Chinese man mistakenly pays over US$23,000 for a single steamed bun

Owner of takeaway outlet, whose business makes about the same amount in a year, trying to trace customer to give him refund, newspaper reports 

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2018, 2:06pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2018, 3:50pm

The owner of a takeaway food outlet in central China is trying to trace a customer who mistakenly paid almost 150,000 yuan (US$23,000) for one steamed bun, according to a newspaper report.

The man paid electronically for the bun last month at a shop in Zhengzhou, Henan province,  Zhengzhou Evening News reported. The steamed buns usually cost 1.50 yuan.

The owner, He Liuzhu, thinks the man may have entered his PIN into the area for the cost of the goods when transferring money from an electronic payment platform.

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The store owner is trying to track down the customer.

“The store has been open for seven or eight years and every month makes over 10,000 yuan,” he was quoted as saying. “The 140,000 is equivalent to a year’s income.”

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The error has been reported to the electronic payment provider Alipay, according to the report. 

The owner has also checked surveillance camera footage, but the customer bought his bun at the peak sales time of 5pm and could not be distinguished among the crowds, the article said.