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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    BTR1701, 3 Mar 2009 @ 11:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Customer Service

    > is that even in those situations, the idiot
    > on the other end of the telephone is not
    > only NOT smart enough to tell you how to
    > plug the computer in, but cannot even
    > understand the question.

    No kidding. I called my ISP a few years back when their nntp servers went down and I couldn't access Usenet. When the CSR came on the line and asked what my problem was, I said, "My access to Usenet seems to be down." The CSR responded with, "What exactly do you mean by Usenet? I don't know what that means."

    At that point, I knew it was going to be a long night.

    I mean, please. You work for an Internet Service Provider's HELP DESK and you don't even know what Usenet is?

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