Chris Reynolds of Delaware found himself an unexpected reward upon checking his recent Paypal statement. Due to a tiny error on Paypal’s end, Reynolds quickly became the richest man on earth after he discovered that Paypal had deposited 92 Quadrillion dollars into his account. To put that number in perspective, Reynold’s payday quickly made him 1,260,273 times richer than the Helu family – the former richest family on earth with a paltry 73 billion to their names.
In the sake of journalist integrity, Paypal actually deposited $92,233,720,368,547,800 into Reynold’s account. The extra 223 trillion would already mean he had 20 times more money than the rest of the world combined.
Up to this point, Reynold’s Paypal account had rarely gone above $1,000. The Delaware man says he used the account to buy and sell vintage car parts. With his newfound 92 quadrillion bucks, Reynolds would have no trouble buying every car ever made.
Alas, this story has a tragic end. Paypal, being the no-fun party-poopers they are, took back their 92 quadrillion dollars after spotting the mistake. It seems Reynolds took the event in stride, and willingly returned his 92 quadrillion dollars without incident. In a statement, Paypal representatives noted that the deposit was, “obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr. Reynolds understood this was the case.”
Look, I’ve played Monoloply before. When the bank screws up, you get to keep all $50, or $200 dollars they accidentally give you. This event is exactly like that. Paypal gave a man 92-quadrillion dollars to keep, and then took it all back. Forget student loans, this kind of dirty pool in our financial sector is what will cause the next financial crisis. I believe it was Ayn Rund herself that asked, “Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his 92 quadrillion dollar Paypal deposit?”
I suppose not. Thanks, Obama.