Dozing German bank clerk deposits €222m in pensioner's account
A GERMAN bank clerk who fell asleep with his finger on a computer keyboard turned a €62.40 transfer from a pensioner's account into a €222,222,222.22 transaction.
The clerk had a doze while holding down the "2" key. The error was spotted by a colleague during an internal systems check and corrected.
The case emerged at an employment tribunal case brought by a bank supervisor – who was fired for failing to spot the mistake – against her former employer at the regional labour court in the German state of Hessen.
The supervisor, a 48-year-old woman, said that on the day last April when the mistake took place she had examined more than 800 documents. Most of them were checked in less than two seconds.
In a ruling published online today, the court said that the supervisor should have received a warning rather than dismissal.
Although it was a "terrible mistake" there was no evidence she had sought to cause deliberate harm to her employer, and she should be reinstated, the ruling said.
The bank, which has not been named, had accused the supervisor of deliberately deceiving her superiors by failing to check transfer documents and simply waving them through.