Woman hit with $284 billion electric bill

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(FOX NEWS) – A Pennsylvania utility customer got the shock of her life after checking on her monthly electric bill and seeing that she owed $284 billion.

“My eyes just about popped out of my head,” Erie homeowner Mary Horomanski, 58, told the Erie Times-News. “We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong.”

Horomanski checked her account statement online in early December and saw that she was being zapped for $284,460,000,000 by Penelec, her electric provider.

She was told she had until November 2018 to pay the entire amount. Her first payment for December was only $28,156.

After a call from Horomanki’s son, Penelec fixed the statement to show that the actual balance was $284.46, the paper reported.

Penelec spokesman Mark Durbin said somehow the decimal point was in the wrong spot.

“I can’t recall ever seeing a bill for billions of dollars,” Durbin told the paper. “We appreciate the customer’s willingness to reach out to us about the mistake.”

Horomanski told her son she had a better idea for a Christmas gift after she saw the $284 billion bill, according to the paper.

“I told him I want a heart monitor,” she said.

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5 comments

  1. The number $ 284,460,000,000 is in fact in Billions not Millions. Also, the excuse of the decimal point in the wrong place is nonsense. Look at the 12 figures and tell me which decimal point to remove and make it right at $284,46 It's not the first time Energy companies around the world have sent out ridiculous bills like this. Their human input into their computers are sometimes erroneous, and very distressing to the householder.

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    • rounding errors.

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    • "The number $ 284,460,000,000 is in fact in Billions not Millions".. Pretty sure you where the first to mention millions. Cant see it in the article. Secondly billions can be referred to as thousands of millions. Many languages dont have the word billion. They just say thousands of millions..and that looks totally like a decimal issue

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