28 March 2006
High-priced orders don't upset us
George Carlin once groused about people putting minor purchases on plastic:
Take my word for this: Tic Tacs is not a major purchase. No one should be borrowing money from a bank at 18 percent interest to buy a loaf of bread.
Not a problem: we'll put it on our debit card.
It's a lesson George Beane, a Palmdale, California resident, will never forget. He and his wife pulled up to a local Burger King drive-through window last week and ordered two Whoppers and a couple of cheeseburgers.
The distracted and busy cashier had already rung up the order and taken $4.33 off of George's debit card. But in her haste to put the 'fast' in fast food and get to other customers, she accidentally rang in the charge again without erasing the first three digits.
That brought the Beanes' burger bill to a whopping $4,334.33! And to make matters worse, no one noticed.
At least not right away. But when the Beanes went to make their monthly mortgage payment several days later, they were astounded to discover there was no money left in the account. It had all gone to pay off their meal mistake.
The restaurant tried to get the couple a refund, but their bank told them the funds were subject to a three-day hold and there was no way they could change it. The Bank of America instituted the policy to stop those who don't have sufficient funds in their accounts from spending any more money.
No word on whether the Beanes got mayonnaise on said burgers.Posted at 11:30 AM to Dyssynergy , Worth a Fork