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Ray Crockett, Nashville Man, Mistakenly Charged $84,000 For Tank Of Gas That Only Cost $30

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Huffington Post  We’ve all complained – whether to a neighbor, grandma or politician – about high gas prices at one point or another. For one man in Nashville Tenn. though, the cost of filling up his tank may be one conversation best saved for a lawyer.

News Channel 5 reports that Ray Crockett pulled into a Mapco gas station last Friday because, he said, “They had the cheapest gas at the time.” Crockett filled up, swiped his card to pay, and grabbed the receipt showing he’d been charged $30.00.

Several days later Crockett went to use his card again, only to have the payment declined. The culprit? His bank statement shows he’d been charged $84,522.54 for that $30 tank of gas.

As of this writing, gas prices in Nashville hovered near $3.09, which means Crockett’s tank would have to hold more than 27,000 gallons for that $84,000 fill-up to make sense.

But Citibank, the issuer of his debit card, doesn’t see it that way; the bank says it paid the gas station the full amount, then locked Crockett out of his (now seriously overdrawn) account. Adding to the mess, Mapco says they never received the payment, writes The Consumerist, leaving Crockett stuck hopelessly in the middle with only a $100 gift card that the gas station provided to help him get by.

Citibank recently corrected the error, and issued this statement:

Due to a[n] input error at the merchant, a charge was erroneously billed to [the customer’s] account. Citi has credited [the customer’s] account and his card is available for use. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused and are putting processes in place to ensure that this does not happen in the future.

Oddly, this isn’t the only gas station mishap involving the number 81. According to the Seattle Times, in 2009, a man filling up in Washington was mistakenly billed $81.4 billion after an error with his PayPal-issued debit card.

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13 Responses to Ray Crockett, Nashville Man, Mistakenly Charged $84,000 For Tank Of Gas That Only Cost $30

  1. diggerdan says:

    citi bank goes after the customer in Nashville and PayPal in Wash.? those money handlers are all a bunch of jokers. They go after the customer before the business or themselves. Those are big enough bills to question the amount of that size – especialy at a gas station.

  2. Dave Mowers says:

    The bank originally tried to use his account as a charge-off so they could write off the full value against their taxes. Ruining the man’s credit and forcing him into a position where no other bank will ever give him an account again. They credited the account because of the press which alerts the I.R.S. to their potential crime if caught doing it to him. That is the only reason they capitulated.

  3. #1 NWO Hatr says:

    This is why I always pay with cash.

  4. Tom Brown says:

    “Pay with cash”….funny you should say. Me too. Always. And I write checks at the supermarket. No credit. No debit.

  5. NC says:

    “Ray Crockett, Nashville Man, Mistakenly Charged $84,000 For Tank Of Gas That Only Cost $30″

    Hey, come on now, guys….”It was an ‘honest’ mistake.” No need to worry. (Mainstream Media) :-p

  6. Paul says:

    The technically insolvent Citibank did this. Another “accident” that seems to favour the Bankers.

  7. #1 NWO Hatr says:

    It ain’t funny when your identity gets stolen, either. (Had it happen)

  8. #1 NWO Hatr says:

    I can sympathize.

  9. Kiwi Dave says:

    “His bank statement shows he’d been charged $84,522.54 for that $30 tank of gas.”

    “Oddly, this isn’t the only gas station mishap involving the number 81.”

    ^This^.

    Bahahahahahahahahaha

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