PayPal goof makes man overnight quadrillionaire
A computer error from the online payment website temporarily turns Chris Reynolds into the wealthiest person in the world.
Chris Reynolds, a PR executive who also likes to sell car parts on eBay (EBAY), checked an email displaying his PayPal balance for June and was shocked by what he saw. According to the company, he had $92,233,720,368,547,800 in his account, CNN reports.
He was an overnight quadrillionaire -- and by far the wealthiest person in the world. In fact, he could have bought all of eBay at that point.
Reynolds decided to log in to PayPal to investigate, only to discover that PayPal had corrected the error and brought his balance down to a big fat zero. Which is what it should have been all along.
PayPal decided to donate an unspecified amount of money to a charity of Reynolds' choice to make up for the error, CNN reports.
It's America's loss, because Reynolds would have saved our skin with that money, given the chance. "I probably would have paid down the national debt," he told CNN.
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Well, they're running up the debt with money printed out of thin air, why not pay it back with the same kind.
Yeah, I know, it doesn't work like that. I only wish the politicians understood that.
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