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  • No power? Fark you, pay me.
  • We found out that the power companies around here don't actually read meters, they bill you estimated usage. We installed an A/C unit in the bedroom for this summer and the power bill didn't go up at all, which I did think was odd. Six months later, we got a notice that they were raising it because they figured out that we're using more than we had before, so now we are on a payment plan to pay the difference off. Awesome, right?
  • make me some tea: We found out that the power companies around here don't actually read meters, they bill you estimated usage. We installed an A/C unit in the bedroom for this summer and the power bill didn't go up at all, which I did think was odd. Six months later, we got a notice that they were raising it because they figured out that we're using more than we had before, so now we are on a payment plan to pay the difference off. Awesome, right?


    We just a gas bill $40 over the previous bill. An "adjustment". For what, I have no idea,
  • So the submitted link a few hours ago from the same source with arguably better headline that has more hits and had more comments gets red, but this gets green?

    /not Subbsie
  • simplicimus: Fark you, pay me.


    The state motto of New York.
  • simplicimus: make me some tea: We found out that the power companies around here don't actually read meters, they bill you estimated usage. We installed an A/C unit in the bedroom for this summer and the power bill didn't go up at all, which I did think was odd. Six months later, we got a notice that they were raising it because they figured out that we're using more than we had before, so now we are on a payment plan to pay the difference off. Awesome, right?

    We just a gas bill $40 over the previous bill. An "adjustment". For what, I have no idea,


    Deregulation and the glories of capitalism, citizen. Revel in the glory, for you have been blessed!
  • Gulper Eel: simplicimus: Fark you, pay me.

    The state motto of New York.


    gubmint.

    Had to do it. They are the ones that are billing you.
  • FTA: ""I am not paying any of my bills, that much I promise," said Saporta. "They can put me into collections, and I'll fight them tooth-and-nail."

    Sure you will - in the dark.

    What part of POWER don't you understand?
  • GAT_00: simplicimus: make me some tea: We found out that the power companies around here don't actually read meters, they bill you estimated usage. We installed an A/C unit in the bedroom for this summer and the power bill didn't go up at all, which I did think was odd. Six months later, we got a notice that they were raising it because they figured out that we're using more than we had before, so now we are on a payment plan to pay the difference off. Awesome, right?

    We just a gas bill $40 over the previous bill. An "adjustment". For what, I have no idea,

    Deregulation and the glories of capitalism, citizen. Revel in the glory, for you have been blessed!


    Based on Centerpoint's website, Natural Gas price went down fractionally from last month. So I guess I just get to revel in the glory of capitalism.
  • The cost of bringing you that electricity right to your home didn't magically go down just because you were without it for a few days.

    And if you start using more of a commodity, you will eventually end up paying more. It's really unfair.
  • Well, do you want electricity or not? I assure you that the power company does not have any qualms about cutting your ass off.
  • got refunds from insurance company due to over-charging, yet they've been billing same amount ever since. not gonna name company, because like a good customer, my bill pay is there.
  • Lsherm: Gulper Eel: simplicimus: Fark you, pay me.

    The state motto of New York.

    gubmint.

    Had to do it. They are the ones that are billing you.


    What the fark are you on? My power comes 100% from TVA and it's a county utility board that I pay for my power.
  • tin_man: The cost of bringing you that electricity right to your home didn't magically go down just because you were without it for a few days.



    On the contrary, I'm sure it went through the roof, considering the destruction of infrastructure.

    Yet they bill based on consumption, not delivery, so that's the problem of the utility company and their insurance providers, isn't it?


    /I smell a troll
  • Amos Quito: /I smell a troll


    It's NYPost, this is probably something blown out of proportion to gain support for privatization.
  • Amos Quito: tin_man: The cost of bringing you that electricity right to your home didn't magically go down just because you were without it for a few days.


    On the contrary, I'm sure it went through the roof, considering the destruction of infrastructure.

