For a few minutes, a man from Media, Pennsylvania was the world's first quadrillionaire, at least according to his PayPal account.
When Chris Reynolds opened his monthly PayPal statement this month, he was pleasantly surprised to find slightly more in his account than he was expecting. According to the statement, he was suddenly worth $92,233,720,368,547,800.
“Well, initially I was a little jolted because I saw a negative number in front of a lot of digits and I just decided to have a little fun with it,” Reynolds told ABC News, adding that his friends liked the picture of the statement he posted to Facebook.
PayPal quickly recognized their mistake and removed the money from the account. “PayPal was really good by the way,” Reynolds said. “They apologized for any inconvenience.”
The company also issued a statement to the BBC: "This was obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr Reynolds understands this was the case.”
And, in addition to the apology, PayPal agreed to make a small donation to charity of Reynolds' choice.
But would would Reynolds have done if he'd actually become a quadrillionaire overnight? From the Philly Daily News:
"I'm a very responsible guy," he said. "I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price."
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