Skip to comments.PayPal glitch temporarily makes quadrillionaire out of Pennsylvania man
Posted on 07/17/2013 5:21:31 PM PDT by lowbridge
PayPal mistakenly credited a Pennsylvania man with more than $92 quadrillion Friday momentarily making him the world's richest person.
"It's a number you don't see written out very often, even in national finance circles," Chris Reynolds, 56, told the Daily News. "My thought was a) it's a mistake and b) it's a BIG mistake. It was more funny than elating."
After receiving an email notification, Reynolds of Media, Pa., logged onto his PayPal account to find that the online-money transfer had been annulled, lowering his balance from $92,233,720,368,547,800 to $0.
A friend suggested that he post the original PDF showing the false payday to Facebook. He thought perhaps the image would get a few "likes."
"The tone of the Facebook post turned into 'Hey, remember me?'" Reynolds said.
Facebook friends he had not spoken to in years from across the globe came out of the woodwork. Reynolds started receiving messages from old acquaintance who learned he had not actually hit the big time.
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The IRS will hound him till the end of his life, looking a their piece of the quadrillions of dollars he had for a few brief minutes.
The bad news is that he still has to pay taxes on it.
If every ordinary bank in America conducted business like Paypal does, the total prison sentences would be about a quadrillion years.