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Bank supervisor cleared of blame after clerk falls asleep with finger on keyboard, resulting in €222,222,222.22 transaction

By John Hall

A German court has ruled that a bank supervisor was unfairly dismissed for failing to double check a €222,222,222.22 transaction made when a clerk fell asleep with his finger on a keyboard.

The 48-year-old was fired for failing to investigate the accidental multi-million euro transfer, which took place when a junior clerk started dozing at his desk with his finger resting on the 'number two' key. He had been attempting a transfer of just €64.20 at the time.

Judges at Hesse labour court ruled that the supervisor's failure to spot the error was not worthy of dismissal, however. They instead decided that the supervisor, who had been employed by the company since 1986, should only have been reprimanded over the incident.

The judges pointed out the woman had already checked 812 transactions that day, and was allowed just a few seconds to check each one for irregularities and errors.

They added that it was clear there had been no malicious intent on the supervisor’s behalf, saying she should have received a warning.

As a result the judges ordered the bank reinstate the supervisor, saying her work contract could never have been terminated.

Fortunately for the company, the huge deposit was spotted by a third employee later in the day and corrected before any money was actually transferred.

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