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(BBC)   French woman gets bill for €11,721,000,000,000,000. "The phone company initially told her there was nothing they could do to amend the computer-generated statement and later offered to set up installments to pay off the bill"   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 24
    More: Silly, France, phone bills, error, teaching assistant, UK and Ireland, Solenne San Jose  
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2012-10-11 01:02:27 PM  
2 votes:

randomjsa: Ugh... The European numbers are different... They don't have a 10^15 (quadrillion in US)... So i don't know what to call it.


Maybe use Exponents?
imageshack.us
Campus Parking Fine + Math Major = Hilarity.
2012-10-11 12:43:28 PM  
2 votes:
She could have offered to pay it with 118 of these:

upload.wikimedia.org
2012-10-11 12:37:48 PM  
2 votes:
Did she try buying the Mechromancer DLC for Borderlands 2?
Al!
2012-10-11 05:50:59 PM  
1 votes:
By my calculations, which could be off by quite a bit (though not nearly as much as this billing error), with no interest and paying $1,000,000,000 a month, it will only take this person 1,186,075 years to pay her bill in full. She could make it a lot easier on herself by setting up automatic payments so she'll never have to see bills like this again. It will just be deducted from her account when it is due.
2012-10-11 05:14:12 PM  
1 votes:
i105.photobucket.com
2012-10-11 04:24:07 PM  
1 votes:
i.imgur.com

i told her we could set up a payment plan!
2012-10-11 03:19:14 PM  
1 votes:

EZ Writer: "offered to set up instalments to pay off the bill"

Do they share the same customer service center as RIAA?



Here's the part that got me scratching my head... "It has also apologised for the gaffe, which it says was down to a printing error and a subsequent misunderstanding between the client and staff at their call centre."

What misunderstanding was there, Lady got a phone bill that Zeus, Allah, FSM, God and Odin couldn't pay off together and wanted to know WtF was going on. Call center nitwit offered a payment plan.
2012-10-11 02:02:30 PM  
1 votes:

Shadow Blasko: Mara See Mara Do: I'm curious as to what kind of error would cause a number that big.

A Dinkum Thinkum computer.

Probably a Holmes-IV


You are my new Hero!

//I just hope Mike remembers this is a "Funny Once"
2012-10-11 01:38:45 PM  
1 votes:

brantgoose: That Scottish Dude. Only funny if you are the one passing it off as Canadian money. But in that case, it's hilarious.


Good old Canadian Tire Money. The S&H Green Stamp of North of the Border.
2012-10-11 01:26:12 PM  
1 votes:

limeyfellow: ChipNASA: So that's like what $12 American???

1 Euro = 1.2939 USD, so no.

It gets even sadder.

1.00 CAD = 1.02278 USD. Even funny Canadian money is worth more than US money.


Canadian money ranked by funniness (Least funny to most):

People:
The Cenotaph, Ottawa: Not funny at all.
The Canadian Peacekeepers Memorial. Not funny, well, maybe occasionally.
Robert Borden. No sense of humour.
The Queen. Very serious with a bit of a sense of humour.
Sir Wilfred Laurier. Sometimes funny in a French kind of way.
Kids playing hockey. Sometimes funny, sometimes dead serious.
William Lyon MacKenzie King. No sense of humour but very funny (not always in the ha-ha way).
That Scottish Dude. Only funny if you are the one passing it off as Canadian money. But in that case, it's hilarious.
Sir John A. McDonald. Very funny.

Animals:
The Polar Bear. Not funny at all.
The Canada Goose. Seldom funny.
The Moose. Not very funny.
The Beaver. A constant joke.

Other:
Remembrance Day Poppies. Unfunny, except when American military contractors mistake them for spy cameras.
Maple Leaf. Not funny.
Inuk and other native art. Not funny (that boat thing is sort of funny)
Breast Cancer Ribbons. Could be funny with the right stand up comedian.
Canadian athletes. A constant source of humour and satire.
2012-10-11 01:15:31 PM  
1 votes:

Silverstaff: Installments?

For a bill 6000 times larger than the GDP of your country? If she paid every dime she ever made it and lived forever the sun would burn out before the bill was paid, the interest alone would be many times the GDP.

Then they blamed it on. . ."a subsequent misunderstanding between the client and staff at their call centre."

So, what's the odds that French wasn't the first language of the call center worker? Does France outsource to India too?


They outsource to Senegal.
2012-10-11 01:05:44 PM  
1 votes:

ChipNASA: So that's like what $12 American???


1 Euro = 1.2939 USD, so no.

It gets even sadder.

1.00 CAD = 1.02278 USD. Even funny Canadian money is worth more than US money.
2012-10-11 01:00:24 PM  
1 votes:

Mara See Mara Do: I'm curious as to what kind of error would cause a number that big.


Well, given that it came out 117.21 * 1014 and it was originally supposed to be 117.21, some sort of conversion error.

When dealing with floating point numbers in programming, especially precision important floating point numbers like money, it's common to convert to an integer (such as changing 117.21 to 11721000000) in order to avoid a certain degree of imprecision when dealing with decimals that can cause lost pennies and what not from rounding issues. It lets you get the same result dealing almost entirely with integers, so long as you remember to convert back. It's probable that that company simply converts all monetary numbers to integers by multiplying them by 1014, then somehow had an error that caused it not to properly convert back for one person.
2012-10-11 12:55:36 PM  
1 votes:

Christian Bale:

French woman? was this her?


3.bp.blogspot.com

More likely her.
2012-10-11 12:54:54 PM  
1 votes:
How much did this idiot pay before making a couple more phone calls to get it cleared up?
2012-10-11 12:53:14 PM  
1 votes:
Wow, surprised the software would have the ability to put that bill out.

Verizon was doing billing error scamy stuff all the time. It had to be written into the software. I think there was lawsuits.
2012-10-11 12:46:00 PM  
1 votes:
Installments?

For a bill 6000 times larger than the GDP of your country? If she paid every dime she ever made it and lived forever the sun would burn out before the bill was paid, the interest alone would be many times the GDP.

Then they blamed it on. . ."a subsequent misunderstanding between the client and staff at their call centre."

So, what's the odds that French wasn't the first language of the call center worker? Does France outsource to India too?
2012-10-11 12:45:15 PM  
1 votes:
She should have stopped using a negative amount of minutes. That'll teach her.
2012-10-11 12:44:57 PM  
1 votes:

randomjsa: Ugh... The European numbers are different... They don't have a 10^15 (quadrillion in US)... So i don't know what to call it.


forums.watchuseek.com
2012-10-11 12:44:06 PM  
1 votes:

Mara See Mara Do: I'm curious as to what kind of error would cause a number that big.


Ok! Ok! I must have, I must have put a decimal point in the wrong place
or something. Shiat. I always do that. I always mess up some mundane
detail.
2012-10-11 12:42:56 PM  
1 votes:

Mara See Mara Do: I'm curious as to what kind of error would cause a number that big.


They are using old Intel P5 machines?
2012-10-11 12:41:46 PM  
1 votes:
How do we know she DIDN'T use the phone that much? If she gets off on this, it could be the most colossal phone-theft grab in history.
2012-10-11 12:39:22 PM  
1 votes:
I'm curious as to what kind of error would cause a number that big.
2012-10-11 12:38:36 PM  
1 votes:
"offered to set up instalments to pay off the bill"

Do they share the same customer service center as RIAA?
 
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