Asda has been forced to apologise after it charged an unsuspecting shopper over £930 for one single banana, causing her food shop to total over £1,000. Bobbie Gordon assumed her local shop had simply made a typo when they emailed her receipt for her online shop and it appeared to list her single banana, which usually retails at 11p, listed as £930.11. Initially, Bobbie assumed that it must have been a typo from the company, but probably wouldn't actually effect her bank balance. She was wrong. When she looked in her bank account she had been charged over £1000 for her bog standard weekly shop, with the offending banana sending the bill to stratospheric heights.
@AsdaServiceTeam @BBCNottingham My online delivery arrived. I’ve been charged £930.11 for 1 banana? I am going to be pretty livid if my card has been charged over £1k that my delivery note states!?! #asda #wtf #nottingham pic.twitter.com/czeUOxAUpR— Bobbie Gordon (@bobbiesgordon) April 17, 2018
Luckily, Bobbie's credit card company knew something was up and the fraud team prevented the payment from going through, sending her a text to let her know about the situation. Asda have since apparently rung her to apologise and explained that the mistake was due to a computer error and tweeted her back saying: “Whoops, looks like we’ve slipped up here. Whilst our bananas are excellent, even we agree that they are not worth that much and clearly there has been a glitch in our system. We would like to thank Ms Gordon for keeping her eyes peeled and flagging this error to us and we are investigating to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
Ms Gordon, from Sherwood in Nottingham, took a self of humour about the experience saying: "I didn't think they would actually charge me until I got an automatic text from my card's fraud department querying the transaction. I told my seven-year-old 'you must really enjoy this banana, you must cherish every mouthful'." Some have dubbed her £930 banana 'slip up' as #bananagate and puns have been abound, with one Twitter user writing: “A most unapeeling slip up" and another cracking a classic Brexit joke by writing "Ahhh that's a *European* banana. The straight ones are only 11p. #bananagate #brexit." The real question here is... who orders one single banana?