Smoking is expensive - 17 digit charge on Card for Pack of Smokes... [updated]

$23,148,855,308,184,500 for a pack of smokes, is the title of a MSNBC.com article I read this morning.

A New Hampshire man says he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars.

Bank of America tells WMUR-TV only the card issuer, Visa, could answer questions. Visa, in turn, referred questions to the bank.

Our Issuing systems have parameters to Delcine transactions over a certain amount, most of our clients set those to less then 1 quadrillion dollars, I believe. I wonder what the amount on his receipt says, I wonder if this was a POS glitch or a settlement glitch. {UPDATE} CNN.com has some more coverage on this here

In a statement, Visa said the rogue charges affected “fewer than 13,000 prepaid transactions” and resulted from a “temporary programming error at Visa Debit Processing Services … [which] caused some transactions to be inaccurately posted to a small number of Visa prepaid accounts.”

Josh Muszynski noticed the 17-digit charge while making a routine balance inquiry. via cnn

[Update]

via StackOverFlow -

Add the cents to the number and you get 2314885530818450000, which in hexadecimal is 2020 2020 2020 1250

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