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Pennsylvania woman stunned by $284 billion electric bill

Pennsylvania woman stunned by $284 billion electric bill

A United States woman got the shock of her life after receiving an electricity bill of US$284.46 billion (NZ$404.53 billion).

"My eyes just about popped out of my head", the 58-year-old told Erie Times-News, describing her shock when checking her bill online.

After reaching out to the electric company, the bill was soon corrected to $284.46.

The "good news" was that her minimum payment was only $28,176. Her son took the matter up with the electricity providers, who later confirmed that there indeed was an error in the monthly statement.

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"I can't recall ever seeing a bill for billions of dollars", said Mark Durbin, a spokesman for Penelec's parent company First Energy, in an interview. Obviously, that total was still a bit outside what the Horomanski family was accustomed to paying, so she grabbed her phone and tried to get to the bottom of it all.

Horomanski, suspecting that something was off with her bill, sent a text message to her son to contact the electric company about the issue.

Horomanski told the Erie Times-News the $284 billion bill also caused her to ask her son for a different Christmas present this year. Somehow, a decimal place in the customer's normal bill total took a bit of a holiday vacation and traveled several decimal places to the right, turning a $284.46 total into something much, much higher.

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