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Man Gets $12,000 Electric Bill

April 4, 2003

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) _ Randy Carroll got quite a shock when his electric bill arrived this week.

For 33 days of service, he was charged $12,344.16.

``It was April Fool’s Day, and I thought someone was playing a joke on me,″ said Carroll, who lives in a small, two-bedroom house.

It turned out it was a real bill. But the amount was wrong.

A glitch in Municipal Light and Water’s new billing software caused Carroll’s bill to show he used 310,421 kilowatts. Usually, he uses about 300.

Carroll’s bill has now been straightened out.

The real amount due: $26.26.

``That,″ he said, ``I can handle.″

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