Thursday, 28 July 2011

Shop owner shocked at £40,000 electricity bill due to meter reading errors

A CONVENIENCE store owner fears he will go bust after being sent an electricity bill for nearly £40,000.

Philip Bennett, 40, who has never missed a payment, had unwittingly been ­underpaying for three years after innacurate meter readings.

When British Gas discovered the miscalculations, it billed him for £39,522.

Mr Bennett, of Beeston, Leeds, said: “I nearly dropped dead. Apparently they have been reading five digits instead of six. But it’s their problem and they ought to pay for their error.

“If they force me to pay, I will go bankrupt and my staff will be out of work.”

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