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$284 Billion Electric Bill Shocks Pennsylvania Woman

$284 Billion Electric Bill Shocks Pennsylvania Woman


By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 09:29 AM

A $284 billion electric bill shocked a Pennsylvania woman, who was told she had until November 2018 to pay the full amount, Fox News reported.

Erie homeowner Mary Horomanski could not believe her eyes when she checked her account statement online earlier this month only to find that her electric provider, Penelec, was charging her $284,460,000,000. Her minimum payment for Dec. was $28,156.

"My eyes just about popped out of my head," she told the Erie Times-News. "We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong."

The 58-year-old woman contacted her son, who immediately queried the outlandish amount with Penelec.

Luckily it turned out to be an error, albeit a potentially expensive one, and the bill was amended to the correct amount of $284.46.

According to Fox News, Penelec spokesman Mark Durbin said the decimal in the amount owing was somehow moved.

"I can't recall ever seeing a bill for billions of dollars," he said. "We appreciate the customer's willingness to reach out to us about the mistake."

Despite her initial shock Horomanski was able to maintain a sense of humor, which even provided inspiration to her son for her holiday gift.

"I told him I want a heart rate monitor," said Horomanski, according to The Daily Mail.

According to personal finance website WalletHub, energy costs amount to between 5 percent and 22 percent of families' total after-tax income, with those in the lower income bracket paying the highest of that range.

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