June 12, 2013 9:01 am -


We’ve all done it: leaned on a computer keyboard while daydreaming and typed mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Leaning on a key while night-dreaming is another matter, and it almost cost a German bank 222,222,222 euros, or about $293 million.

The error was blamed on a bank clerk who was assigned to transfer the relatively small sum of 62 euros and 40 cents, or just over $80, to the account of a retiree.

Since there was apparently no espresso in the bank’s employee cafĂ©, the tired soul “fell asleep for an instant, while pushing onto the number 2 key on the keyboard,” according to statements made in the Hessen labor court.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.