The stupidest financial mistakes in the world

Publish date 19 August 2013
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Sometimes a moment of inattention can cost you dearly. See a few such stories. They teach you valuable lessons, such as not falling asleep while transferring money, checking your lottery tickets carefully, and checking their pockets when you give old clothes on sale:

Banker falls asleep on his keyboard - translates 293 million euros
A German banker entered the news by mistakenly transferring 222,222,222.22 euros. He claims to have fallen asleep on the keyboard and pressed key 2 with his forehead. His boss was fired, but after the mistake was corrected, she was re-employed.

A woman throws away a $ 1 million lottery ticket
In July 2011, Sharon Duncan bought a lottery ticket at a store in the small town of Beebe, Arkansas. She checked it on a scanner in the store, which showed no profit. Then she threw it in the trash. Sharon Jones, who made a living by digging in the trash, found the ticket, but her inspection showed that he was earning $ 1 million. However, the manager of the store sued Jones because there were signs in the store forbidding taking things from the garbage. Sharon Duncan also joined the case, claiming that the scanner in the store was damaged. In the end, the three parties agreed out of court.

PayPal translated 92 quadrillion by mistake
When Chris Reynolds of Pennsylvania checked his PayPal account, he found that it contained $ 92,233,720,368,547,800.
However, the company quickly realized and withdrew the amount. To compensate, they made a "modest" donation to a charity of Reynolds' choice.

The Fed made a typo for $ 120 million
Problems with the printer? What to say from the Fed? In 2011, they had to issue new $ 100 bills, which were announced with a noisy campaign. Shortly before they were released, however, it became clear that there was a "small" defect in some of them. This "small defect" delayed the issuance of the new banknotes by 2 years and ultimately cost taxpayers $ 120 million.
A woman sells a jacket for $ 20 and has diamond earrings in her pocket for $ 18,000
Even Rhodes of Huntington Beach donated second-hand clothes at a local sale. Among the clothes was a denim jacket, which sold at a sale for $ 20. Only then did she remember using the jacket as a "secret safe" in which to put money and valuables. At the time of the sale, there were $ 18,000 diamond earrings and a $ 1,500 ring in her husband's pocket. She even asked the local press for the buyer to return the jewelry, but no one responded.