Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Oopsie...

Heard about this on the radio this morning on the drive in. Worth a chuckle...

Asleep on the Job: Banker’s Million Dollar Mistake
A German bank employee accidentally transferred 222,222,222.222 euros ($295 million) from a customer's account when he fell asleep at his computer.
The bank clerk had been attempting to transfer just 62.40 euros ($82.80) for the customer, a pensioner, when he dozed off with a finger on his keyboard's "2" key.
The manager who was supposed to be overseeing these transactions was fired - note to Massachusetts crime labs... - but had appealed the firing and won her appeal. There's no word on whether the clerk who fell asleep at his computer was fired or not. The mistake was caught and corrected before the customer knew about it, so really there's no harm, no foul. I'm guessing that whoever was in charge of receiving the transfer saw the incoming transmission and balked...

In the hall of "Great Screw-ups At Work", this has got to at least crack the top ten. I mean, it's not as bad as Custer ("Where'd all those indians come from?") or the captain on the Titanic ("Where'd that iceberg come from?"), but transfering nearly 300 million dollars instead of $80 should count for something. I remember once, a million years ago when I worked for the local grocery store, a customer purchased one of the videos we had for sale. Instead of being coded for $19.95, it rang up as $19,995. You should have seen the look on the poor woman's face when she was presented with a total of > $20K for groceries...

I never fell asleep at the keyboard, thoopjweri[ahpipyooooooooooodmhklxcv,

That is all.

3 comments:

DaddyBear said...

In my home, it would have been a cat walking across and sitting upon the keyboard.

Sigivald said...

George "We won't need those Gatlings" Custer.

ASM826 said...

Or the Japanese High Command, "Hey let's surprise them at Pearl Harbor and they'll surrender, i just know it."

Or the American public after 9/11, "Hey, let's give the government absolute power, that always works best."