The AP wire service reported yesterday that last Wednesday a computer problem caused a parking machine dispensing windshield parking permits to multiply the amount of time a motorist bought using their bank debit cards by 10,000, and automatically deducted it from their bank accounts. At least 26 motorists in the central Norwegian city of Trondheim were affected.
Motorists who parked were charged between $37,000 and $148,000, which resulted in over-drawn and frozen bank accounts.
City and bank officials said that they are trying to clear the accounts by the end of this weekend.
The parking company offered no explanation on why the error occurred only on this one machine.