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(Daily Mail)   Man lives without electricity for three years because he refuses to pay energy firm £70 to repair his meter, survives on corned beef sandwiches, reads by torchlight. Why? Because fark those greedy bastards, that's why (w/pics)   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 205
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2013-10-20 12:33:38 AM
You won't win against the man by simple stubbornness. Also if you paid for your electricity in the first place you wouldn't be in this mess.

In summary, it's your own fault you're suffering.

/this comment predicated on the fact that a Daily Fail article is in true, which is a longshot.
 
2013-10-20 12:36:00 AM
Let's be clear about what he owes.  He's not being charged to "repair" his meter.  The electric company put a pre-paid meter in his house because he wouldn't pay his bill.  He ran out of his initial credit, and he won't top it up by paying more.

This guy is not some hero out to battle the system.  He's a nutbar who would rather sit in the dark than pay his damn bills.
 
2013-10-20 12:37:18 AM
Apparently, his lack of electricity has also disabled his ability to change facial expressions.
 
2013-10-20 12:59:39 AM
Kinda reminds me of a certain Simpsons episode with the trash men
 
2013-10-20 01:05:36 AM
You should see polythene pam.
 
2013-10-20 01:27:04 AM
Oh, British torch.

Well that's a lot less exciting than I though it would be.
 
2013-10-20 02:20:31 AM
So he's an idiot, if the story is even true.
 
2013-10-20 03:08:38 AM

jake_lex: He ran out of his initial credit, and he won't top it up by paying more.


According to TFA, the meter's broken and he won't pay to repair it.
 
2013-10-20 04:13:31 AM
Well since he's eating British food,it will taste just as crappy as if it was heated.And not seeing his food will make it more edible too.
 
2013-10-20 04:14:42 AM
So instead of the utility company getting his money, Maglite & Duracell are.
 
2013-10-20 04:15:16 AM

Cyclometh: jake_lex: He ran out of his initial credit, and he won't top it up by paying more.

According to TFA, the meter's broken and he won't pay to repair it.


The Daily FAIL is the UK version of Fox News.

Consider the source.
 
2013-10-20 04:15:17 AM
Is he a member of the British version of the Tea Party?
 
2013-10-20 04:15:38 AM

Elegy: Oh, British torch.

Well that's a lot less exciting than I though it would be.


Yeah. I clicked expected a guy holding a torch, instead I'm treated to a photo of some mook with a flashlight.
 
2013-10-20 04:20:52 AM
I am more interested in the fact that the energy company has legal authority to enter peoples homes without occupant being aware...
 
2013-10-20 04:23:47 AM

optikeye: You should see polythene pam.


She's so good lookin' but she looks like a man.

/yeah yeah yeah
 
2013-10-20 04:23:59 AM
They don't sell gas powered generators in the UK?
 
2013-10-20 04:27:24 AM

SpdrJay: They don't sell gas powered generators in the UK?


Or coleman stoves and oil lamps (like the stuff we use to cook with during hurricane induced power outages)
 
2013-10-20 04:31:21 AM
Speaking of living on bare minimums, one of my friends has this idea of buying a plane ticket to a foreign city with only week's spending money and staying there for six months.
I think it's like an adventure plus challenge wrapped up in understanding one's self-worth and ability to survive and improvise.
There might also be an element of living minimally.
 
2013-10-20 04:32:07 AM
My washing machine broke 3 years ago. Now I do laundry at my parents house nearby. I could have somebody come fix it, but i (legally) grow marijuana in an adjoining room. I could carry it up the stairs into the back of my truck to the repair shop. But that farker is like 500lbs. The delivery guys twice most normal human size almost seemed angry with me when they had to get this sumbiatch down the stairs. Perhaps he has a similar pickle.

/my dryer works just fine
//I'm a goddamn lunatic
 
2013-10-20 04:32:40 AM
The guy's name is Chris Guest? As in Christopher Guest??

splitsider.com

Wow. Maybe he ran up all those high power bills by turning his amps up to 11.

moviesmedia.ign.com
 
2013-10-20 04:37:46 AM

zamboni: Apparently, his lack of electricity has also disabled his ability to change facial expressions.


He refuses to pay his face bill.
 
2013-10-20 04:39:35 AM
Nothing like excessively inconveniencing yourself for no good reason.
 
2013-10-20 04:40:18 AM
That poor baby! Sammiches, no hot running water and has to go see his mother to shower or do laundry.

/ pay the bill, and stop trying to pose for pictures; you aren't very good at it
 
2013-10-20 04:40:19 AM
Nothing better than a good corned beef sammich.

So he's got that going for himself,
 
2013-10-20 04:42:42 AM

eurotrash: I am more interested in the fact that the energy company has legal authority to enter peoples homes without occupant being aware...


It's the British Government. End of story. Welcome to America in 20 years.
 
2013-10-20 04:44:57 AM

SauronWasFramed: SpdrJay: They don't sell gas powered generators in the UK?

