Falling asleep ‘for an instant’ was reason for the massive error.
Sadly for the pensioner whose account received hundreds of millions of euros more than the intended transfer amount, the funds were quickly swept away again.
The boss of the bank clerk who made the error was fired for letting the mistake slip through.
A court in the state of Hesse, central Germany, heard that the clerk was supposed to transfer just €62.40 (£53) from a bank account belonging to a retiree.
But instead ‘fell asleep for an instant, while pushing onto the number 2 key on the keyboard’. That ‘instant’ resulted in a multimillion-euros transfer instead. In fact the pensioner received a huge €222,222,222.22 that day. The bank discovered the mistake shortly afterwards and corrected the error, but the clerk’s boss was fired.