A Phone Company Once Offered Someone With An $11,721,000,000,000,000 Bill An Instalment Plan


Being overcharged is terrible, not only do you have to lovingly stroke your bank balance to reassure it that it will be turned into beer vouchers soon and that the numbers are just a mistake, but you also have to jump through a bunch of hoops to convince whomever it is that’s billing you that, no you didn’t spend $400 on sandwiches.

The hardest conversations are always the tastiest.

The hardest conversations are always the tastiest.

So imagine the horror of the French lady who got a phone bill in the mail for 11,721,000,000,000,000 Euros. In case you’re wondering, that’s 5000 times the annual GDP of the entire nation of France itself and yes, it was a mistake. No one could use their phone that much, even if they had eight heads, or two really needy girlfriends. But here’s the kicker, when the terrified lady rang up her phone company begging them to not withdraw the money from her account and give her a negative credit rating forever. Rather than realising the mistake straight away and not be huge assholes about the whole deal, they asked her if she wanted to pay in instalments. Let that be a lesson to you. Even if you’re overcharged more money than currently exists on Earth, there’s always going to be one person out there who thinks you can afford it.


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