French woman gets a phone bill for $15,000,000,000,000,000 (that is 15 quadrillion dollars)October 12, 2012 2 Email article | Print article
What would you do if you received a bill from your cell phone service provider for $15,000,000,000,000,000? Yeah… it happened. A French woman by the name of San Jose living in Bordeaux, France received a bill from Bouygues Telecom for 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros, which is roughly $15 quadrillion. In case you are curious, that is 214x more than the GDP of the entire damn world.
It isn’t entirely clear if the billion was in relation to her monthly usage or an early termination fee (and here I thought a $200 early termination fee in the US was bad…). In either case, it was obviously a mistake by the telecom company and eventually Jose’s bill was rectified to 117.21 euros/$152 dollars. However, it took some persistent pestering on the part of Jose for Bouygues Telecom to comply. In fact, Jose says she was turned down by multiple representatives before finally getting the issue resolved. One representative told her “it’s automatic, there is nothing I [the representative] can do” while another asked to help Jose set up a payment plan where Jose would pay make the amount in installments.
Leave it to the French to think of a creative way to solve Europe’s debt crisis.