    Yet they bill based on consumption, not delivery, so that's the problem of the utility company and their insurance providers, isn't it?


    /I smell a troll


    Yes, speaking of the logistics and realities behind delivering a utility, any utility, to the end user is trolling.
  • GAT_00: Lsherm: Gulper Eel: simplicimus: Fark you, pay me.

    The state motto of New York.

    gubmint.

    Had to do it. They are the ones that are billing you.

    What the fark are you on? My power comes 100% from TVA and it's a county utility board that I pay for my power.


    The county utility board isn't "gubmit"?

    Are you sure you understand what the government does?
  • make me some tea: We found out that the power companies around here don't actually read meters, they bill you estimated usage. We installed an A/C unit in the bedroom for this summer and the power bill didn't go up at all, which I did think was odd. Six months later, we got a notice that they were raising it because they figured out that we're using more than we had before, so now we are on a payment plan to pay the difference off. Awesome, right?


    Remember all those employees they had who trudged from place to place, making note of the meters once a month? They've been fired, and replaced with a company that does it maybe once a quarter, but estimates your usage based on similar users in your area. It's not perfect, but, who wants to keep employees on payroll when you don't absolutely have to, right?
  • I almost feel like it's nobody's fault there was a storm and everybody should be chipping in to pay for the crews working overtime to get the power back on. So, yeah, you didn't use electricity but it's costing a lot of money to get things back to normal.

    Now if insurance premiums go up, causing rates to go up, THEN I think you'd have a beef.
  • tin_man: Amos Quito: tin_man: The cost of bringing you that electricity right to your home didn't magically go down just because you were without it for a few days.


    On the contrary, I'm sure it went through the roof, considering the destruction of infrastructure.

    Yet they bill based on consumption, not delivery, so that's the problem of the utility company and their insurance providers, isn't it?


    /I smell a troll

    Yes, speaking of the logistics and realities behind delivering a utility, any utility, to the end user is trolling.



    The utility bills based on CONSUMPTION (hence the METER)

    As utility failed to deliver the product to the end user, the product was not consumed.
  • MisterTweak: make me some tea: We found out that the power companies around here don't actually read meters, they bill you estimated usage. We installed an A/C unit in the bedroom for this summer and the power bill didn't go up at all, which I did think was odd. Six months later, we got a notice that they were raising it because they figured out that we're using more than we had before, so now we are on a payment plan to pay the difference off. Awesome, right?

    Remember all those employees they had who trudged from place to place, making note of the meters once a month? They've been fired, and replaced with a company that does it maybe once a quarter, but estimates your usage based on similar users in your area. It's not perfect, but, who wants to keep employees on payroll when you don't absolutely have to, right?



    Can't they outsource to China?
  • Lsherm: The county utility board isn't "gubmit"?

    Are you sure you understand what the government does?


    My power company, as are all power companies in the US as far as I know, is a for-profit company. That is NOT government.
  • GAT_00: My power company, as are all power companies in the US as far as I know, is a for-profit company. That is NOT government.


    Point of Order: Some middle-sized cities like Ames, IA and Lansing, MI do have their own power/water/sewer companies. These are usually described as being "owned" by the taxpayers. Sometimes they are for-profit regulated monopolies, sometimes simply bureaus of government.
  • RedPhoenix122: It's NYPost, this is probably something blown out of proportion to gain support for privatization.


    It may be, but it needs looking into--while the Post sucks for 95% of what is does--if they can raise a stink about unfair charging practices, whether private or public or private/public 'regulated monopoly,' then more power to them.
  • Somacandra: GAT_00: My power company, as are all power companies in the US as far as I know, is a for-profit company. That is NOT government.

    Point of Order: Some middle-sized cities like Ames, IA and Lansing, MI do have their own power/water/sewer companies. These are usually described as being "owned" by the taxpayers. Sometimes they are for-profit regulated monopolies, sometimes simply bureaus of government.


    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the largest municipal utility in the United States, serving over four million residents.
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