours to appreciate his temporary position as the most indebted person in the world.
By way of comparison, total Australian public debt was around $121 billion in 2007.
It appears neither Bank of America nor Visa was inclined to admit responsibility for the error, with both directing enquiries back at one another.
This article brought to you by Mozo – helping you compare debit cards