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June 12, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Bank Employee Falls Asleep at Keyboard & Accidentally Transfers $300 Million

by Nicole Fabian-Weber

moneyIt's happened to the best of us. We've fallen asleep at work. Or, um, we've almost fallen asleep at work, heh. Whether we were out the night before or we simply got the world's worst sleep because our friggin' dog was snoring in our ear all night, from time to time, we fall asleep on the job. But for most of us, it merely means a slap on the wrist, or if we're really creative, a 30-minute cat nap. But for one bank employee who fell asleep on his keyboard, it means accidentally transferring $300 million into a random account.

While the employee was napping, he inadvertently leaned down on the "2", causing 222,222,222.22 euros to enter into his computer. The mistake wasn't spotted right away, and eventually led to his supervisor, who apparently okayed the transaction, getting fired. The supervisor took the case to labor court, and the judges ruled in her favor on the grounds that there was no malice on her part, and a simple reprimand would have been the appropriate punishment.

What are the odds? I mean, I suppose the odds of falling asleep on the job are somewhat high, but falling asleep on your computer and transferring almost half a billion dollars -- those odds are slim!

Although it sounds like an honest make, it's a pretty big one at that. I seriously doubt this man will be getting a job any time soon -- at least one that involves large quantities of money. Who would want this dude on their watch? Yikes. That's one expensive nap.

Have you ever fallen asleep at work?

Replies

  • ilovemykids732
    June 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    I have... but I work third shift and it was when I first started... lol... I work maintenance and fell asleep sweeping the floor... :D

  • jen113000
    June 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM
    Wow! Yes I have lol.
  • JulesFairy
    June 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM
    Yes, but only on break. I sat down at the break room table and thought i blinked only to find my coworker gently shaking me.
  • snowangel1979
    June 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM
    Yes. DS was in the hospital the night before. The doctor put me on med sorting duty because he knew I was kinda out of it.

    We had a room that just had samples from drug reps. Every once in a while we had to go threw it and pitch the old ones and sort so they kinda stayed somewhat organized. I feel asleep and he just closed the door and told everyone to leave me be because I needed that sleep bad. He actually didn't even want me driving home to send me home because I was that tired.
  • Barabell
    June 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Nope.

  • mommaFruFru
    June 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM
    Yes :/ I worked in a salon and we were so slow! And I was 8mo prego and had a hard time sleeping. I sat down in my chair and was out!
  • toopicky429
    June 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM
    Once standing up. It was so embarrassing, but I had worked 16 hours by that point. Gotta love mandatory OT.
  • Jinx-Troublex3
    June 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM
    Yeah, lol...

    When I was pregnant with DS2, I would fall asleep at my desk. Thankfully I had a great boss! We ended up setting up a cot in an empty office and I took a 30 min lunch break (instead of an hour) and the in early afternoon, a 30 minute nap.

    When I was 18-19 in college, I fell asleep a few times working graveyard. School all day, work all night.yeah...blah.
  • dalbax2
    by dalbax2
    June 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Yes.  I worked 3rd shift at a nursing home and fell asleep on the couch during my lunch break.  Luckily my co-workers covered for me for the extra 1/2 hour I took.

  • steelcrazy
    June 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

     Yes, I used to nap on the couch in the CEO's reception area every afternoon.  I was pregnant at the time.  It wasn't a small company either, but a huge billion dollar corporation.

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