The electricity provider later said the actual amount was $284.46. She wondered if her family had put up the Christmas lights incorrectly. The "good news" was that her minimum payment was only $28,176.
"My eyes just about popped out of my head", Horomanski said.
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When an Pennsylvanian woman went online to check her electricity bill this month, she was shocked to find that she "owed" more than $284billion.
First Energy claims a decimal point was mistakenly moved to the wrong place, which sent Mary Horomanski a bill that was larger than the national debt of Argentina, New Zealand, or Taiwan.
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"It was like, well, I guess we have a year to come up with this billion-dollar bill". "We appreciate the customer's willingness to reach out to us about the mistake".
After speaking with her son, who promptly contacted the utility company, she learned that the entire episode had thankfully been nothing more than a weird error.
Ms Horomanski says the bill gave her such a fright she asked her son for a different present for Christmas this year.
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