Wow! A Quadrillion-Dollar Credit Card Bill
North Texas man gets 17-digit surprise on his credit-card statement
By ELLEN GOLDBERG
Updated 1:49 PM CDT, Wed, Jul 15, 2009
Jon Seale's credit card statement had a $23 quadrillion surprise on it this month.
A North Texas man has a 17-figure credit card statement after a bank glitch resulted in an eye-popping charge.
Wow! A Quadrillion-Dollar Credit Card Bill This is what it looks like: $23,148,855,308,184,500.00.
Here’s how to say it: 23 quadrillion,148 trillion, 855 billion, 308 million, 184,000 and 500 dollars.
It's more than 2,000 times the national debt -- and, according to Jon Seale's online credit card statement, it’s what he spent July 13 at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
“For that amount of money, I could actually own Wolfgang Puck himself," Seale said.
Seale, a husband and father of five from Trophy Club, spent much of Tuesday making calls to Wachovia and Visa in hopes of getting the exorbitant charge removed from his Wachovia Visa Buxx credit card. Both companies told him they were working to resolve the issue.
“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.”
Seale even tried tracking down the celebrity chef himself.
“I tried to find Wolfgang Puck on Facebook and add him as a friend to see if he’d make a comment, but I didn’t have any luck finding him," Seale said.
Visa said the technical glitch that resulted in the giant charge only affected some customers with prepaid Visa cards.
"A temporary programming error at Visa Debit Processing Services caused some transactions to be inaccurately posted to a small number of Visa prepaid accounts," said Visa spokeswoman Elvira Swanson said in a written statement. "The technical glitch has been corrected, and all erroneous postings have been removed.”
Steale was not the only Visa Buxx cardholder to see the huge charge on his statement. A New Hampshire man found the $23 quadrillion charge after buying a pack of cigarettes at a gas station. A Visa representative said affected customers will also have the $20 overdraft fees removed.
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