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Woman Mistakenly Charged $23 Quadrillion For a Train Ticket

Minor bogus credit card charges are usually the fault of identity theft or a simple business mistake, but imagine how you'd react if you found a $23 quadrillion bill on your monthly statement!

An 18-year-old Johns Hopkins University student recently returned home from a trip and received her first overdraft email ever. She suspected identity theft, but was shocked to find a $23,148,855,308,184,500 charge on her statement from what she thought was a $10 train ticket purchase. Plus a $20 negative balance charge from Wachovia Bank, of course.

After she Googled how to pronounce the sum, a call to Visa reversed the charge. The company had suffered "a temporary programming error" during a system upgrade that resulted in some pretty wacky and inflated transactions. A spokesperson told the NYT, "No one was actually charged $23 quadrillion."

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