US woman gets $400b electricity bill

"We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong."
"We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong." Photo credit: Getty

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

Mary Horomanski, 58, was told she had to pay the full amount within a year.

"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."

Fortunately, a spokesperson for the energy company said the bill was an error after a decimal point was 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."

The correct amount was US$284.46.

Ms Horomanski says the bill gave her such a fright she asked her son for a different present for Christmas this year.

"I told him I want a heart monitor," she said to the Erie Times-News.

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