PAYPAL ERROR MAKES MAN RICHEST PERSON ON THE PLANET – More than a few of us dream of hitting the big time and making sufficient money to live in the ultimate lap of luxury and for a short time one man’s dream came unexpectedly true.
PayPal customer, Chris Reynolds, 56, who runs a small company in Delaware County, decided to check his PayPal balance and to his astonishment the balance was a whopping $92,233,770,368,547,800.00 making him an instant quadrillionaire.
While Chris pondered the benefits he realized this was an obvious mistake and being the richest man on the planet was unlikely to last once PayPal got wind of the mistake.
Chris has been a loyal customer for over 10 years but generally only has a small balance that never reaches above $100 and is used to buy and sell vintage car parts from ebay.
It wasn’t long before PayPal spotted its error and Chris noticed that the next time he logged in his account balance stood at a very disappointing $0.00.
Chris reported to the Philadelphia Daily News of the events and said that if it had been real he could have easily of paid off the U.S debt leaving America and its citizens in a rather more comfortable position.
Whilst that was a wonderful gesture, I wonder how long it would have taken the U.S Government to spend it and place the American’s right back to square one; it’s wonderful spending other people’s money and there are none so better at it than a Government.
Chris, like most people who struggle by from day to day, had visions of how else he would spend the money and one way would have been to buy the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team.
The Philadelphia Daily News contacted PayPal for a comment but a spokesman at the company said that PayPal could not discuss customer account information for security and privacy reasons.
So Chris became the richest man on the planet one minute and became broke the next. Surely this has to go down in the history books for the biggest financial blunders ever and how to go from rags to riches and back again in the shortest time.
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