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The Banks Giveth, and the Banks Taketh Away

The day after Christmas, when a lot of working people are at their lowest financial point of the year, yet have rent and mortgage payments due soon, employees of Plymouth (Mass.) Public Schools were looking forward to their paychecks. Those who get their pay by direct deposit, however, were shocked to find their pay wasn’t deposited, but rather the district accidentally debited their accounts for the amount of their pay. “Human error,” admitted Superintendent Gary E. Maestas. Most banks said nothing could be done until after the holiday weekend. (RC/Boston Globe) ...Computers only do what they’re told. To really screw up, you need a human involved.
Original Publication Date: 28 December 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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