Mary Horomanski had to wonder if Penelec, her electric company, raised their rates when she found her balance for November was $284,460,000,000.
An Erie, Pennsylvania woman was surprised this week with an electric bill which equaled almost the entire GDP of the country of Chile, the Erie Times-News reported.
Mary Horomanski, 58, was told she had to pay the full amount within a year.
REUTERS/Rick WilkingU.S. currency and coins in a vault at a bank in Westminster, Colorado. Naturally, she blamed her Christmas lights.
The "good news" was that her minimum payment was only $28,176. A call from Horomanski's son fixed things right up, as Fox News reported.
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Horomanski says after getting the $284 billion bill, she told her son she wanted a heart monitor for Christmas.
"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.
A Pennsylvania woman thought the electric bill she racked up might have something to do with her Christmas lights, but then she thought about the billions she owed and knew there must have been a mistake. The power company acknowledged the mistake and said they really appreciated the customer reaching out.
Horomanski's son contacted Penelac, her electric provider, who confirmed the error.