Meal costs man $23 quadrillion

Jon Seale's bill.
Jon Seale's bill.

(NBC) - A north Texas man ended up with a charge on his Visa bill that's more than 2000 times the U.S. National debt.

"I have never seen a number that big before, let alone with a dollar sign beside it," says card holder Jon Seale. "It's 23 quadrillion, 148 trillion, 855 billion, 308 million, 184 thousand and 5 hundred dollars."

According to Seale's online credit card statement, that's the amount he spent July 13th at a Dallas restaurant.

Trying to clear his credit, this husband and father of five spent the day making calls to Wachovia and Visa.

Seale got a laugh when an on-hold recording chirped "If you are calling about an incorrect balance we are working diligently to resolve the issue."

And what was behind this multi-quadrillion dollar bill?

A temporary programming error affecting a small number of Visa prepaid accounts, according to a spokesperson for the credit card company.

Seale laughed, saying he was never worried about paying the bill because it was a "glarring error."