Woman Receives $15 Quadrillion Dollar Cell Phone Bill
And you thought it was hard getting out of your last cell phone contract...
Solenne San Jose (above) of Pessac, France dumped her cell contract last month with Telecom Bouygues before the agreed-upon time period ran out, and was warned that she'd have to pay a termination fee. When San Jose asked over the phone how hard her pocketbook would be hit for breaking it off early, she was told the final amount would be reflected in her next bill.
And oh, what a bill it was.
According to the French publication Sud Ouest, when San Jose opened the bill from Bouygues, she was shocked to find that her bank account was soon to be automatically charged in Euros € 11,721,000,000,000,000 (roughly 15 quadrillion U.S. dollars) for the early service cancellation. The biggest bill in history.
Despite a number of frantic phone calls to the company, Telecom Bouygues refused to admit to an error on the bill, or even to stop the pending charge to her bank account. After repeated calls at an additional cost of € 12.50, Bouygues finally acquiesced, admitting that there was a printing error, and adjusted the charge to € 117. This after telling San Jose twice that Bouygues was willing to offer a payment plan for the original, enormous sum if needed.
I kind of wish San Jose hadn't called, and instead invested in some overdraft protection before the bill came due. I gotta say it would've been interesting to see the Telecom attempt to overdraw San Jose's bank account the equivalent of 5,872 times the entire nation's annual GDP, and to have watched the banking system reel under the pressure of trying to cover the overdraft. It would've left quite a bit of quiche on Telecom Bouygues' face.
Image courtesy Sud Ouest.