Snoozing Bank Worker Mistakenly Transfers $300M
The perils of napping with your finger on the '2' key...
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2013 8:16 AM CDT
Updated Jun 16, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
This photo illustration shows hands typing on a computer keyboard. Hopefully the typist will remain awake.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – The latest in the annals of office screw-ups: A weary German bank worker was in the process of transferring 62.40 euros when he fell asleep for a (very expensive) "instant," reports the AFP. In his unconscious state he pushed the number 2 key, leading him to instead transfer 222,222,222.22 euros; that's just shy of $300 million.

The goof occurred last April, notes the BBC, but came to light in court: His error, which was eventually spotted, led to his supervisor—who didn't pick up on the error and OKed the transaction—getting sacked. She took her case to labor court, and the judges yesterday ruled in her favor, saying there was no malice on her part and that a reprimand was the appropriate punishment.

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Jun 17, 2013 4:56 PM CDT
Its the EU they fire no one that is why they are in the shape they are over there craddle to grave employment with guarantees.
Jun 17, 2013 4:44 PM CDT
A $300 MILLION dollar mistake may not have gotten her fired, but it should get her the court-approved reprimand and a windowless office and a computer that doesn't connect to her bank or the Internet!
Jun 17, 2013 4:47 AM CDT
That $300 million must be a fee that the bank charges. There was no mistake.