A Pennsylvania woman was shocked after she checked her monthly electricity bill earlier in December. She was reportedly slapped with an electric bill of $284 billion.
The 58-year-old Mary Horomanski, said that she got the shock of her life after seeing the bill, and started wondering if it was because of the way she had put up her Christmas lights which amounted to the humongous bill.
“My eyes just about popped out of my head,” Erie homeowner Mary Horomanski, 58, said. “We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong.”
Horomanski said that she checked her account statement for her electricity bill online and was taken aback when she saw $284,460,000,000 as her bill amount on the screen. Her electric provider is Penelec.
Horomanski was told that she had until November 2018 to pay the entire amount mentioned in the bill. Her first payment for December was $28,156.
The hundred billion dollar bill worried the family and Horomanki’s son called Penelec to inquire about the absurd amount. The electric provider then fixed the statement and said that the actual electric amount she owed for the month was $284.46 and not the billion dollars mentioned in the bill, according to reports.
The woman shared a picture of the bill on Facebook along with the caption saying: “My question would be to send to Penelec… Have your rates increased. If so has anyone been notified? Because I’m pretty sure this bill alone reflex much more then that . If I’m not mistaken , it’s probably higher then the national debt. Although you actually give us until Nov 22 , 2018 to pay that but your looking for a current amount of $28,000 plus. So if we sell everything we own & then some just maybe in 100 years it just may be paid off. Any thoughts on this?”
A Penelec spokesman Mark Dublin provided an explanation for the error and said that the decimal point in the bill somehow was in the wrong place.
“I can’t recall ever seeing a bill for billions of dollars,” Durbin told the Erie Times-News. “We appreciate the customer’s willingness to reach out to us about the mistake.”