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(WFTV Orlando)   If you're going to steal electricity from the power company, it's best not to decorate your house with the brightest Christmas lights in the neighborhood   (wftv.com) divider line 37
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2009-01-05 07:58:47 PM
well that's certainly true enough. if you're gonna steal electrical power, you might as well go for broke and fire up an indoor cannabis growing operation.
 
2009-01-05 07:59:58 PM
Power company demands payment for Christmas cheer.
 
2009-01-05 09:18:21 PM
I had a large pump that I was operating for a remediation system. Our bill averaged $1500 a month. After two months of a minimum bill, I called the power company to tell them there was something wrong with their meter (it was a new service).

The customer service rep insured me that there was nothing wrong with the meter even though there was zero usage over the previous month.

Not being one to argue, I politely told her thank you. I called back the next month and told the CSR what was going on. She also told me that there was nothing wrong with their meter. I then told her that she needed to send a tech out to look at our meter.

After my insistence, she did and they found a defective meter. I took great joy in knowing that I saved the taxpayers about $6K (we were paid by tax money). But I felt bad for the power company customers that had to pay the bill for their mistake.

This guy is a moron.
 
2009-01-05 09:38:49 PM
One of my tenants (yeah, I own a trailer park) went off the wagon and drank or smoked/ingested all his money. Couldn't pay any bills including the rent and the power. after the local power company cut off his electricity he broke the seal on the meter and turned it back on. They took the meter and resealed the box. I passed by one Saturday night and saw his porch light burning brightly... very brightly. He must have had a 300 watt bulb in that light. His trailer was one block down from the power company office on a main highway.

The following Monday they removed the wire feeding from the transformer to the meter.

/yes, I was the one who called it in. He should have paid his rent.
 
2009-01-05 10:51:20 PM
Weaver95: well that's certainly true enough. if you're gonna steal electrical power, you might as well go for broke and fire up an indoor cannabis growing operation.


This main brought up a very valid point.
 
2009-01-05 10:53:24 PM
Of course they were the brightest lights in the neighborhood. That power is straight from the supplier, it's not cut with b12 or anything.
 
2009-01-05 10:57:59 PM
Garcia is being held in the Brevard County jail on charges of grand theft of services and petit theft.

So he was stealing FRENCH ELECTRICITY?!?

// Isn't it usually Richard "Petty Theft"
 
2009-01-05 10:58:06 PM
I work for a utility company, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.

But seriously, this is not at all uncommon. My job is to investigate who's responsible for the bill when no new customer signs up since we don't turn off the meters between tenants/owners and plenty of people don't feel like paying. One of my coworkers does the same thing but is also in charge of meter tampering work in our Texas and New Mexico territory. 75% of her time is spent on tampering. We charge people up the wazoo for tampering with our meters, but I've never heard of us sending the cops after any of them.
 
2009-01-05 10:58:45 PM
And in the sidebar news from "WTF-TV"...

Neglected Woman's Shoes Had Grown Into Her Feet
 
2009-01-05 10:59:21 PM
We were working on a house and the power hadn't been turned on at the meter yet, but the line from the pole was obviously live.

We'd bend some wires into hooks and hang them over the swages on the service entrance.

All the power you need.
 
2009-01-05 10:59:23 PM
Stop clinging to the idea that electricity must by centralized.
 
2009-01-05 11:03:29 PM
CornFedIowan

Neglected Woman's Shoes Had Grown Into Her Feet

i44.tinypic.com

/Those are some effed up feets.
 
2009-01-05 11:09:31 PM
i remember when i was a kid living with my parents when we had moved into a rental house.mom kept calling the electric co here
trying to get them to come out and read the meter to establish
a new service in thier name. she must have called weekly for something like 3 months or so. they never came out. she finally gave up and we lived in this house for like 6 years or so when
a utility guy came out to remove the meter. they had to pay back
an estimated 6 months of use but never got disconnected. was really weird.and id bet it still happens.they dont disconnect when someone moves from rental propertys around here.
 
