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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    spaceman spiff, 3 Mar 2009 @ 7:37am

    How to generate a profit

    Gee. If the chargee could have just kept PP arguing a while longer (a couple of weeks, maybe) so they could keep this debt on their books, the $81B asset value would have pushed their (on paper) profits up to where their stock price would have ballooned and someone (he who was charged the $81B perhaps) could make a fortune by shorting the stock in anticipation of its eventual fall when the charges finally got reversed... :-)

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