HR Strange But True!
August 29, 2008

We've seen mistakes on paychecks, but this one is big. How off was the paycheck? Oh, it had three extra zeroes on it and would have made someone the highest paid employee in the state of Oklahoma.

The Oklahoman reports that the mistake appeared on the pay stub of an employee of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission who earned a bonus for her length of service. The bonus was supposed to be $850. Instead, the woman's pay stub showed a bonus of $850,000.

"They just told me a mistake had been made and my longevity of $850 had turned into $850,000," the employee told the newspaper.

The state says it has safeguards in place and caught the error early. The state scrambled to correct the mistake by cancelling the original check and issuing a new one with the correct bonus. Still, the state gave the woman some guidance just in case the funds ended up in her bank account via direct deposit.

"They asked me if it did hit the bank, would I please write them a personal check and return it," she told the newspaper. "I said you can have it right back, because I don't go to jail for anybody."

That's a big personal check.

Anyone who has received a bonus knows that taxes take a big chunk of the amount. What were the taxes on the erroneous bonus? The pay stub showed that taxes would have taken $450,000 of the bonus if it hadn't been issued erroneously, the newspaper reports.

Source: The Oklahoman

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