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03/03/2009 04:14 AM ID: 77372 Permalink   

12 Gallons of Gas? That'll be $81,400,836,908


When Juan Zamora of Richland, Washington put in $26 worth of gas into his 1994 Chevy Camero, he was expecting to pay for just that--$26. Later that afternoon, Mr. Zamora received an email from PayPal, the company he charged the purchase on.

The total that maxed out his debit card? $81,400,836,908. Mr. Zamora immediately contacted the company, only to be first approached with doubt.

“'omebody from a foreign country who spoke in broken English argued with me for 10 to 15 minutes,” Zamora said... "Like I had to prove that I didn’t pump $81,400,836,908 in gas!'”
It is unclear how this mistake has been made.

    WebReporter: polkaspotted Show Calling Card    
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  I knew gas was going up again  
but seriously? 89 billion? bah I'm gonna trade my car in for a bus pass now.
  by: TemptationFalls   03/03/2009 04:23 AM     
ok what did the guy on the other end of the line think was happeneing? Did he think he was pumping enough fuel to blow up the moon, or that he was chooing to pay in zimbabwe dollers? :P
  by: ssxxxssssss   03/03/2009 04:43 AM     
  Wait around till the "stimulus billshit"  
makes its full affect and this number won't seem so out of line.

  by: bbeljefe     03/03/2009 05:08 AM     
I wonder what names they are going to have to come up with when we're *all* billionaires?
  by: vash_the_stampede     03/03/2009 05:14 AM     
My question being for this entire situation is why didn't anyone at PayPal call this man about the situation? They send an automatic-generated email about maxing out the card but no one calls him as to an 81 billion dollar charge? Some good customer service there.
  by: ronny_cordova   03/03/2009 05:19 AM     
LMAO.. that's the problem with PayPal. There IS no good customer service there, period. I can't tell you the number of times I've had my account frozen with them for random reasons and having to go way out of my way to get it restored (faxing dozens of documents, hour-long talks with unsympathetic CSRs, etc.)

What this guy dealt with many have already dealt with, albeit it not on this massive scale. A real credit card would have never let it go through, and even if it did would have taken 2 minutes to fix it. With PayPal, it took a quarter of a hour.
  by: vash_the_stampede     03/03/2009 05:27 AM     
  lmao, Paypal?  
im surprised they didnt reject the charge, lock and suspend his account, seize his money and demand tons of personal info from ss#, bank statements, electric bills, credit card bills, 3 forms of Ids, you name it.
  by: cray0la     03/03/2009 05:30 AM     
Are the emails from Nigera now going to be about PayPal and a mistake in balance transfers. Oh boy.
  by: jOnO_oRiGiNaL     03/03/2009 05:35 AM     
Gas tank on his vehicle to hold that much!

Mine only holds about $50 CAD
  by: fuzz64   03/03/2009 06:21 AM     
Vash: It's simple.. The rich will be Gazillionaires, the middle class will be Bazillionaires and the poor will be Obamallionaires.

Jono: I like you and all, but since you have given a new idea to the 419 scammers, you must now be cursed!

May your email box be forever filled with the promises of Gazillions of dollars! But, you will have to send us a wire transfer of only three Obamallion to secure the transaction. Please respond soon as any delay could jeopardize the safety of my family.

Sincerely yours,
Ofmahrakr Jerquad Ahsol

  by: bbeljefe     03/03/2009 06:41 AM     
It sounds like something out of Futurama.. except without all the robots.
  by: vash_the_stampede     03/03/2009 06:48 AM     
Funny, I've never had a problem with PayPal. Then again, I've never tried to buy this with it, so who knows:
  by: ben_reilly     03/03/2009 07:09 AM     
The fact that you not only could reference that in a relatively short amount of time but also had a link for it leads me to believe otherwise...............................

