Monday, April 10, 2006

Can you spot the imbecile working for the Associated Press?
Man Gets $218 Trillion Phone Bill

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A Malaysian man said he nearly fainted when he recieved a $218 trillion phone bill and was ordered to pay up within 10 days or face prosecution, a newspaper reported Monday.

Yahaya Wahab said he disconnected his late father's phone line in January after he died and settled the 84 ringgit ($23) bill, the New Straits Times reported.

But Telekom Malaysia later sent him a 806,400,000,000,000.01 ringgit ($218 trillion) bill for recent telephone calls along with orders to settle within 10 days or face legal proceedings, the newspaper reported.

It wasn't clear whether the bill was a mistake, or if Yahaya's father's phone line was used illegally after after [sic] his death...

Let’s do a little math, shall we?

The bill is for $218,000,000,000,000. Wahab closed his father’s account in January so lets assume the billing period for the outstanding bill is 90 days. Also assume the worst possible per minute phone rate of $1.00 per minute and that the line was being charged 24/7. That would mean 2,422,222,222,222 minutes were billed to the line per day (a time span of 1,440 minutes). Therefore 1.7 billion people were charging to that phone number every minute of every day.

Incidentally, the total population of Malaysia is 24,385,858 and the world’s population is 6.5 billion (i.e., over a quarter of the people on Earth had to be in on the scam and they were talking 24/7 to another quarter of the earth’s population. Unless, of course, they were dialed in to the world’s 1.7 billion modems)

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