Visa card surprise: $23,148,855,308,184,500

By | July 16, 2009

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Some Visa cardholders were surprised to find that recent purchases cost them a little more than expected — $23 quadrillion, plus change.

In New Hampshire, Josh Muszynski said he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and when he later checked his account online found that he had been charged the 17-digit number — a stunning $23,148,855,308,184,500.

In North Texas, Jon Seale saw the same 17-figure bill on his credit card statement, presumably for a meal July 13 at a restaurant owned by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, NBC affiliate KXAS TV reported.

“For that amount of money, I could actually own Wolfgang Puck himself,” Seale said.

Seale said he spent much of Tuesday making calls to Visa and his bank, Wachovia, in hopes of getting the exorbitant charge removed from his Wachovia Visa Buxx credit card. “It’s an inconvenience, but it’s not like I was truly worried my money was gone,” he said. “It’s an obvious, glaring error.”

via Visa card surprise: $23,148,855,308,184,500 – Weird news- msnbc.com.

Image: one quadrillion pennies.

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