Monday, April 10, 2006

Exact Change, Please

Eugene Volokh comments on this story from AP, about a Malaysian man who got a phone bill for RM 806,400,000,000,000.01. Yes, that's eight hundred and six trillion and four hundred billion ringgit, and one sen. Or, in old money, eight hundred and six billion and four hundred thousand million ringgit, and one sen; that still sounds like quite a lot.

But I'd really like to know about that one sen. You'd think on a bill that size, they'd do the generous thing and round it down to a whole number of ringgit. But no, the greedy telco demands its pound of flesh, right down to the very last sen. And will no doubt be adding compound interest as the customer refuses to pay.

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