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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    David, 2 Mar 2009 @ 3:52pm

    Trouble at phone company

    I had just moved into a new apartment and a few days later got a call at work from my brother saying he could not reach me at home because my phone had been disconnected. (Pre cell phone days)

    I had only moved in a few weeks before and had not even got my first bill. I called the phone company and they said that my account was past due about 1/2 of my deposit. When I told him that could not be, since I had no bill, he looked it up and confirmed that the previous owner had not paid and they transferred the amount to me.

    He cleared that up but then said that there would be a re-activation fee!!! Why??? Because my account was past due!!! Catch 22 here. After going up supervisor's 2-3 times I finally got a very irate woman saying that she would wave the fee this time, but they were flagging my account (would it be on my permanent record too???) and if I ever let this happen again, I would owe the new reconnect, plus the current one.

    I said I would be happy to pay for it in the future if she could tell me how I was supposed to keep them from making mistakes. She hung up on me.

    Now that is service!

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