Question: how much was a woman charged by a supermarket for a single banana? A) 93p; B) £9.30; C) £93.11 or D) £930.11. Answer: D! Luckily Bobbie Gordon from Sherwood in Nottingham didn’t have to stump up all that cash as it turns out the banana, which was supposed to cost 11p, was mispriced following a computer error that occurred while her online order was being processed by ASDA, the retailing giant. As her shopping bill was so big, her credit card provider’s fraud team stopped the payment from going through and sent her a text alerting her to the whopping sum. At least all concerned saw the funny side. “I told my seven-year-old ‘you must really enjoy this banana, you must cherish every mouthful’,” said Ms Gordon. Meanwhile a spokesman for Asda couldn’t resist slipping in a few wisecracks when apologising for the mistake: “Whilst our bananas are excellent, even we agree that they are not worth that much and clearly there has been a glitch in our system…We would like to thank Ms Gordon for keeping her eyes peeled and flagging this error to us and we are investigating to ensure it doesn’t happen again.” Banana splitting stuff.
May 8, 2018