PayPal gives bloke $92 quadrillion by accident

18 July 2013

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PayPal made a boob, giving one fella $92quadrillion by accident. That's $92,000,000,000,000,000. That's a terrifying amount of money.

That amount of money was doled out to Christopher Reynolds, instantly making him more wealthy than Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg and Larry Page combined. That's so much money, he could've swimmed in coins like he was Scrooge McDuck.

However, PayPal soon rectified the error and Reynolds went from being dizzyingly wealthy, and back to being a run-of-the-mill PR executive again.

Speaking to CNN, Mr Reynolds said: "It’s a curious thing; I don’t know maybe someone was having fun."

PayPal admitted: "This is obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr Reynolds understood that this was the case."

If he'd spotted it sooner, he could've bought a gigantic laser gun and held the world to ransom, or paid off the world's debt. Sadly, it wasn't to be.

TOPICS:   Cool Stuff   Banking

11 comments

  • Me
    ALL WELL AND GOOD BUT THEY'D PROBABLY HAVE FROZEN HIS ACCOUNT FOR 6 MONTHS FOR HAVING HIS LACES UNDONE.
  • whasitoya
    Imagine the interest earned in that one night!
  • Celebrity S.
    "he could’ve swimmed in coins like he was Scrooge McDuck".? Better change it to swam ...before Grammar Nazi spies it .
  • fibbingarchie
    Couple of points: There aren't assets in existance today with a value marked to market of £92 quadrillion. So for Paypal to be able to have given that amount to someone, they would have to borrow it (banks could theoretically create this loan through the current Fractional Reserve Banking fraud /fiction we all suffer from today). And so he would only be able to cancel out the £92 quad of debt that was generated to give to him, therefore leaving the debt, that existed before he was given the extra debt, completely in place... oh, plus the interest on for however long the £92 quad was outstanding. You don't need to be that rich to be able to swim in coins. I calculate that it would take a mere £50K in 2 pence pieces to fill a small swimming pool enough to swim in.
  • fibbingarchie
    Yes I'm bored.
  • Who c.
    @ fibbingarchie Really you toke time to write all that who cares?
  • jim
    just goes to show that paypal really are a bunch of useless cunts
  • james
    what would happen if he clicked withdraw?
  • Big M.
    'You don’t need to be that rich to be able to swim in coins. I calculate that it would take a mere £50K in 2 pence pieces to fill a small swimming pool enough to swim in'. Show your workings please.
  • Dick
    He should have bought paypal and given everyone bonuses if they promised not to rectify the error.
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