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Old 09-27-2009, 05:23 AM   #1
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Man Sues Bank Of America For "1,784 BILLION, TRILLION Dollars"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/0..._n_299999.html

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Old 09-27-2009, 05:29 AM   #2
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:27 AM   #3
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:38 AM   #4
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I wonder if part of his complaint comes from a "offshored" Customer Service center where the rep he talked with had poor English skills.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:45 AM   #5
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I wonder if part of his complaint comes from a "offshored" Customer Service center where the rep he talked with had poor English skills.


would not surprise in the least, most of the call centres for my bank/credit card /utilities including ISP are non-UK based ....
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:01 AM   #6
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Ugh. The first time I bought an iPod I had to do that through phone (yes, I think they off-shore Italian language call centers too)- they kind of lose it :P so I can feel his pain. Still he's exaggerating :P
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:12 AM   #7
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How much do you think a Billion is?

In Europe, most people would say it is million millions, that is 1 000 000 000 000 or 10^12
In USA, however a Billion is a thousand millions, that is 1 000 000 000 or 10^9
Could that be a reason why there are many more billionaires in USA

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:15 AM   #8
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Uh ...
How much do you think a Billion is?

In Europe, most people would say it is million millions, that is 1 000 000 000 000 or 10^12
In USA, however a Billion is a thousand millions, that is 1 000 000 000 or 10^9
Could that be a reason why there are many more billionaires in USA

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales

in this context it does not really matter, the sum is unrealistic (even in an attempt to make a point), and probably will be laughed out of court and only likely to benefit his legal representatives ?.
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:02 AM   #9
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Uh ...
How much do you think a Billion is?

In Europe, most people would say it is million millions, that is 1 000 000 000 000 or 10^12
In USA, however a Billion is a thousand millions, that is 1 000 000 000 or 10^9
Could that be a reason why there are many more billionaires in USA

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales
An American billion trillion is a 1 with 21 0's... (10^21) (at least, according to the Dutch newssite...)

I find it weird that such a number can have several meanings...
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:29 AM   #10
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Hey, we had a judge in Washington DC sue a laundry for $65 million because they lost his pants.http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2007/04/26/...or-65-million/
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i was shocked at those figures... that amount could pay the debts of several third world countries from the world bank!

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