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Woman laughs off million dollar electric bill; husband ‘nearly had heart attack’

Yafit from Rosh Ha’ayin jokes that massive amount must have been from leaving on the AC for too long; electric company admits to ‘human error’

Illustrative image of an Israel Electric Corporation worker raised by a crane to a utility pole to perform maintenance works, outside Jerusalem on June 10, 2013. (Flash 90)
Illustrative image of an Israel Electric Corporation worker raised by a crane to a utility pole to perform maintenance works, outside Jerusalem on June 10, 2013. (Flash 90)

A woman from Rosh Ha’ayin in central Israel almost fell from her chair when she read her latest electric bill, which charged her NIS 2,947,671.97 ($913,123) for the last two months of service.

“My husband almost had a heart attack!” Yafit told Channel 12 on Wednesday.

But upon realizing that such a massive number had to have been the result of an error by the Israel Electric Corporation, Yafit was able to laugh off the initial scare.

“We joked that we had forgotten to turn off the hot water heater,” she said.

Yafit shared a picture of the bill on a popular Facebook group for Israeli women with the caption, “and this, my friends, is what happens when you leave the air conditioner on all summer in my estate in Rosh Ha’ayin.” The post went viral, garnering thousands of likes and reactions.

As a result, a representative from the Israel Electric Corporation reached out to Yafit. “The clerk thought I was messing with her,” she said.

Realizing that the number on the bill had indeed been nearly three million shekels, the customer service representative corrected the mistake in the IEC’s system and sent the family a new bill.

A statement from the IEC said the astronomical bill had been the result of a “human error.”

The statement went on to point out that electricity prices in Israel are lower than those in Europe.

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