Here’s proof that there is a hefty price to smoking!
$US23 QUADRILLION FOR PACK OF SMOKES
July 16, 2009 | smh.com.au
JOSH MUSZYNSKI almost choked when he checked his Visa account online after buying a packet of cigarettes at a service station to find he was charged $US23 quadrillion.
Mr Muszynski, from the US state of New Hampshire, checked his account online a few hours after the purchase and saw the 17-digit number – a stunning $US23,148,855,308,184,500.
He told WMUR-TV that he spent two hours on the phone with Bank of America trying to sort out the string of numbers – and the $US15 ($19) overdraft fee.
The bank corrected the error the next day.
Bank of America said the card issuer, Visa, could answer questions.
Visa, in turn, referred questions to the bank.
— Associated Press
I have been smoking on and off since the day before my 16th birthday. By December this year, I will have been a smoker for 20 years. By December this year, I should be ready to quit for good, and J and I will be doing it together. Amongst many reasons for quitting (such as "it’s time" and "we wish to live healthier") is one associated with the rising prices of cigarettes.
I remember when I first started smoking, cigarettes were cheap, and anyone at any age could buy them. I remember being quite shocked and disgusted when I had to pay $5 for a packet of cigarettes a few years later, and aghast when they got to $10 a packet. I now pay an average of $12 for my Alpine Fines – yes, disgusting, I know; I now smoke menthols, just like I did when I was 16!!!
Smoking is something I’ve enjoyed over the past 20 years. I am more a social smoker than a regular smoker. I don’t pop out during a working day and have smoko like some of my colleagues do. On any given day, the most cigarettes I’d have is 3. I do smoke every day, but no more than 3 per day, unless I’m out drinking.
I smoke, a lot, when I drink or when I’m around a group of smokers. As J is also a smoker, we like to have a couple of cigarettes after work together on the balcony to catch up on the day. And we have enjoyed summer nights on the balcony, with our cold beers and our cigarettes and chatting about the news of the world.
I will miss smoking, but I’m almost ready to let it go. Almost. But if I get charged $23 quadrillion dollars for a packet of ciggies, you can bet your bottom dollar I’d be giving it up there and then on the spot!