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New York City man gets a $38 million power bill

Posted at 9:43 AM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 10:45:02-04

Whoops. A New York power company sends a multi-million-dollar bill to one of its customers.

Tommy Straub received the bill totaling $37,974,401.35.

A New York City man gets a $38 million power bill after an error by electric company Con Edison. (WNBC)


Figuring it was a mistake, Straub decided to take a photo of the bill and share it online.

He also sent “Con Edison” a tweet writing quote, “I own a 600 square foot apartment in Astoria, Queens. I do not own the entirety of Manhattan Island. This is insane. Fix it.”

Straub says he has no problem with the utility company and was pleased to receive a quick response.

“He said he’s very sorry. Ya know, Con Ed apologized. They said you do not owe us 37-million-dollars… ((Laughs)) and they assured me that there was no issue.”

A reporter asked, “Should your first step have been to contact coned directly, instead of via tweet?”

Straub said, “I think so, but it probably at my, ya know people who are my age or 27 or so I just figured, ‘you know what, I’ll just send them a tweet, and see if they direct message me in the morning.”

In the end, the issue was resolved with Straub paying $77.14.

“Con Ed,” says it has no record of the online payment field generating the original amount.