Imagine checking your checking account to find that the bank made a mistake in your favor.
Now imagine that the error is significant. Like, $ 50 billion big.
You read correctly.
Fifty. Billion. Dollars.
As unbelievable as it sounds, this is exactly what happened to a Louisiana family last Saturday. And, according to CNN, for four days, Darren James and his family were multi-billionaires.
James told CNN that he and his wife found out about his mistake last Saturday.
“It’s not like a one zero error or a two zero error, it’s someone who fell asleep on the keyboard error,” James told CNN. “I was definitely excited. Really surprised how it got there and I wondered if I had a rich uncle who gave it to me.
Chase Bank reportedly corrected the error on Tuesday, but James said he still hadn’t been given an explanation as to why it might have happened. Just as well, because according to CNN, people who spend money mistakenly deposited into their account may be forced to refund it. And, CNN even cited a case in Pennsylvania in 2019 in which a couple faced criminal theft charges after apparently spending most of the $ 120,000 their bank mistakenly placed in their account.
James, who is a real estate agent in Baton Rouge, said he would not have spent the money anyway.
“My moral compass only goes one way and that is common sense,” he told CNN. “There is a big difference between morality and legality. Honesty and good character set in immediately, there is nothing we can do with the money. I didn’t earn it, it’s not for us to spend it.