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Gas company sends man €30,000 bill

The Local · 23 Dec 2011, 14:31

Published: 23 Dec 2011 14:31 GMT+01:00

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The bill came a week after the Gasag gas company stopped providing energy to 56-year-old Mario Romanowski’s 70-square-metre home in Berlin’s Spandau district.

It claimed Romanowski had used 497,437 kilowatts of energy between October 1 and December 7 and demanded exactly €29,665.25, the BZ newspaper reported.

“I worked out that this would be six kilowatts per minute,” Romanowski told the newspaper, explaining that normally the bill for his three room apartment is only €30. “Our kitchen would theoretically be glowing.”

A spokeswoman for the Gasag gas company admitted that Romanowski had fallen victim to a “meter reading error.”

“We have corrected it and apologized to the customer," she told the BZ.

But Romanowski said this gesture wasn’t enough and told the newspaper that he was demanding compensation for the “psychological terror” that he, his wife and two children have been put through.

Nonetheless the gas will remain off for the time being because Gasag says Romanowski owes €500 in unpaid bills. This time there's no mistake, according to BZ.

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03:27 December 24, 2011 by ron1amr
The bills are for 67 days? Every two months. So meaning if Mr Romanowski owes

€500 means he has missed about 16 payments. Wouldn't he have had warnings after only two unpaid gas bills?
22:03 December 27, 2011 by romber58
"Psychological terror" he is claiming money for???

He lives off the taxpayer in Spandau,has got his name and pic in the paper and is the flavour off the moment to his mates.Some people have no shame.
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