Mistake to blame for overcharge at Richland gas station
PayPal, the company that issued a debit card that tried to charge Juan Zamora more than $81 billion this week, is blaming it on a simple misunderstanding.
Somehow the vendor's ID number was recorded as the purchase price, explained Sara Gorman of PayPal on Friday.
But Zamora said he doesn't need an explanation: He's closed the account.
Zamora bought $26 in fuel for his Camaro at the Conoco service station at Stevens Drive and Highway 240 in Richland early Tuesday -- only to learn later that PayPal had recorded the transaction amount using the 11-digit number that identifies the merchant.
That left Zamora with a serious overdraft of $81,400,836,908 instead of $26.
Gorman, a spokeswoman for PayPal, said it was their mistake and it will be corrected. She said the two numbers must have gotten switched, or perhaps Zamora misread them in an e-mail asking him to call PayPal to verify the purchase.
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