Paypal Charges $81 Billion To Fill Your Gas Tank... Demands Proof It Didn't Cost That Much

from the maybe-last-summer...-but-not-now... dept

Gas prices have gone down quite a bit since highs last summer, but it still shouldn't take long for anyone to realize that charging someone $81.4 billion (with a b) to fill your gas tank is a mistake. Yet, that's what happened to Juan Zamora when he put what he thought was $26 worth of gas into his car using a PayPal debit card. And then the best part: PayPal customer service people weren't ready to believe him, arguing with him for at least 10 minutes, before realizing that, perhaps, there was a mistake on PayPal's part.

Filed Under: gas, mistakes
Companies: paypal


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    TW Burger, 2 Mar 2009 @ 3:41pm

    Third World User Support

    Obviously the user support people did not understand the rate of exchange. Someone mentioned the support was probably in India and the person was thinking in Rupees (which are worth between 50 and 60 Rupees to the US dollar). This still would not explain the lack of understanding by the service person.

    Maybe math skills should be added to the to the hiring criteria in addition to language skills and people skills.

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