NH man charged 23 quadrillion dollars for smokes
MANCHESTER, N.H. — 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 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.
The bank corrected the error the next day.
Bank of America tells WMUR-TV only the card issuer, Visa, could answer questions. Visa, in turn, referred questions to the bank.
I bought my first cigarettes when I was 14 years old. They cost me 19 cents a pack. I bought a pack of Camels yesterday. It cost me $6.21. Between NObama, the biggest taxer and spender President we ever had, and Governor Lynch, the biggest taxer and spender Governor New Hampshire ever had, they are taxing us smokers to death!
When I saw the above article, I just had to assume that our esteemed Democrap politicians had really gone and done it this time. I do believe that if they thought they could get a way with it, they would try, maybe not to that extreme, but I'm sure they would love to see at least a doubling of the price. ASSHOLES!! They want to take my cigarettes, my booze, AND my guns away from me. ASSHOLES!!
Here's the link to the article. You might get a kick out of the responses people left.
Update July 17! Here's an update article with a little explanation and apology (sort of) from Visa.
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Visa said Wednesday that a "temporary
programming error" caused to a Manchester man and thousands of others across the
country to be charged quadrillions of dollars for small purchases.
Muszynski just wanted to buy a pack of cigarettes at a Mobil gas station, so he
was shocked to see a charge on his bank statement of more than $23 quadrillion.
"I thought my card had been compromised," Muszynski said. "I thought
somebody had bought Europe with my credit card. It was very concerning."
Because Muszynski didn't have that much in his account -- no one does,
as it's hundreds of times the gross domestic product of the world -- he was even
charged an overdraft fee. The charge and fee have since been removed, but
Muszynski took evidence of the astronomical number to the manager of the Mobil.
"The gentleman it happened to came in with his laptop and showed me that
number, and I couldn't believe it," said manager Debbie Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said she sells cigarettes for only $5 and change.
Customer Mike Johnson was so stunned when Muszynski showed the amount
that he paid for his gas and then forgot to actually pump it. He returned soon
"Yeah, it scared me that much," Johnson said. "You guys threw me
The amount is difficult for people to grasp. It's more than
2,000 times bigger than the national debt. For $23 quadrillion, someone could
buy the Mobil station 33 billion times. If it's sports and entertainment you're
after, you could buy 420 million Verizon Wireless Arenas.
And if your
dream is to buy every building in the city of Manchester, you could do it 2
million times for that amount of cash.
Muszynski said if he had that
much cash, he'd start by bailing out General Motors.
originally described the affected card as a debit card, Visa said debit cards
weren't affected. He was technically using a cash pay card, which was affected
by the glitch, along with prepaid cards.
Visa said the incident will
have no financial impact on cardholders' finances or credit. The company said it
regretted the inconvenience to customers and has taken steps to ensure it
doesn't happen again. It also noted that the Mobil gas station isn't responsible
in any way for the error.
Here's the link.