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    Did you think that your phone bill was high?

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      Did you think that your phone bill was high?

      BBC News - French phone bill waived after 12qn-euro blunder
      A woman in south-west France, who received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros, has had the real amount she owed waived - after the company admitted its mistake.

      Solenne San Jose, from Pessac outside Bordeaux, said she received a huge shock when she opened the bill for 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros (9.4qn).

      This is nearly 6,000 times France's annual economic output.

      She had requested her account be closed after losing her job last month.

      The former teaching assistant said she "almost had a heart attack. There were so many zeroes I couldn't even work out how much it was".

      The phone company, Bouygues Telecom, initially told her there was nothing they could do to amend the computer-generated statement and later offered to set up instalments to pay off the bill.

      In the end, the company admitted the bill should have been for 117.21 euros only, and eventually waived it altogether.

      It has also apologised for the gaffe, which it says was down to a printing error and a subsequent misunderstanding between the client and staff at their call centre.
      P.S. Perhaps if they hadn't agreed to wipe it out she and her descendants could have agreed to pay it back at a rate of 1 per month? I think it is possible that it may have been paid off by the time the Sun goes supernova, but I could be wrong.


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      Re: Did you think that your phone bill was high?

      lol, I think you would be pushing it even then, that would only be 5,000,000,000 years give or take so like 60,000,000,000 months xD

      Sounds like some corporate ass covering claiming a printing error too that might have been plausible was it a factor of 100 out but printers don't add extra characters maybe fail to print one like the . perhaps.

     

     

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