Every now and then, we all slip up on the job. Maybe we forget to reply to an email, or don’t commit a file to a repo, or we fall asleep on our keyboard and accidentally transfer $222 million to the wrong account:
An obviously tired German bank employee fell asleep on his keyboard and accidentally transformed a minor transfer into a 222 million euro ($293 million) order, a court heard Monday.
The Hessen labour court heard that the man was supposed to transfer just 62.40 euros from a bank account belonging to a retiree, but instead “fell asleep for an instant, while pushing onto the number 2 key on the keyboard” — making it a huge 222,222,222.22 euro order.
His supervisor got fired for not catching the issue immediately, but appealed, and that’s how this story became breaking news. Of course the court gave him his job back, though it sounds like they should have also issued an edict to serve better coffee in that bank’s back offices…