Bills are one of those things in life that no one likes but we all have to face. Like wasps, it seems that bills serve no purpose other than to annoy you. However, while the majority of us are able to deal with our bills (albeit through gritted teeth), other people struggle to handle the expenses.
One person who was faced with the daunting task of paying an excessive bill was Mary Horomanski, from Pennsylvania. The 58-year-old usually manages to deal with her bills with little to no issues, but she was “shocked” to find out exactly how much her electricity company were asking her for when she opened her most recent statement this month.
Horomanski, opened her December bill to find out that she “owed” more than $284billion to Penelec. The woman, from Eire, Pennsylvania, said that she was obviously not expecting to owe such a vast amount of money.
“My eyes just about popped out of my head,” said Horomanski. “We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong.”
However, the company did have some “good” news for Mary – she didn’t have to pay the entire $284,460,000,000 until November 2018, all she had to cough up for December was “only” $28,156.
Obviously shocked by the amount the company claimed that she owed, Mary quickly texted her son, asking him to get in touch with the electricity company in order to query the extreme bill. Penelec was quick to reassure the family that there was an error on the bill, and Mary didn’t actually owe them $284billion – a number which is higher than the combined national debts of both Hungary and South Africa.
Penelec re-issued the bill, with the new amount owed being adjusted to a much more reasonable payment of $284.46
Mark Durbin, a spokesman for Penelec’s parent company, First Energy, said that he was perplexed how such a massive mistake could’ve happened and went on to say that it is the first billion dollar bill that he had ever seen in his time working at the company.
“I can’t recall ever seeing a bill for billions of dollars,” Durbin said. “We appreciate the customer’s willingness to reach out to us about the mistake.”
However, rather than being annoyed about the whole ordeal, Mary saw the funny side of it all. When asked about how it had affected her holiday season, Mary said that she had asked her son for a new Christmas present once she had seen the bill.
‘I told him I want a heart monitor,’ she said.
A $284 billion electricity bill won’t feature on many people’s Christmas lists, although fair play to Mary for being able to laugh the whole ordeal off. Having a look at it, not even Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos could afford that bill, even if they put all their monetary wealth together to try and pay it off!