# Erie woman receives \$284 billion electric bill

• “I can’t recall ever seeing a bill for billions of dollars,” Durbin said. “We appreciate the customer’s willingness to reach out to us about the mistake.”

Or she could've just shrugged her shoulders and coughed up the \$284 billion?

• First thought was: obviously something like an underflow.
But wait, that would only be 2.1 billion, so it's some other

Filed under: Error'd.

• First thought was: obviously something like an underflow.
But wait, that would only be 2.1 billion, so it's some other

Filed under: Error'd.

Maybe the underflow is somewhere else in the formula.

• @ben_lubar Maybe they're storing an integer number of cents rather than mucking about with decimals, and somebody put the wrong exponent in front of the ten.

• My thought is just a fault in the meter.

• My thought is just a fault in the meter.

Maybe they installed it backward, and all the reads were negative.

• @ben_lubar Maybe they're storing an integer number of cents rather than mucking about with decimals, and somebody put the wrong exponent in front of the ten.

That would still be \$214B, not \$284B.

• Cross-posting @chozang said in In other news today...:

Wasn't sure if this belonged in SideBar WTF.

• @ben_lubar Maybe they're storing an integer number of cents rather than mucking about with decimals, and somebody put the wrong exponent in front of the ten.

That would still be \$214B, not \$284B.

Maybe her real bill was \$70B and they got added together.

• A security camera still from the electricity company office has turned up that shows the reason for the extra zeros:

• Or she could've just shrugged her shoulders and coughed up the \$284 billion?

Might as well buy the company at that point.

• Spoiler Alert: She invented the first time machine

• Spoiler Alert: She has produced the world's best fusion generator to date. In that same month she produced \$11 worth of electricity.

• @polygeekery
Sadly, all of the electricity was consumed by the Hyperloop prototype, so she didn't actually get to sell it onto the grid.

• What, the utility company didn't blame her for the error?

• @polygeekery
Sadly, all of the electricity was consumed by the Hyperloop prototype, so she didn't actually get to sell it onto the grid.

On the bright side, it did transport 4.75 people 1 mile.

• 4.75 people 1 mile.

I think she converted the wrong unit to metric

• @polygeekery
Sadly, all of the electricity was consumed by the Hyperloop prototype, so she didn't actually get to sell it onto the grid.

On the bright side, it did transport 4.75 people 1 mile.

In how many pieces, though?

• @polygeekery
Sadly, all of the electricity was consumed by the Hyperloop prototype, so she didn't actually get to sell it onto the grid.

On the bright side, it did transport 4.75 people 1 mile.

In how many pieces, though?

That's the missing 0.25.

• @polygeekery
Sadly, all of the electricity was consumed by the Hyperloop prototype, so she didn't actually get to sell it onto the grid.

On the bright side, it did transport 4.75 people 1 mile.

In how many pieces, though?

Hopefully no more than 6.

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