Merchant ID's are not Amounts

I was reading this on MSNBC.com a short while ago:

A commuter in Richland, Wash., who thought he was overcharged — by $81 billion — for a tank of gas instead may have been confused by an e-mail about the transaction, his debit card company suggests.

Juan Zamora told the Tri-City Herald newspaper this week that an e-mail he received from PayPal showed a debit card transaction of $81,400,836,908, instead of the $26 worth that he said he pumped.

But a spokeswoman for PayPal, Sara Gorman, said Friday that Zamora may have been confused by a merchant identification number that appeared along with details about the transaction in the e-mail. “I can assure you that we did not charge him $81 billion,” Gorman said.

Thats a lot of gas !

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