Via Huffington Post, we get the following bit of banking absurdity:
A New Hampshire man says he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars.
Josh Muszynski (Moo-SIN’-ski) checked his account online a few hours later and saw the 17-digit number – a stunning $23,148,855,308,184,500 (twenty-three quadrillion, one hundred forty-eight trillion, eight hundred fifty-five billion, three hundred eight million, one hundred eighty-four thousand, five hundred dollars).
Muszynski says he spent two hours on the phone with Bank of America trying to sort out the string of numbers and the $15 overdraft fee.
Two immediate interpretations come to mind:
- Americans really have racked up a shocking amount of personal debt.
- The taxes on cigarettes have gone ridiculously high.
Feel free to suggest other interpretations in the comments.
I especially like the fact that he was on the phone with the bank for two hours about this. I can just hear the service representative: “Sir, are you certain that you haven’t written any 23 quadrillion dollar checks this week?”
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