KNW
2009-01-05 11:09:34 PM
Who's trying to steal my electric?
 
2009-01-05 11:09:35 PM
You can't get away with not paying here in Grays Harbor. Public utilities do not give out gifts, which a broken meter is, even when ya tell 'em about it. After calling them twice, and being told they are good, it'll show in two months (!), I quit calling.

A year later, will bills equaling $0 the whole time, they sent a bill saying the meter was broken, and I needed to pony up $2K (!). after two meetings with an arbitrator and GH pud staff, I was told the above, that canceling the bill would be a gift, and , by law, they couldn't give gifts.

I said, that the meter supervisor, who showed me how the meter they installed was defective, should be docked my bill amount for not doing his job, and that the pud director should pay the bill for the same reason.

Like fart in a church, I set up a payment plan, 'cause they didn't like my idea.

If you have a meter not billing from the start, tell 'em and INSIST on an inspection. Even a letter saying you told them won't help.
 
2009-01-05 11:13:45 PM
He may have trapped that
 
2009-01-05 11:15:37 PM
I drive this car!

www.automedia.com
 
2009-01-05 11:16:38 PM
Well of course they have the brigtest xmas lights, they ran the jumper cables to 480 :)

Oh, and CornFedIowan, I think of good ol' WFTV as the same. And eww.
 
2009-01-05 11:22:45 PM
You can't get away with not paying here in Grays Harbor.

Open Sores Representin'!

/Oblig.
 
2009-01-05 11:25:22 PM
It was the double male prong adaptars... and oh..no mugshot goodness yet?

http://www.brevardsheriffsoffice.org (^)
 
2009-01-05 11:26:04 PM
Hope they didn't use any of those "immoral" male to male connectors they refuse to sell at Ace Hardware.
 
2009-01-05 11:27:18 PM
F them. Florida Power raising rates 25% this month
 
2009-01-05 11:31:11 PM
You can't get away with not paying here in Grays Harbor. Public utilities do not give out gifts, which a broken meter is, even when ya tell 'em about it. After calling them twice, and being told they are good, it'll show in two months (!), I quit calling.

A year later, will bills equaling $0 the whole time, they sent a bill saying the meter was broken, and I needed to pony up $2K (!). after two meetings with an arbitrator and GH pud staff, I was told the above, that canceling the bill would be a gift, and , by law, they couldn't give gifts.

I said, that the meter supervisor, who showed me how the meter they installed was defective, should be docked my bill amount for not doing his job, and that the pud director should pay the bill for the same reason.

Like fart in a church, I set up a payment plan, 'cause they didn't like my idea.

If you have a meter not billing from the start, tell 'em and INSIST on an inspection. Even a letter saying you told them won't help.




I'd tell them where they can stick their "payment plan." How can issuing an arbitrary charge (since they have no record of your actual usage) and then rescinding it be considered a gift? Sounds like they're just pulling random stuff out of their ass to justify ripping you off.

Small claims court would be a good place to start, or your state public utilities commission.

Then, install some solar and wind power, and live off-grid.
 
2009-01-05 11:33:32 PM
Mikeyworld: You can't get away with not paying here in Grays Harbor. Public utilities do not give out gifts, which a broken meter is, even when ya tell 'em about it. After calling them twice, and being told they are good, it'll show in two months (!), I quit calling.

A year later, will bills equaling $0 the whole time, they sent a bill saying the meter was broken, and I needed to pony up $2K (!). after two meetings with an arbitrator and GH pud staff, I was told the above, that canceling the bill would be a gift, and , by law, they couldn't give gifts.

I said, that the meter supervisor, who showed me how the meter they installed was defective, should be docked my bill amount for not doing his job, and that the pud director should pay the bill for the same reason.

Like fart in a church, I set up a payment plan, 'cause they didn't like my idea.

If you have a meter not billing from the start, tell 'em and INSIST on an inspection. Even a letter saying you told them won't help.


is he in charge of pulling it?
 
2009-01-05 11:35:48 PM
Mikeyworld: If you have a meter not billing from the start, tell 'em and INSIST on an inspection. Even a letter saying you told them won't help.

