Eyewatering 77 million baht electricity bill prompts online debate

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A woman was left reeling when her April electricity bill came in at a staggering 77 million baht, igniting a storm on social media as she joked about single-handedly powering a province. Having spotted irregularities since March, she took to Facebook to share her plight, fuelling widespread speculation of a potential system glitch.

The woman’s Facebook post went viral after she shared an image showing her electricity bill for April, amounting to an eye-watering 77,034,286 baht, with a caption that humorously suggested she might be powering the whole province.

The bill, issued by the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), sparked not only a headache for the woman but also a wave of online chatter about the possible cause of this exorbitant charge.

Further in her post, the woman pointed out that her electricity charges had been unusual since March. She detailed that her February bill was around 2,503 baht, but the following month, it surged to over 11,524 baht, an increase of more than 8,000 baht.

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This sudden and steep rise in her electricity costs was unusual, and the latest bill was simply beyond comprehension.

The online community quickly took to the comments, with many suspecting a mistake in the system or a human error in entering the figures.

The shockingly high bill led to discussions about the reliability of billing systems and the need for prompt resolutions to such alarming errors.

“I might as well have used up the entire province’s electricity supply with a bill like this.”

Her post, laden with a mix of bewilderment and humour, resonated with many who found themselves dumbfounded by the magnitude of the error.

Amidst the humour and shock, serious concerns were raised about the potential stress and inconvenience caused by such a massive billing error.

The PEA has yet to make a formal statement regarding the incident. Nonetheless, it highlighted the need for modernising and ensuring the accuracy of automated systems to prevent such startling mistakes from recurring.

The woman’s experience served as a reminder of not only the importance of monitoring utility bills but more importantly the critical role that accurate billing plays in maintaining trust between service providers and consumers, reported Sanook.

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Samantha Rose

Samantha was a successful freelance journalist who worked with international news organisations before joining Thaiger. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from London, her global perspective on news and current affairs is influenced by her days in the UK, Singapore, and across Thailand. She now covers general stories related to Thailand.

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