PayPal charges Man over 81 Billion for a tank of gas

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A man in Washington State stopped and filled-up his gas tank and used his PayPal card to pay for the purchase. Can you imagine his surprise when he got a bill from PayPal for over 81 BILLION dollars? He called PayPal and had to argue with them about the bill and finally they said it was a computer glitch.....ya think?

The reporter who was reporting this story checked how fast the pump would run and how long it would take to pump what PayPal said this man owed...over 81 billion. It would have took over 10,000 years to pump that amount of gas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
    Oh wow, I am surprised they admitted they were wrong!
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  • Profile picture of the author MicahF7
    I saw that on msn... But it did not say anything about paypal.
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles E. White
      Originally Posted by MicahF7 View Post

      I saw that on msn... But it did not say anything about paypal.
      I seen it on National news and they even showed the PayPal card.
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    That is funny
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  • lol.. stupid PayPal
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  • Profile picture of the author Scot Standke
    Wow, I thought my card was buggy...

    Every time I charge gas on my card I get a temporary charge aside from
    the gas itself for like $67 or some odd amount.

    After a few days it gets taken off my account as if it never existed,
    just think it's strange.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Scott - I get the same thing and it's hard to get an explanation for it.

      Only happens with gas stations - but also includes purchases (without gas) made in those convenience stores.

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      • Profile picture of the author ShayB
        If you use a debit card for gas, the card will have a hold put on funds (usually around $60).

        Once the actual amount of the purchase has gone through, the hold is cancelled (within a few days).

        Hotels do this, too. They put a hold of what the room will cost + 15 to 20% extra. Once the hotel puts the charge for the actual amount through, the pending hold is cancelled.

        It is so irritating, but it happens. :rolleyes:
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        • Profile picture of the author ShayB
          PS - the reason why this is done for debit cards and not credit cards is that a credit card company will pay whatever amount was authorized, even if it is found to go over your limit. They will then go after you for the money.

          Debit cards are not like that - if you don't have the funds, they won't pay. Too bad for the merchant.

          This is why the "hold" is for more than the actual purcahse for debit cards.

          ETA: This is how it was explained to me.
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          • Profile picture of the author T.I.M.
            Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

            PS - the reason why this is done for debit cards and not credit cards is that a credit card company will pay whatever amount was authorized, even if it is found to go over your limit. They will then go after you for the money.

            Debit cards are not like that - if you don't have the funds, they won't pay. Too bad for the merchant.

            This is why the "hold" is for more than the actual purcahse for debit cards.
            They do this when you pay at the pump. I learned the hard way and it put me in a bind.

            When pumping gas w/ debit card ALWAYS go in and prepay instead of paying at the pump to avoid this. They do it w/ credit cards too but it takes the amount off the backend of the limit so unless you're close to maxing it out you won't even know about it and it doesn't show up on the statement.
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        • Profile picture of the author Aaron Moser
          Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

          If you use a debit card for gas, the card will have a hold put on funds (usually around $60).

          Once the actual amount of the purchase has gone through, the hold is cancelled (within a few days).

          Hotels do this, too. They put a hold of what the room will cost + 15 to 20% extra. Once the hotel puts the charge for the actual amount through, the pending hold is cancelled.

          It is so irritating, but it happens. :rolleyes:
          This same exact thing happen to me once. I went back to the gas station and bitched out the gas attendant (I thought he was scamming me). LOL Whoops I felt bad when I discovered it was actually paypal. It was for around $60 too!
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  • Profile picture of the author webbizwidgets
    You gotta watch those paypal *******s!
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  • Profile picture of the author keithdougherty
    Somehow with that being PayPal, that does not surprise me. They seem to make their own rules, even though this was a glich.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Well now that we know there are no intelligence standards you have to meet to be a pay pal employee, lets all go apply. Easy work, no sobriety required.
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  • Profile picture of the author prosperwithdnb
    If they had gavien him a 80 billion in credit limit he could go on a shopping spree.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nitro
    That's funny.. I would have freaked.. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Riddle
    For gas stations, the amount the hold on debit cards is high enough for the state to be able to prosecute so the debt is not a only a "personal dispute" avoiding the station to sue for non-payment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    If they're doing the "temporary-soon-to-be-removed-mystery-charge" thing on a credit card, then I have three words...

    Average daily balance.



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  • Profile picture of the author tstewart63
    Somehow I'm not surprised.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Originally Posted by Charles E. White View Post

    A man in Washington State stopped and filled-up his gas tank and used his PayPal card to pay for the purchase. Can you imagine his surprise when he got a bill from PayPal for over 81 BILLION dollars? He called PayPal and had to argue with them about the bill and finally they said it was a computer glitch.....ya think?

