Josh Muszynski, from New Hampshire, USA, went to a local Mobil gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes costing a few bucks. The cashier swiped his VISA debit card, issued by Bank of America, and returned it to him.
Several hours later, Josh checked balance in his Bank of America account on line. He was thoroughly shocked and flabbergasted to see that is account was in negative by US$ 23 QadraTrillion (23 multiplied by 10^15) plus US$ 15 overdraft fee. To save money, Josh is staying in an apartment and wants to buy a house. His first reaction was that someone has misused his card. He later realized that it was a lot of money and would not be able to repay it ever even if his children and grandchildren helped. He said jokingly that someone must have bought Europe on my debit card.
Josh ran to the gas station but the cashier could not help him at all. He then telephoned Bank of America. Even after spending two hours on phone, the bank representative could not even understand what was happening and where from this mysterious debt has appeared in Josh’s account.
It took the bank 24 hours to fix the matter and correct the balance in Josh’s account. They were merciful to reverse the overdraft charges of US $15 also.
“It was back to normal, which was nice”, was all that Josh said.
17 July 2009