Jon Seale recently charged a slice of pizza and a Coke to his Visa card. The amount he saw on his online statement: $23,148,855,308,184,500.
The global gross domestic product is, by contrast, estimated at between a paltry $60 trillion and $70 trillion.
The North Texas man tells Robert Siegel that after he quit laughing, he called the bank.
"The girl that answered the phone actually kind of choked when she saw the number on her screen," Seale says. "They have assured me they will take care of that."
Seale was not the only person who experienced the glitch. It turns out that a small number of people, all using their Visa cards, were charged the same amount.
"My son made the comment that maybe with this amount of money we could afford to get season tickets to the Yankees," Seale says. "I told him for this amount of money, we could buy the Yankees."