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Old 03-02-2009, 10:32 PM
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SPOKANE - Many people have complained about high gas prices over the years but Juan Zamora has a story that beats them all after he was charged more than $81 Billion for a single tank of gas.
Filling up for gas is routine for Juan Zamora on his weekly commute from Spokane to the Tri-Cities.
"I didn't know if I grabbed the Jet Fuel or the Super I don't know, I couldn't remember," Zamora said.
On Tuesday he stopped at a Richland Conoco station, fueled up and paid for $90 dollars worth of gas. At least he thought he paid for $90 of gas until he got a phone call.
"A pre-authorization at an automated gas station dispenser was approved at $81,400,836,908 in Richland, Washington," the automated recording said.
That's right. Zamora hadn't bought $90 in fuel. According to Paypal he had bought over $81 Billion in fuel.
"I think I dropped the phone once or twice," Zamora said laughing. "I was about ready to look up the president's number to see if I could get a bailout package."
Dumbfounded, Zamora tried contacting his bank, the gas station, even Paypal to figure out what was going on.
"They were arguing did you buy gas at the gas station, and I said yes but not for that amount ... well so you did get gas ... yeah but not for that amount."
No one seemed to believe his story.
"I don't know if they were thinking I was talking about rubles or pesos or what but they just didn't get the amount," he said.
The problem was the charge to his account was very real.
"I broke it down and its like $550 Million a gallon so I don't get a lot of gas mileage and an expensive tank of gas," he said.
The thing is it would be statistically impossible for Zamora to have pumped that much gas. It takes about a minute to fill a car up with about $15 in gas. It would take roughly 10,000 years to pump $81 Billion in gas.
So after spending a lot of time on the phone Zamora finally got his answer and, as you might expect, it all call came down to a computer glitch.
"The mix up was that they used the merchant number for the amount, I guess that's Paypal's explanation of it," Zamora said.
Finances are getting back to normal at Juan Zamora's home, though after this incident he's considering making some changes.
"I'm thinking about signing up for overdraft protection today," he laughed.
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OUCH! And I though that last summers gas bill was high.
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Originally Posted by JUSTINTIME View Post
... "I was about ready to look up the president's number to see if I could get a bailout package."
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Gees, good thing the mistake wasn't for a smaller more believable amount like $800.00. He might have had to really fight to get his money back.

Everything is a battle these days, someone makes a mistake that costs you money and its your job to prove them wrong.
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I amazed that it was even approved!!

When I waited tables in Annapolis, years ago, during the Boat Shows, sometimes I would get some tables where you could tell the people were VERY wealthy. One time when I entered a guys card (AMEX Platinum) in our machine, it asked for the amount of the sale. I entered $1,000,000.00 just to see what would happen (I KNOW it was stupid!! I was young!) It got approved! Damn! This dude has some coin!
I cancelled it and entered the correct amount, though!
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I would have ignored it. Sure. I bought $81 billion in gas! I put it all in plastic gas cans! Gas is cheap right now and the stock market sucks. So I figure that if gas goes up just 10 cents a gallon I can make $810 million by selling it!!

Hey - beats working.

By the way, thanks for the credit Pay Pal!

They would quickly figure out the cause of the mistake and fix it.
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When we have hyperinfaltion after the US defaults...That will be a fill up for a Civic.
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"What would you do if you were charged 81,400,836,908 dollars for a tank of gas?"

Hand the bill to the feds and tell them I was a bank.
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How does paypal get involved in gas purchases?
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Do you think he got to keep the air miles?
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Originally Posted by JRS@OBX View Post
How does paypal get involved in gas purchases?

You can get a Visa debit card linked to your paypal account so you can buy anything anywhere Visa is accepted using funds in your paypal account. I have one and use it all the time. Its a lot safer than using a CC or your Visa check card. I only keep about $1K in that account so if it gets in the wrong hands they can't take much.

Paypal also has credit cards, that most likely what this guy was paying with.
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Oh. Thanks. I'd have to say that using a credit card is a LOT safer than paypal. Paypal has shady practices, but that is a thread for another day.

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