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Paypal turns a man into a quadrillionaire... briefly

Virtually the richest man in the world
Wed Jul 17 2013, 14:40

ONLINE PAYMENTS SYSTEM Paypal has briefly lit up one man's life by inserting billions of dollars into his account.

Unfortunately the chap isn't the first person ever to actually win one of those online lottery scams, but was instead the victim of a system error.

Delaware County resident Chris Reynolds checked his Paypal account at the tail end of last week and found it had a credit balance of $92,233,720,368,547,800, making him the richest man in the world.

Presumably he has just managed to pick himself up off the floor. This will be good news for Paypal, since it has already clawed back the cash. Still, while he was virtually rich Reynolds might have imagined gilding his car and outbidding people like Bill Gates and Donald Trump on eBay auctions. But that was not how he reacted.

"I'm just feeling like a million bucks. At first I thought that I owed quadrillions. It was quite a big surprise," he told the Philadelphia Daily News.

"I was moved to be really generous by good fortune... I'm a very responsible guy, I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price."

Reynolds has since heard from Paypal, but it wasn't as good a message as the other one.

"The sad part is that I got word that they still need me to renew the credit card that's attached to this account," he said. "So, even though I have 90 quadrillion dollars, they still don't trust me."

We asked Paypal if it had anything to say about the situation. In a statement, Paypal said, "This was obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr Reynolds understood this was the case. We think it's inspiring that he decided to use this occurrence to donate to a cause he believes in.

"And we hope to honor this spirit by donating to a cause of his choice - we'll be reaching out to him as soon as possible to discuss this and let him know we are grateful that he's a customer." µ


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