Talk on the phone a lot, do you? Probably not as much as this French woman does, or so the phone company alleges. Solenne San Jose received a 12 quadrillion euro phone bill (or 15.5 quadrillion US dollars) and when she saw the amount, she knew, obviously, there had been some sort of mistake. I mean, when there are more zeros on your bill than there are words, you know you've got problems.
San Jose dialed up Bouygues Telecom expecting, you know, an apology and maybe a good laugh or something, but what she got, instead, was something not so much funny ha-ha, but more like funny living-nightmare.
The company told her that her bill could not be changed, and if San Jose liked, they could just take the money directly out of her bank account. Then, after some "frantic phone calls", the phone company agreed, finally ... to let her pay using an installment plan.
L.O. mother trucking L.
Things eventually got worked out and San Jose only ponied up the 117 euros she owed, but believe it or not, this isn't the first time a poor soul has ever received a hilariously erroneous bill.
A woman in Colorado got a water bill for $50,000 due to a broken meter, and a Chicago area family was billed $107,000 for one month's electricity. The electric company thought they used over 1.6 million kilowatts, which, come on, only the Christmas light-loving Griswalds could rack up a bill like that.
I'd like to see my phone, electric or cable company charge me hundreds of thousands, if not quadrillions, of dollars. Go ahead, try and take that out of my bank account. Joke would be on them.
Have you ever gotten a hilariously high bill?
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