Overdraft shocker for Suffolk landlady
PUBLISHED: 15:25 11 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010
EVEN celebrity big spender Elton John would have given it a double take…but when Suffolk landlady Mary Woods read in a bank statement that she had withdrawn £23 million - in one go - the look on her face said it all.
EVEN celebrity big spender Elton John would have given it a double take…but when Suffolk landlady Mary Woods read in a bank statement that she had withdrawn £23 million – in one go – the look on her face said it all.
"I've never had anywhere near that amount of money, let alone spent it," said Mary Woods, tenant of The Crown pub in Brantham.
Luckily eagle-eyed staff at Barclays picked up the error straight away – saving the mum thousands of pounds in overdraft costs – and credited her account with the same figure.
"They even said 'we apologise for the error for which you have not been charged," laughed Mrs Woods. "I thought it was hilarious."
Becoming a millionaire overnight, without even having to phone a friend, has wetted her appetite for the good life.
"I did think an island in the Caribbean might be quite nice," she admitted.
The Evening Star preferred the option of starting up an elite pub football team. How about buying Manchester United striker Dutch man Ruud Van Nistelrooy, a snip at £19 million. That would leave enough change for Nigerian winger Finidi George, just signed to Town for a cool £3 million.
Barclays Bank were not available for comment today but Mrs Woods believes the error could have come from running the figures of two cheques together to make an eight digit number.
The exact amount withdrawn from her account according to the August statement was £22,901,139.12. The last cheque she wrote was for £229.01.
"I don't know where they got the other figure from but it could have been another cheque," she said.
Mrs Woods, who has been serving at The Crown for more than three years, is leaving the Cattawade Street watering hole next month and is set to move into Wherstead village.
"I'm going to frame the statement and hang it in my new house," she said.