The Daily Habit: Weird News

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I Charge a Pack of Smokes and You Bill Me $23 Quadrillion Bucks?-  MANCHESTER, N.H. – With so many innovations in technology today, one would think that the world is an easy place where everything is perfect.  Robots are designed so sublimely that they can come into a manufacturing setting and do the jobs of 10 people without ever being turned off.  The downside is that 10 good people end up getting hooked on booze or crystal meth after getting laid off and replaced by a pile of nuts and bolts.  Medical machinery has saved the lives of thousands of people and in the most extreme situations have helped transplant hearts and livers for those in need.  Too bad they can’t make that damn iron lung any smaller, then they could ship to China and make it in cheap plastic.  Neither case is that bad though.  Some poor schmuck from New Hampshire debited a pack of cigarettes at a rural gas station and got billed a quadrillion dollars, then the bank busted his chops for their screw up.

A New Hampshire man swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of smokes and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars because the credit card  machine was a total piece of junk.  The guy checked his account online a few hours later and saw the 17-digit number$23,148,855,308,184,500 (twenty-three quadrillion, one hundred forty-eight trillion, eight hundred fifty-five billion, three hundred eight million, one hundred eighty-four thousand, five hundred dollars), then soiled his boxers, even though he couldn’t read or comprehend the magnitude of the number (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/NH-man-charged-23-quadrillion-apf-328134984.html?x=0&.v=1).

After changing his pants he spent three hours on the phone with those assholes at Bank of America trying to sort out their screw up on the smokes and the freaking $15 overdraft fee he was hit with.  After some bitching and major threats to blow the place up the bank finally corrected the error the next day.  Bank of America says only the card issuer, Visa, could answer friggin questions and Visa, in turn, said to bother the bank with friggin questions.  Typical retort from the blood-sucking pricks who ran America’s banking system into the ground, then blew the bailout money on hookers and blow.  Maybe they should take some of that money and buy some new freaking credit card machines because the old ones totally suck.

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~ by the115 on 07/15/2009.

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