PayPal Accidentally Credits Man With $92 Quadrillion

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Chris Reynolds opened his PayPal e-mail statement in June and noticed that he suddenly had access to a lot of money, which was an interesting error for a bank to have.  Reynolds, a man that works in PR, saw that he had access to $92,233,720,368,547,800 (over $92 quadrillion).    Reynolds usually just sells auto parts on eBay in his spare time, which is why he has a PayPal account.

Having access to $92 quadrillion would make him a million times richer than Carlos Slim.  “It’s a curious thing. I don’t know, maybe someone was having fun,” said Reynolds.  After logging in, he noticed that his balance was $0 again.  PayPal acknowledged the error and offered to donate an unspecified amount of money to a cause of Reynolds’ choice.

“This is obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr. Reynolds understood this was the case,” said PayPal in a statement.  The most that Reynolds ever made on PayPal was a little over $1,000 when he sold a set of vintage BMW tires on eBay.

What would Reynolds do with all of that cash?  “I probably would have paid down the national debt,” said Reynolds.

[Image Credit: Chris Reynolds]