Don’t Ask, Or You Might Get An Answer

Over at TechDirt, this story prompts a question:

It’s one thing to bounce a check and it’s another to be so far in the red Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Donald Trump combined couldn’t come close to bailing you out. A Cobb County man got a letter from his bank with that very shocking news.

“And I open up the letter and I look at it and I’m like, ‘No, you’ve got to be kidding me,’ said Joe Martins.Martins said he recently closed an account at Wachovia Bank and made good on an outstanding check. He just got a letter about the closure and his negative balance — $211,010,028,257,303.00. That’s $211 trillion.

TechDirt asks:

Furthermore, if an error this size gets through all of the checks and balances, then what other, less noticeable errors are falling through the cracks every day?

Let’s just put it this way: Your humble director doesn’t use online bill pay, okay?

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