The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

Then again:

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


No word on whether the Beanes got mayonnaise on said burgers.

Serve 'em right if they did.

Posted by: McGehee at 2:17 PM on 28 March 2006

Once my lovely wife charged some panty hose at a local women's clothing store. When the bill came I had been charged $220,000.00 for panty hose @ 21%!

One call later, not only was the mischarge corrected, they removed the original cost for the pantyhose at their insistance.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 2:49 PM on 28 March 2006

I've seen some great legs in my time (Deo gratias), but none that needed a quarter of a million dollars to sheathe.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:03 PM on 28 March 2006

but none that needed a quarter of a million dollars to sheathe.

If there are legs out there worth that much money, I would prefer to see them un-sheathed.

Posted by: belhoste at 4:10 PM on 28 March 2006

There are examples of legs which were insured for millions — Betty Grable, Mary Hart, Heidi Klum — but I'm unsure as to what would constitute a claim.

Klum, incidentally, carries $200k more on her right leg than on her left, because she has a scar on her left knee.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:23 PM on 28 March 2006

In forty years Heidi will be having them appraised on Antiques Roadshow, and the one with the scar may actually be worth more by then.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:38 PM on 28 March 2006

After studious examination of the current Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, in which no actual fabric touches Mrs Seal's skin, I have but one question: "What scar?"

(Now this is thread drift.)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:09 PM on 28 March 2006

I was glad to have been able to help (catch my drift?)

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 10:08 PM on 28 March 2006