I hate Utility companies (Wild We-need-a-smily-beating-his-head-against-a-wall RANT)
Once upon a time, a meter reader came to my home at a moment when I was not there. Since the gas meter is in my basement, poor Mr Meter Reader had a problem. I haven't been able to get a clear explanation of what he did then. I have asked several bonafide utility employees. I have asked them politely while using simple English words. So far, I've been told-
A- He may have taken a reading from a secret meter on the outside of my home.
B- He might not have taken a meter reading outside, because I don't have a meter outside.
C- It was estimated
D- It was an actual reading. [Supposedly from the outside meter that I don't have.]
Please, let's take a moment to appreciate the torturous circular thinking of my story so far. I don't care what anyone says, you don't get that total lack of common sense and logic by chance. That takes dedicated skill.
Let us continue. Imagine my suprise when I received a gas bill that was easily 10 times the amount expected. Of course, I thought it was a mistake a phone call might correct. HAHAHA I am a hopeless dreamer.
After some discussion , the first person I spoke with thought it might be good to make an appointment to have the meter in my basement read. Of course, I would have to be home.
After finding out when I could be home, I called back to tell them that I can arrange to be home ANY TIME next week. Unfortunately, I did not speak to the same person. This new person informs me that their company doesn't make real appointments. To them, an appointment means- anytime in the next 30 days. Naturally, I will need to be home when they get here. Unfortunately, this person was a formidable secret meter believer. No facts could sway her. No amount of reason could make her understand my reluctance to pay what I do not owe. I am proud to say, I remained a lady for the entire length of our talk. (I admit, that went all to hell the minute I hung up the phone.)
Don't get me wrong. If I owe this money, I will pay it. It's the principle of the thing. If the evil, bloodsucking, money grubbing predators at the gas company want to drain honest, hardworking people dry, they should at least have to give a decent explanation of the charges! I will figure this mess out- I swear it!
Thank you for the opportunity to rant. I feel better!
Last edited by SusanBeth; 05-13-2004 at 03:08 AM.
I love the idea of a "secret meter" outside!!
The other utility-related gripe I'd like to add is when you request the phone company to come add a new line. "Our service person will be there between 10 am and 3 pm," they chirp as though your time is nothing.
This is ridiculously poor service to begin with, but then when you call at 2:30 that day because you think you've been forgotten after wasting a whole day they say, "He's out in the field now and we don't know his schedule."
Hello-o-o-o - you're the phone company, have you considered CALLING him?! :sheesh:
I just had this happen........
Keeper of Michelle's Nose
I had a similar thing happen to me years ago.
The landlord installed a 4th electric meter, so that he would get billed for the hallway and entry lights rather than the garden apt.
Soon after this, my elec bill came and it was 10 times the usual amount. Coincidence? No matter how many times I explained the situation, or how many different people I talked too, I kept getting lame answers like "Were you home more often this month?" or "Did you use the air conditioner a lot more than usual?". Yeah, right, my mounthly bill went form $40 to $400 because I was watching TV in the afternoon. Even if it were true, it wouldn't make any sense.
Finally, the Landlord took over. On his instruction, I paid the bill, deducted the amount from my rent, and left it with him to try and get reimbursed for the overcharges.
It's just really frustrating how much of life's time is wasted with this nonsense.
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These stories are great, frustrating, but great. Here's another one. Try to get an outside meter relocated or realigned. Our meter sticks out from the side of the house about two feet. I have no idea why, but we would like to use the side backyard entrance to store our small fishing boat trailor. It won't fit, they won't move the meter, so we had to move our fence over two feet to make room.............. 42
Thanks for the replies. It helps to know I'm not alone in a crazed universe. In order to keep this post from going epic, I left out a few twists and turns.
I am so sorry, but I need to go epic. A few days back, I attempted to take matters into my own hands and read my real, nonsecret meter. It was a bold move on my part. Please don't think I am boasting. I don't claim to be able to fill a REAL meter reader's shoes. Yet, even though I am no Mathman, I have achieved a certain mastery of the numbers 1 through 9. You can write each number on a separate piece of paper and show them to me at random, each time I can tell you what the number is.
3-1-2-7 The digital read out was as plain as day. I raced to call one of those sadistic snots the utilities hire to make their customer's efforts futile. She did her job. Maybe she thought the 7 was too much of a reach for me? You see, the numbers I saw with my own eyes on my real meter, weren't the same as the meter reader may or may not have read on the secret meter I might not have. Therefore, my numbers don't count.
I will just have to wait for my appointment, which is still any time in the next 30 days provided I am home.
Shall I tell you a heartwarming tale of electric meters??
in my last flat, I was suspicious since we were about to move out, and we'd never received an electricity bill. So I thought I'd better sort it out, and rang the company.
Over the course of several confused and confusing phone calls during which I was repeatedly told a.) I didn't exist, b.) didn't live where I said I did, or c.) my flat didn't exist...we eventually found the problem.
Our flat was above a takeaway, but when they built the flat, there was only one electric account for the whole building. Thus, our electricity was being paid for by the takeaway guys downstairs! We told them, and they said they'd been wondering why their bills were so huge!
But (this is the good bit!) our landlord was so forgetful and disorganised he never made us pay anything towards it, so we lived there with free electric for a year! Considering we had 3 computers, a TV, 2 stereos, a much-used washer-dryer, and leave all the lights on, this was good!!
It kinda made up for the fact he charged us for a chair he swore we'd stolen, and carpet burns that were there when we moved in!:sheesh:
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