Or coleman stoves and oil lamps (like the stuff we use to cook with during hurricane induced power outages)


If he can't afford to buy from the mains he can't afford to buy and run a generator or camping gear.  He owed £600 for electricity, and hadn't paid a bill for years.  No wonder they put him onto a prepay meter.  Although if it genuinely broke and wasn't his fault it sucks he has to pay to repair it.  Something doesn't add up there.

The other odd thing is he can't hold down an office job because of gout but can survive 3 years with no heating or electricity just to make a point.
 
2013-10-20 04:47:01 AM
Been there.  Made floating oil candles from beer cans and shoe laces.  I bet the people who moved into that apartment next wondered why everything smelled like burnt cooking oil ;)
 
2013-10-20 04:50:07 AM

SauronWasFramed: SpdrJay: They don't sell gas powered generators in the UK?

Or coleman stoves and oil lamps (like the stuff we use to cook with during hurricane induced power outages)


Coleman stove and Coleman white gas lanterns, percolator coffee pot, and most important a Mr. Heater propane heater. I have, over the years, collected things necessary for winter power outages. The longest outage for me was four days, but I'm good for maybe two weeks before needing to get more fuel for Mr. Heater. I love that thing. I also have three mp3 players with battery-powered speakers and a huge assortment of audiobooks to fend off boredom.

Without regard to power availability, there is always MacNaughton whiskey and pot (that's how we roll in Seattle).

Yeah, there's a laptop and a Kindle, too.
 
2013-10-20 04:50:09 AM

Elegy: Oh, British torch.

Well that's a lot less exciting than I though it would be.


Yep.  If this was Transylvania, the torch would be accompanied by pitchforks, yelling, and lots more torches ;)
 
2013-10-20 04:51:41 AM

eurotrash: I am more interested in the fact that the energy company has legal authority to enter peoples homes without occupant being aware...


They don't, not to fit a meter.

If the occupant is uncooperative they may apply to a magistrate for a warrant to get access, but they still have to give 24hrs notice.

Given that this is rented property they probably asked him, he refused, they got a warrant, notified him and then got the landlord to give them access the property.

The exception to the notification requirement is if there's a gas leak. If anyone reports smelling gas and no one answers the door they will break in.
 
2013-10-20 04:51:52 AM
What do you call them if they don't flash?
 
2013-10-20 04:51:57 AM

cbunny: SauronWasFramed: SpdrJay: They don't sell gas powered generators in the UK?

Or coleman stoves and oil lamps (like the stuff we use to cook with during hurricane induced power outages)

If he can't afford to buy from the mains he can't afford to buy and run a generator or camping gear.  He owed £600 for electricity, and hadn't paid a bill for years.  No wonder they put him onto a prepay meter.  Although if it genuinely broke and wasn't his fault it sucks he has to pay to repair it.  Something doesn't add up there.

The other odd thing is he can't hold down an office job because of gout but can survive 3 years with no heating or electricity just to make a point.


That peaked my interest as well. I thought gout was a mainly lower body and a diet thing; you really don't need to walk around if you write advertising, although, if it was in his hands...

/ maybe I should read some more about it
 
2013-10-20 05:02:10 AM

HammerHeadSnark: SauronWasFramed: SpdrJay: They don't sell gas powered generators in the UK?

Or coleman stoves and oil lamps (like the stuff we use to cook with during hurricane induced power outages)

Coleman stove and Coleman white gas lanterns, percolator coffee pot, and most important a Mr. Heater propane heater. I have, over the years, collected things necessary for winter power outages. The longest outage for me was four days, but I'm good for maybe two weeks before needing to get more fuel for Mr. Heater. I love that thing. I also have three mp3 players with battery-powered speakers and a huge assortment of audiobooks to fend off boredom.

Without regard to power availability, there is always MacNaughton whiskey and pot (that's how we roll in Seattle).

Yeah, there's a laptop and a Kindle, too.


Well, running all of those portable propane items indoors is probably a good idea.  You really want to make sure to keep the windows closed to lock in as much carbon monoxide as possible, which will make your food taste more savory.
 
2013-10-20 05:12:27 AM

tetsoushima: HammerHeadSnark: SauronWasFramed: SpdrJay: They don't sell gas powered generators in the UK?

Or coleman stoves and oil lamps (like the stuff we use to cook with during hurricane induced power outages)

Coleman stove and Coleman white gas lanterns, percolator coffee pot, and most important a Mr. Heater propane heater. I have, over the years, collected things necessary for winter power outages. The longest outage for me was four days, but I'm good for maybe two weeks before needing to get more fuel for Mr. Heater. I love that thing. I also have three mp3 players with battery-powered speakers and a huge assortment of audiobooks to fend off boredom.

Without regard to power availability, there is always MacNaughton whiskey and pot (that's how we roll in Seattle).

Yeah, there's a laptop and a Kindle, too.

Well, running all of those portable propane items indoors is probably a good idea.  You really want to make sure to keep the windows closed to lock in as much carbon monoxide as possible, which will make your food taste more savory.


I've lived in Michigan most of my life (granted, SE Michigan) and I don't remember any winter power outages (or if there were any, they weren't of any consequence apparently).

