$23 Quadrillion Restaurant Bill

A meal at Wolfgang Puck restaurant can be pricey, but $23 quadrillion? That's what Jon Seale got charged on his Visa. And to make matters worse, he got charged an overdraft fee!

In New Hampshire, Josh Muszynski said he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and when he later checked his account online found that he had been charged the 17-digit number — a stunning $23,148,855,308,184,500.

In North Texas, Jon Seale saw the same 17-figure bill on his credit card statement, presumably for a meal July 13 at a restaurant owned by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, NBC affiliate KXAS TV reported.

"For that amount of money, I could actually own Wolfgang Puck himself," Seale said.


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There's an explanation over at /. ( http://it.slashdot.org/story/09/07/15/2050215/Software-Glitch-Leads-To-23148855308184500-Visa-Charges ). Apparently, space characters ' ' were used to align a value, and the computer read them as a number.
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How could such a number even make it though as a transaction. That has to be most if not more than all the money in the world right now. If he had that much money we would be a completely debt free society even world.
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