his is a story about two people who are probably having a much worse week than you are. One of those people is Sibongile Mani, a female student at Walter Sisulu University in Eastern Cape province in South Africa, and at first, her week wasn't so bad at all. Intellimali, a company responsible for administering student funds, made a clerical error that turned her from a starving student on a Ramen noodle budget to a high roller overnight.
But as with most stories that begin with found money, this didn't end well...
One way to go into a massive amount of student debt is to take out a big loan.
Another is to take advantage of a clear accounting mistake and end up on the hook for a misplaced decimal point.
That’s what happened to Sibongile Mani from South Africa, who found quite a surprise when she checked her account balance.
Though she was meant to only receive $100 for books and supplies, a clerical error made by Intellimali accidentally put six more zeroes on the end of that.
Suddenly, she had $1,000,000.00 and no idea what to do with it.
That’s right, Mani actually received one million dollars.
And while she apparently called to confirm the deposit and was told it was correct, it very obviously was not.
Still, that didn’t stop her from going on a two month spending spree. Because, really, what else was a young person going to do with found money?
This may not have been the most responsible thing in the world, but think of it this way: at least she kept going to class?
Other students began to slowly see that something was amiss when they noticed that Mani's spending habits had changed.
It’s always a bit jarring when your roommate goes from sleeping on a twin bed to a literal pile of money.
But this is where things started to go sour for the newly minted scholar…