    The reporter who was reporting this story checked how fast the pump would run and how long it would take to pump what PayPal said this man owed...over 81 billion. It would have took over 10,000 years to pump that amount of gas.
    Story link please... Definitely a good little story idea for a publicity stunt or two...
    PayPal: Fill-up didn't cost $81 billion - Vehicular weirdness- msnbc.com

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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
    Can you imagine the interest on that if it was a credit card lol


    Originally Posted by Charles E. White View Post

    A man in Washington State stopped and filled-up his gas tank and used his PayPal card to pay for the purchase. Can you imagine his surprise when he got a bill from PayPal for over 81 BILLION dollars? He called PayPal and had to argue with them about the bill and finally they said it was a computer glitch.....ya think?

    The reporter who was reporting this story checked how fast the pump would run and how long it would take to pump what PayPal said this man owed...over 81 billion. It would have took over 10,000 years to pump that amount of gas.
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  • That's Crazy.... Would be funny being the guy getting the bill!

    I knew paypal makes quite a bit of mistakes from time to time, but 81 billion dollars lol, WOW>...
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  • Profile picture of the author eknefelt
    That's funny! Didn't know about that.
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  • Profile picture of the author ss61288
    couldn't have been good for the bloke's heart! haha
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles E. White
      I think the funniest part was is they argued with him about it like he could have pumped 81 billion dollars in gas at one time in his vehicle. They did finally admit it was a computer glitch.

      I do want to say this...I have been with PayPal for years and personally have never had a problem with them but I thought this was hilarious.
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      • Profile picture of the author jasonl70
        Originally Posted by Charles E. White View Post

        I think the funniest part was is they argued with him about it like he could have pumped 81 billion dollars in gas at one time in his vehicle. They did finally admit it was a computer glitch.
        this is what got me too.. they actually argued about it!!

        I had my own paypal nightmare a few years ago, and this simply confirms my own experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author Puusaari
    He was lucky it was for $81 billion, any less and PayPal probably wouldn't have admitted their mistake.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
    Knowing PayPal, they won't admit it.

    Instead, they'll say he's only covered for the first $200.
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  • Profile picture of the author af.dushyant
    I heard about it.

    I am really surprised that paypal confess that it was their fault.
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    • Profile picture of the author lumcc
      Haha, i can't imagine the face expression of the man when he received his bill!

      He must be getting the Shock of his life!
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    • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
      I've been using my PayPal debit card to pay for gas for 2-3 years now ... and last month was the FIRST time the extra amount has ever been taken out. And this was at a gas station that I frequent with the card.

      Naturally, it was at a time I was in between being paid and I didn't have that extra $60 for them to take out ... I had $20 and paid $10 for gas. I got home and saw that ... had a massive fit and was on the phone with them. They gave me no explanation as to why they were suddenly taking out the extra funds, but they reversed it right away.
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  • Profile picture of the author sjessica
    this is ridiculous

    paypal wont easily say sorry, but this is too much
    81 billion, how could that happen?
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  • Profile picture of the author morwanneg
    I'm wondering if Paypal overcharged the man with a realistic amount and the man complained about it, would they still admit they were wrong? Knowing Paypal? Probably not. Such a rip-off.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Moreno
    im surprised this could even happen as i believe paypal has a daily limit to what you can spend on your card... even if you hook it up to your bank account they are set limits to what your backup funding will provide...

    i have been using one since they became available and never had a problem...

    only thing i can think of is that the initial hold was placed but somewhere between the gas pump and paypal the $81billion was requested not necessarily paypals fault, probably the letter was sent out automatically too...

    i know during the fuel crisis last year some gas stations where putting $100 holds on your debitcard - hence why i moved back to using credit cards or simply pressed credit at the pump
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    The real lesson here is what a bad deal debit cards are for the consumer.

    And why are people surprised Paypal admitted a mistake? Do you really think they would insist to the media that the $81 billion amount was correct?

    This has happened with other companies, too, like somebody getting a bill for millions of dollars from the electric company, when they could not possibly have used that much electricity.

    He's lucky it was $81 billion. If it had been $81, it would have been harder to argue that it was wrong, since some vehicles can take that much gas at once.
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  • Profile picture of the author sladezer0
    I was suprised to read he had to argue with PayPal! LOL

    How does that go? Well sir ... see it says here on my screen that you paid for 81 billion dollars worth of gas. Sorry but it seems to me that it is far more likely that you bought the gas rather than this being some sort of mistake :p
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  • Profile picture of the author kswr123
    damn. and i thought gas was coming down
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