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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fail Alert: Does the San Francisco Chronicle Cost Just 3/4 of a Cent? [Photo]

Chronicle Error Fail

Here's a peculiar photo I took a few weeks back. I was having a nice scoop of sherbet at Joe's Ice Cream and was looking at the newspaper machines just in front of the establishment. The Chronicle's yellow machine said the price of a Monday-Saturday newspaper is just ".75¢" which made me think about that price.

.75¢ means 3/4 of one penny (or $0.0075); if you remove the dot, 75¢ means $0.75 or 3/4 of one dollar.

If you seem confused, so was I. Here's an easier way to think of it: Let's say the sticker price on the machine said 1.75¢, then that would mean it would be one cent plus 3/4ths of a cent to buy a newspaper.

Hmmm, I wonder if I cut a quarter of a penny and drop it in the machine, would I get a newspaper? Okay, it's just a fun question and blog post, and we all know it costs $0.75 to buy a paper, and the machine doesn't accept pennies.

Even then, some crazed-up lawyer could think about suing the Chron for misleading customers by not selling the paper for the advertised price.

I have a good eye to seek out fails!

1 comment:

Zach said...

You might be interested in http://verizonmath.blogspot.com/, which is a tale about Verizon not knowing the difference between ".002 cents per kilobyte" and "$.002/KB." Their reps had a complete inability to understand the difference.

And since Verizon's billing department doesn't understand math, xkcd offers this approach: http://xkcd.com/verizon/