Either this guy got hosed by the gas company or he cooked 80 gazillion hamburgers...
Yahoo! News wrote:ZANESVILLE, Ohio - Lewis Miller joked with his son as he opened his gas bill that the amount likely would give him a heart attack. Then, he saw that The Energy Cooperative of Newark had billed him $8,095 for the first nine days of service on his new account for his apartment.
"I thought I was just going to lay down and die," Miller said. He then had an anxious weekend because he received the bill Friday and couldn't get a hold of the gas company until Monday.
When Miller reached the Energy Cooperative, the error was corrected.
Brian Byrd, a spokesman for the utility, said the company apologized to Miller for its mistake.
"These things are very rare, but they can happen," Byrd said.
The company suspects that a contractor mixed up or misread the numbers while taking a reading of Miller's meter. The information is downloaded into a computer that checks for billing errors by looking at what a customer was charged in the past. Since Miller's account was new, there was nothing to compare it to, Byrd said.
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This reminds me of a townhouse I lived in during college. One of the hands on the meter was off, so one month our utility bill was $100 and the next month it would be $300. It was SUCH a pain in the a$$.
I remember a news story from a couple months ago. Where the energy company had messed up when reading a guys meter. He had payed it for like 4 years. They ended up reimbursing him like $3k even though they only had to reimburse him $1k by law. It was kind of wierd and freaky to think that. But who am I to say, my energy bill is about $25 a month
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