Billion-Dollar Phone Bill Received by Gerard Chaussée from Orange (Picture)

By on Apr 22, 2011 in Europe, Technology, Weird, World Comments

DIJON, FranceGerard Chaussée, manager of Maison Vedrenne, a French distillery received a phone bill, pictured below, amounting to 716,414,273 euros, several international news sites reported on Tuesday. The amount was said to be equivalent to 1.02 billion US dollars.

Billion Dollar Phone Bill
The Billion-Dollar Phone Bill
Credit: / Aurélien Marty

Chaussée first thought it was a forgery. “It’s so enormous when you see it written down, you can’t believe it, so several of us had a look. At first I thought it was a forgery, what with all the things you can do with a computer these days. I looked at the bill from every angle,” Chaussée was quoted as saying.

According to the phone operator Orange, “there was a computer glitch when the bill was being printed.”

“The figure inside the computer is correct. If the client hadn’t looked at his bill, which happens sometimes, he obviously wouldn’t have had that amount taken out of his account.”

“We’re having a close look at what might have happened. Fortunately, it’s more of a fright than harm done to this customer,” Orange reportedly said.

According to , Chaussée jokingly said that the bill might be possible to be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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