If you're not getting billed and KNOW you're not getting billed, and insist you WANT to pay, set aside a reasonable amount every month. Then when they do come back and say "You owe us X," - even after you've begged them to bill you for a year - you can say "OK, here ya go!" I've seen some pretty stupid reasons why people haven't been billed correctly (entirely our fault) but the people are always shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to learn they owe us money. We are only allowed to go back so far based on state utility commissions, but them's the rules. We can only go back 6 months in TX, NM, and CO, but if you're in Wisconsin, we can hit you for two years.
 
2009-01-05 11:39:00 PM
Weaver95
Came here to say that. Well done
 
2009-01-05 11:40:13 PM
destrip: I'd tell them where they can stick their "payment plan." How can issuing an arbitrary charge (since they have no record of your actual usage) and then rescinding it be considered a gift? Sounds like they're just pulling random stuff out of their ass to justify ripping you off.

In some cases we get readings but don't bill anyone. In cases like his when the meter actually reads 0 each month there are also rules on back billing. They basically have to look at the previous few years during the same time period and use the lowest average for each individual month. It could turn out that you'd be billed for Jan 2008, Feb 2006, March 2007, and so on.
 
2009-01-05 11:41:15 PM
I_Hate_Iowa
I looked @ the math, and had to comment on that.

I live in the same town as Mikeyworld:, the KWH here is dirt cheap.
Although single I only paid half that, maybe less, for one year.

/Dude got hosed..
 
2009-01-05 11:54:38 PM
Wanted for questioning:

i17.photobucket.com
 
2009-01-05 11:56:30 PM
SouthernManDunWrong: I had a large pump that I was operating for a remediation system. Our bill averaged $1500 a month. After two months of a minimum bill, I called the power company to tell them there was something wrong with their meter (it was a new service).

The customer service rep insured me that there was nothing wrong with the meter even though there was zero usage over the previous month.

Not being one to argue, I politely told her thank you. I called back the next month and told the CSR what was going on. She also told me that there was nothing wrong with their meter. I then told her that she needed to send a tech out to look at our meter.

After my insistence, she did and they found a defective meter. I took great joy in knowing that I saved the taxpayers about $6K (we were paid by tax money). But I felt bad for the power company customers that had to pay the bill for their mistake.

This guy is a moron.


SWEET PLAN YOU'VE GOT THERE!
Step 1. Break your own meter in some subtle manner
Step 2. Call power company to tell them you think your meter is faulty after the first bill. Pray they just file it and never follow up, as Customer Service is so apt to do.
Step 3. Collect underpants.
Step 4. Years later, finally get busted for a suspected meter tampering, say "what?? I CALLED YOU to report this as service problem on day 1! You chose not to!"

It cannot fail!
 
2009-01-06 12:15:07 AM
That's a good point. I just robbed a bank, and I think I'm going to put the money into a certificate of deposit. After reading that, though, I think I might use a different bank. Maybe the one across the street. Thanks for the advice!
 
2009-01-06 12:15:28 AM
Sherjo311: approves.

came to post "wanted for questioning"
 
2009-01-06 12:22:38 AM
dufus

"One of my tenants (yeah, I own a trailer park)"

if this is true you are a king among men
 
2009-01-06 12:37:03 AM
Did they say his name was Garcia?

There's a Mexican dead up on a power line
He's deader than yesterday's communion wine
He was trying to getting something he couldn't afford for free
He was just a poor man stealing electricity
 
2009-01-06 03:57:54 AM
An unusually high electricity bill with no explanation is one of the things police look for in relation to drug busts. Often when someone gets a very high electricity bill it is not uncommon that their neighbours have been stealing electricity to run hydroponics and the electricity industry looks for it and passes the information onto police.
 
2009-01-06 04:04:03 AM
Yee-Haw, Breee-vard County!!
 
2009-01-06 05:35:56 AM
HEYYYYYYYYYYYY YOU GUYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYS!!!!!
 
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