Ha! Have you heard about the dude who received his monthly email statement from PayPal and saw a balance of $92,233,720,368,547,800 staring back at him? Yes, PayPal made him a quadrillionaire overnight -- something most of us probably never knew even existed. (I thought billionaires were living the life. Guess I was wrong.)
Since Chris Reynolds only uses PayPal to buy and sell items on eBay, you can only imagine his shock upon seeing the hefty sum deposited into his account.
Unfortunately, somebody at PayPal figured out the mistake, and the next time he checked his balance, it was back down to $0.
Can you even imagine if they somehow hadn't caught the glitch? I guess with a sum of money that big, Chris would've had to alert them of the problem. But it sure would be tempting to take all that cash and disappear to a deserted island and never return. (Not that I'd ever do anything like that.)
But as funny as this story is, it does serve as an important reminder that we can't always trust banks and other companies to get our bills and finances right every time, so we have to be diligent about checking them and paying close attention to our balances.
I won't lie -- I can't even remember the last time I really went over a credit card or utility bill before simply writing a check and putting it in the mail. I guess I just don't have the extra time to go over each and every transaction -- but what if some sort of mistake is present on the bill, and it's not in my favor?
I'd hate to wind up paying a whole lot more for something than I have to simply because I couldn't take a few extra minutes to study the bill in its entirety. Yeah, guess I'll have to be better about that from here on out.
And with any luck, maybe if we all start paying more attention to our bills, we'll wind up hitting some sort of false jackpot too -- which will be cool and exciting for at least a good five minutes or so.
Do you go over every single bill thoroughly?
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