7 Typos That Cost Tonnes Of Money! Shocking!
What happens when an airline makes a typo error in their flight ticket rates? They company loses $ 7.2 million...and they realize they must have a solid proof reading system!
In 2006, Alitalia Airlines mistakenly listed business class flights from Toronto to Cyprus for $39 instead of $3900 dollars. Many people cleverly took advantage of the pricing and booked, so much so that when the airlines decided to cancel the tickets, they faced a huge run down!
#6 RACIST PASTA!
When Penguin Australia published a cookbook manual called "The Pasta Bible" they should have read through it atleast a 100 TIMES!
The publishing house mistakenly printed “ground black people” instead of “ground black pepper”. The goofup caused them to destroy 7000 printed books and cost them nearly $20,000!
#5 EROTIC VACATION!
Sometimes it is best to advertise using simple terms and means!
In 1988, a Californian travel agency put an advertisement in the yellow pages about an exotic vacation, but the yellow pages accidentally misspelled it as the erotic vacation.
The travel agency lost over 80% of its customer base and sued Yellow Page for the same and won $18 million on the grounds of gross negligence. So much for a misprint!
#4 TYPO ROCKET!
July 22, 1962 was the worst day for the Mariner 1 space probe ad it turned into a fireball soon after take off!
This is one of the most expensive and infamous typo related incidents in the history. The NASA investigators said that the omission of a single hyphen in the guidance program led to a series of false course correction signals. The rocket was then detonated, preventing it from falling in a populated area. This mistake cost NASA somewhere between $80-$150 million!
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#3 TYPO LOTTERY!
Lottery is usually a very intriguing idea for most. However, this car dealership company had to pay big bucks in this fascination!
In 2007, a company decided to sell some lottery tickets. The idea was to print 50 thousand lottery tickets with only one winner of a thousand dollars. But unfortunately the company responsible for printing the tickets accidentally printed all the tickets identical and everybody won the lottery. So the company had to cough up $50 million; but because the company couldn’t pay such a huge amount and so, it just distributed $5 Walmart coupons to all the participants.
#2 FAT FINGERS!
Fat fingers is a bad, bad syndrome... you know the one you develop due to texting for a long time, or when your hands go numb or sore!
Anyways, in December 2005, a branch of one of the largest banks in Japan decided to sell the shares of a recruiting company for 610,000 yen each (Rs 3.6 lakhs). But because of a typo (due to someon's fat fingers) the shares were priced for 1 yen instead of 610,000 yen. 610,000 shares were sold within 24 hours and the company lost nearly $340 Million.
#1 THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE MISSING P!
eBay lost close to half a million due to a silly spelling mistake!
They put up a antique beer called “Alsopp’s arctic ale” on auction but named it “Alsop’s arctic ale”, without an extra P. The bidders thought that the unit was fake and taking advantage of the situation, a cunning buyer bought the bottle just for $304, thereby costing the seller a lot of money.
But the best part is... he later sold it for $503,000!
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