Google wants to reverse payments after accidentally transferring over US$1,000 credit to some Google Pixel users
Google has admitted to sending Google Pay credits to people in error. While the mistake only occurred in the US, it seems that countless Google Pixel owners received several payments into their Google Pay accounts. For reference, all credits were distributed as 'dogfooding' for the Google Pay user experience, a term for internal feature testing.
As such, these payments were apparently sent to the wrong recipients and were never meant for public consumption. Based on a lengthy Reddit thread, the amounts gifted were generally under US$10. However, Google rewarded some people with dozens of account credits, with reports of over US$1,000 in some cases.
Unsurprisingly, Google has notified affected users that it plans to reverse these payments, with no end-user action required. The company will not ask people to return spent credits though, nor those that it cannot reclaim because of technical difficulties. Understandably, some Redditors are outraged by this approach, with different standards applied to those who used the credits compared to those that left them in their accounts.