An error left Mary Horomanski of Erire Pa. with a $284 billion electric bill
27 December, 2017, 04:48
Her son quickly contacted Penelec - and was told it was an error.
A Pennsylvania woman checked her electric bill earlier this month and found she owed more than $28 billion.
But until the error was figured out, Horomanski wondered if maybe her family was at fault.
"We had Christmas lights outside, but we don't have the '[National Lampoon's] Christmas Vacation' lights", Horomanski said. She was charged $284 billion by Penelec, her electricity provider. But at least not a figure that threatened to send her into cardiac arrest. She told her son to give her a heart beat monitor as a Christmas present.
According to the Erie Times-News, Mary Horomanski says, "my eyes just about popped out of my head".
Turned out, the Horomanski household didn't run up an electric bill greater than the GDP of most states. Parent company First Energy (FE) said a decimal point was accidentally moved.
"I can't recall ever seeing a bill for billions of dollars", Penelec spokesperson Mark Durbin said.
"My son Mike and I were both saying, nearly simultaneously, 'Holy bologna, could you imagine if I had that automatic payment and it just came out of the account?' " she said. The power company acknowledged the mistake and said they really appreciated the customer reaching out. "I could not stop thinking about this".
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