Thursday, July 18, 2013
PayPal credits man $92 quadrillion accidentally
CNN reports that Paypal credited Chris Reynolds with $92,233,720,368,547,800 accidentally. That's $92 QUADRILLION huge huge amount of money.
Chris Reynolds is a Pennsylvania PR executive and sells auto parts on eBay in his spare time. It would have made him the richest man in the world by a long shot. More than a million times richer than Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim. And he's worth $67 billion.
"It's a curious thing. I don't know, maybe someone was having fun," Reynolds said.
So he logged online, and reality bit back. His account balance read $0. The correct amount.
PayPal admitted the error and offered to donate an unspecified amount of money to a cause of Reynolds' choice.
"This is obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr. Reynolds understood this was the case," PayPal said in a statement.
Before this incident, the most Reynolds ever made on PayPal was "a little over $1,000" selling a set of vintage BMW tires on eBay.
So what would the would-be quadrillionaire have done with all that cash?
"I probably would have paid down the national debt," he said.