United States woman gets $400b electricity bill

"We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong", she added, recalling the moment she went online to check how much she owes Penelec for the month.

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

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Horomanski told Go Erie that her eyes "just about popped out of [her] head" when she saw it. The company said she just had to make a minimum payment of $28,000 by the end of December.

She was told she had until November 2018 to pay off the massive bill.

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After discovering the bill, Horomanski had her son call Penelec, Horomanski's electric supplier, for an explanation. The error was fixed to the right amount: $284.46. Horomanski has got over her scare now and can even make jokes about the incident. "I told him I want a heart monitor", Horomanski said jokingly, referring to the Christmas present she demanded from her son for this year. The power company acknowledged the mistake and said they really appreciated the customer reaching out.

After speaking with her son, who promptly contacted the utility company, she learned that the entire episode had thankfully been nothing more than a freaky error.

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A spokesperson for the company couldn't explain exactly how it happened but noted that he had never seen anything like it.

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