So THAT'S why you're so anti-GOP. Wanna keep it all to yourself...
  by: polkaspotted   03/03/2009 07:40 AM     

Read the horror stories and be careful. PayPal is a useful tool but it will end up burning you eventually, and when they start - for whatever reason - it's rarely just a one-time occurrence. I’ve had to fax my ID, my electric and water bills (proving my residence), I’ve had to fax over months worth of proof of delivery statements to them. All on my own dime. In fact I bought a fax machine *just* so I could save money on faxes (it was FAR). I’d say I’ve faxed around 65-70 total things to PayPal over the years.

I gave up selling on eBay primarily because of PayPal. With them *requiring* you to accept/use PayPal now, it’s just too big of a risk on a lot of the items I sell. I mean once you’ve been burned selling a high-end item only to have the buyer scam you then eBay/PayPal do a fund reversal is bad enough. But then for them to go out of their way to freeze your account (which I’ve had happen multiple times and once they ‘closed’ my account for over 180 days and would not relinquish my money until half a damn year had passed).

I learned, and very quickly I might add, to never keep more than a few hundred in there at any given time now because of their random freezes of my account. I mean I wasn’t selling anything out of the ordinary, never have. The occasional high-end electronic like a playstation 3 or a mac computer but mainly doodads and knickknacks I picked up at garage sales and thrift stores.

I remember a time when I kept thousands in my paypal account and exclusively used their debit card. I was grandfathered in at the original cashback rate, so I got 1.5% cashback on every purchase. And when their money market was doing great I was making a few extra bucks off of the interest. That lasted until they froze my account for the second time and withheld any interest on the money that I had in my account. Now, I keep at most a few hundred – usually not even that.

  by: vash_the_stampede     03/03/2009 11:30 AM     
The fact that you not only could reference that in a relatively short amount of time but also had a link for it leads me to believe otherwise...............................

I Salute You Sir.
  by: VermiciousG     03/03/2009 02:31 PM     
they have to jump start the economy some how... take one for the team.
  by: rogeratvfan   03/03/2009 05:05 PM     
you better b glad you do not want a qt of oil with that.......
  by: meltinminds   03/03/2009 08:31 PM     
  The enemy's gate is down.  
If you can rack up an $81 billion bill and only get an email.... get that flight to a non-extradition country ready.
  by: promontorium   03/04/2009 03:49 AM     
  I remember pissing off PayPal bad...  
I sold a whole heap of items on ebay, on each of the sold items i wrote that nothing would be shipped until the item had been payed for, with money in my bank account.
Well one particular person got the shits and called me harassing me, for which i explained the money has not hit my bank account so i would not be sending the goods, the guy was a complete dick head about it so i called him a dick head, two seconds later pay pal calls me and tells me they were listening on conversation and demanding to know why i hadn't shipped the items. The conversation went along the lines of this...
PAYPAL: This person transfered the money to your PayPal account on friday.
Me: Yes and i said i would not ship the items until money had hit my bank account
PayPal: Why is this?
Me: Because i don't trust yous
PayPal: You can not do this
Me: Yes I Can & Have
PayPal: If you do not ship the items immediately bla bla Some Threat bla bla
Me: I Don't Care, i noted the rules on the sale if someone chooses to use PayPal they can suffer the disadvantage of having to wait until the money is physically in my bank account, why should i be disadvantaged.
PayPal: You swore at the buyer
Me: Yes he was a dick head so i called him one
PayPal: It is Tuesday and you still haven't Sent the items
Me: I transfered the money from pay pal the same day i received it, if this is how long it takes for the money to transfer from PayPal to my bank account then it is your problem.
PayPal: You must send the items immediately.
Me: How about ... f*** off
Hang Up

I really really pissed off paypal, the conversation transcript doesn't do it justice this bitch was really angry really really angry.
Point being if i sold an item and had no money in my bank account how could i be expected to send an item when the money is sitting in paypal limbo? Am i supposed to rob someone to get the money for shipping, no i wait until i have the money they customer promised.
  by: shiftyfarker   03/04/2009 04:57 AM     
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