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(ABC News)   Fourteen-hundred power-company customers in Texas get billion-dollar monthly bills. Utility claims it was a printing error; mumbles that had it only worked ONCE, they'd be set   ( divider line
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2007-02-21 06:04:29 PM  
Wonder if anyone paid it?

2007-02-21 06:17:13 PM  
Man, my wife would have fainted if she opened up the bill. Yeah, she's gullible like that.
2007-02-21 06:22:02 PM  
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2007-02-21 09:27:21 PM  
Is Enron back in business?
2007-02-21 09:46:07 PM  
2007-02-21 06:04:29 PM mancheese

I set up a payment plan, though the payments end in 3045....

/not a TX resident
2007-02-21 10:09:59 PM  
Wonder what happened for those with automatic bank draft payment.

/Did not read
2007-02-21 10:12:35 PM  
I thought Enron went out of business years ago. Is this the ghost of Ken Lay?
2007-02-21 10:13:46 PM  
Darn, beaten to it. Good job ZAZ.
2007-02-21 10:17:53 PM  
The utility records were correct, it was just a printing error... so the autodraft folks probably came out ok.

Man, if this happened where I work (we send out 1.3 million bills/month) I can only imagine the heads that would roll. Not mine of course, but damn - that's bad...
2007-02-21 10:22:14 PM  
This is what happens when you go to war for oil.

/not really
2007-02-21 10:22:26 PM  
I once got a bill from my water company for something like $11,000. Actually, it was a really weird specific amount. Happened to my neighbor too, and he had a different specific amount. Needless to say, I didn't bother to pay it, and shortly thereafter received a bill for the correct amount.

How is this news?

/forgot where I was for a moment, sorry.
2007-02-21 10:31:14 PM  
meanwhile, these kind of bills are the norm here in L.I.
2007-02-21 10:31:39 PM  
God bless them if they had auto pay
2007-02-21 10:35:36 PM  
Utility CEO:

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2007-02-21 10:39:45 PM  
Somebody is a very very Bad person
2007-02-21 11:01:01 PM  
"Here, sweetheart pay the electric bill this month and I'll pay all the others."

/Including the $20,000 hooker bill.
2007-02-21 11:02:43 PM  
PhillySteve: Somebody is a very very Bad person

Yeah, but what am I going to do with 40 subscriptions to Vibe?
2007-02-21 11:05:39 PM  
+ an invisible 1 schmitty
2007-02-21 11:09:22 PM  
Must be a Texas thing... When I moved to Texarkana, the electric company hit me with a $686 bill. Turns out they read my meter wrong or something... But considering it was my first month on my own and a thousand miles away from home, I was freaking out.
2007-02-21 11:17:04 PM  
Power to the people

/ If ya pay yo farking big butt bill.
2007-02-21 11:52:27 PM  
Due initially to an error on the bank's part - an ATM machine that ate my card and froze at the very point it was supposed to deliver cash to me - a purchase I made by check at a K-Mart bounced, as an electronic transaction between the store's and bank's computer.

This caused the balance to drop by the bank's charge for a bounced check.

By state law the store was also entitled to charge a fee, I think $50, of people cashing bogus checks, and the Kmart computer gleefully did so, before again attempting to electronically withdraw, this time the sum of original charge and bad check fee. Which resulted in an additional bounced check fee and another $50 charge from K-mart. And so on, a total of 255 times before the K-mart computer gave up. Evidently this occurred over about half an hour.

A couple of days later I received the news that my account had a balance of about minus $6000, after the phantom $100 from the ATM had been credited again. Initially the bank employee told me it was because of the 255 bad checks I had written at K-Mart, until the truth came out. The moran at the store who tried to insist that I still legally owed them over $12,000 for the bounces, whatever the cause, ended up costing me much more time and trouble.
2007-02-21 11:54:31 PM  
I had to check which electric company. I never actually open them because I pay them online, but as long as they don't offer a monthly discount for ending paper bills I'm gonna make 'em pay.

I wonder if you can sue for emotional trauma in the event of a rediculous bill.
2007-02-21 11:59:49 PM  
/pulls mask off of power corp exec
//Mr Scithers, the amusement park owner!
///And I would have got away with it too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!
2007-02-22 12:05:12 AM  
I once tried to place on my cellphone only to get the message my account was suspended because my bill hadn't been paid for 6 months. I found this odd since it was on auto-pay to be withdrawn automatically. I had regularly seen the charge so I knew the bill was being paid. After nearly 3 hours on the phone with Verizon it came out that the money was being withdrawn from my bank account but it was not being credited to my cell account. After fixing the error the customer rep told me I still owed 3 months of fees because she could only take off the latest 3 months. After flipping out again her boss cancled those fees, and after me flipping out again for good measure they gave me a free month.
2007-02-22 12:11:16 AM  
Insert Superman III stills here.
2007-02-22 12:26:43 AM  
[image from too old to be available]
ONE show.
2007-02-22 01:42:35 AM  
mycroft's at work, once again.

/just reread the book.
2007-02-22 07:06:53 AM  
Comrade Selene?
2007-02-22 07:45:25 AM  
Is funny-once joke, Mike. Not funny second time.
2007-02-22 08:06:06 AM  
Someone is trying to test the flux capacitor in their basement...
2007-02-22 07:02:58 PM  
It happened because of the Extended Daylight Savings problem. This is only the beginning.
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