In England, the Birmingham City Council ordered 25 tons of lard (pig-fat) to supply its 480 school kitchens.
Unfortunately, the decimal point was misplaced, and the order fulfilled was for 250 tons of lard.
After a seven-year legal battle, the Council settled with the distributor out-of-court for £123,000 plus court costs.
Despite the Council's claims, the distributor stated that the "errant" order was a contract. And the council claimed that the distributor should have flagged the error, as no one would ever order that amount of lard.
Note: One ton of lard has a volume of about 277 gallons...so 250 tons would be how great in volume? A swimming pool? A class room? A gymnasium? etc.
Source: Times Education Supplement, 1/24/2013