Using Apple Pay for purchases

Woman charged £1,599 for bunch of bananas

A woman from London was erroneously charged more than £1,599 for a bunch of bananas in UK supermarket chain Marks & Spencer. As she was using Apple Pay to pay for her shopping, she unfortunately had no cap on her payment.

Cymbre Barnes went in a London branch of M&S on her way to work to grab some food for the day, including a £1 bunch of bananas. She used Apple Pay (which has no limit on the amount you can spend) at the checkout and didn't realise until it was too late that there had been a big mistake.

To Barnes' dismay, a faulty till which caused an "isolated payment error" charged the poor woman £1,599 (more than $2,200) for the bananas. Her total shop should have cost £4, but ended up being £1,602.

The fault had nothing to do with Apple Pay, but rather the M&S self-service checkout the woman was using, however, because Apple Pay does not have a payment limit in most supported UK retailers the payment went through no problem, leaving Barnes £1,602 out of pocket with nothing but bananas to show for it.


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