Million Dollar Electric Bill
Some people have nightmares of utility bills they can’t afford. For single mom Kristin Harriger, that nightmare came true.
Potentia Energy, the electric company that services Abilene, Texas issued Kristin a bill for $1,381,783.92.
“I work on a budget. I’m a single mom with an autistic child who tries to make ends meet,” she told Business Insider. “I get my bills and I pay them.”
How no one caught the error prior to being issued is amazing. Kristin was grateful her bills are not on automated payments.
After sending a photo of the bill to friends and family, she phoned the energy company. Potentia acknowledged that their was a slight computing error.
Rather than charging the usual $0.09 per kilowatt hour (kWh), Harriger had been billed a whopping 100,000 cents ($1,000) per kwh.
“I’m glad I didn’t have autopayments (set up), I’ll tell you that,” she said.
Potentia Energy promised the single mother a corrected bill; two weeks later she has yet to receive it.
I’m still waiting,” said Harriger, who usually pays her bills early and online. “I’ve been with this company for almost a year and a half and I’ve never had a bill like this.”