That’s what happened to Kristin Harriger, who says the bill she recently got in mail made her do a double take.
The single mom from Abilene, Texas was billed for over $1.3 million – $1,381,783.92 to be exact.
“I opened it. I read it. Then just went, ‘Oh, my gosh. That’s a lot of money,” Harriger said.
At first, she thought it was a joke and shared pictures of it with her friends.
After contacting Potentia Energy, her local utility company, she found out that it was no joke, but rather a computing glitch. Instead of charging her the usual $0.09 per kilowatt-hour, the utility company had mistakenly charged her $1,000 per kilowatt hour.
“I’m glad I didn’t have autopayments,” Harriger said of the massive bill.
The company has acknowledged the error and says a corrected bill would be sent to Harringer.
In the meantime, she has set aside $150 to pay the new bill once it arrives.
“I work on a budget,” she says. “I’m a single mom with an autistic child who tries to make ends meet. … I get my bills and I pay them.”
Except when they’re for $1.3 million.
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- $1.3 million utility bill shocks Texas woman (examiner.com)