I have wood, 2 feet off the ground and covered, by the side of the house.  But I don't have a fireplace, just a pit outside.  So I'd probably just curl up in my - 20 F sleeping bag and get up from time to time to heat up something from the well stocked pantry on the gas stove.  Or grab some firewood and walk two blocks to my friend's place.

That three (sigh) mp3 players / laptop / Kindle had to be mentioned kind of makes me sad.  I'm all for a good audiobook when camping and traveling, but at my own home I have a bookshelf.  Three actually, but rereading those would take longer than any outage ever.
 
2013-10-20 05:16:35 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if he's mentally ill.  Maybe check into that before writing an entire article on his irrational choices?
 
2013-10-20 05:17:03 AM
a advert writer, who cannot work because he has gout

Really? looking at the pictures in TFA, his hands appear to be fine. Were exactly is this gout that it keeps him from typing?
This guy's not cool, he's a farking deadbeat
 
2013-10-20 05:19:39 AM

Captain Dan: I wouldn't be surprised if he's mentally ill.  Maybe check into that before writing an entire article on his irrational choices?


If the Daily Fail stopped writing about the mentally ill, they'd have to shut down. Likewise if they stopped employing the mentally ill.
 
2013-10-20 05:29:25 AM
nccriminallaw.sog.unc.edu
 
2013-10-20 05:43:25 AM
Haha - you didn't pay your bill and now you have no electricity!
And now everyone knows because you cried to the Daily Fail.

On another note, if you want to truly "beat the system", get yourself a generator and power your own stuff off the grid.

However, you will have to pay for fuel.
 
2013-10-20 05:46:16 AM

jake_lex: Let's be clear about what he owes.  He's not being charged to "repair" his meter.  The electric company put a pre-paid meter in his house because he wouldn't pay his bill.  He ran out of his initial credit, and he won't top it up by paying more.

This guy is not some hero out to battle the system.  He's a nutbar who would rather sit in the dark than pay his damn bills.


Well, the Daily Fail says otherwise, and I've never known their lies to benefit the poor and desperate, so I suspect they're telling the truth in this case. He had long overdue bills, which he should have paid long before this came to be an issue, so they installed a pre-pay meter, but evidently the pre-pay meter doesn't work.
 
2013-10-20 05:46:47 AM

tetsoushima: HammerHeadSnark: SauronWasFramed: SpdrJay: They don't sell gas powered generators in the UK?

Or coleman stoves and oil lamps (like the stuff we use to cook with during hurricane induced power outages)

Coleman stove and Coleman white gas lanterns, percolator coffee pot, and most important a Mr. Heater propane heater. I have, over the years, collected things necessary for winter power outages. The longest outage for me was four days, but I'm good for maybe two weeks before needing to get more fuel for Mr. Heater. I love that thing. I also have three mp3 players with battery-powered speakers and a huge assortment of audiobooks to fend off boredom.

Without regard to power availability, there is always MacNaughton whiskey and pot (that's how we roll in Seattle).

Yeah, there's a laptop and a Kindle, too.

Well, running all of those portable propane items indoors is probably a good idea.  You really want to make sure to keep the windows closed to lock in as much carbon monoxide as possible, which will make your food taste more savory.


The Coleman stove burns white gas and is on only long enough to cook. The biggest fuel burner -- and by far the most dangerous -- is the propane heater. That is on for about 30 minutes every four hours. I bring the room temp up to 70-ish, shut it down until the temp falls to the high 50s and then run it again. I've been using it for about 12 years now. Used intelligently it is safe as houses. (The heater is the only propane burner in use.)

Someone else mentioned reading rather than mp3s and audiobooks and I agree, The exception is reading by lantern light . . . it gives me a headache.

Mostly, my point was that I can, pretty much, live life uninterrupted by power failures. They don't often happen, but it's nice to be prepared.

The last time I needed the stuff was about six or seven years ago when parts of Seattle had an extended winter power failure. Still, every fall I test run the lanterns and stove to ensure the pump leathers haven't gone dry and all the seals and gaskets are functional. I used to have a nice Coleman 4kw generator, but some Christians stole it. It was in my detached garage with an underground cable to my house -- that was nice.
 
2013-10-20 05:49:57 AM

abhorrent1: a advert writer, who cannot work because he has gout

Really? looking at the pictures in TFA, his hands appear to be fine. Were exactly is this gout that it keeps him from typing?
This guy's not cool, he's a farking deadbeat


Yeah,  Gout doesn't stop you from working.  Might make walking a bit hard, but you can sit all day long.
 
2013-10-20 05:53:22 AM

shtychkn: abhorrent1: a advert writer, who cannot work because he has gout

Really? looking at the pictures in TFA, his hands appear to be fine. Were exactly is this gout that it keeps him from typing?
This guy's not cool, he's a farking deadbeat

Yeah,  Gout doesn't stop you from working.  Might make walking a bit hard, but you can sit all day long.


It's England. Living on the dole is a proud and noble lifestyle choice and he should be applauded.
 
2013-10-20 06:05:58 AM

wumpus: My washing machine broke 3 years ago. Now I do laundry at my parents house nearby. I could have somebody come fix it, but i (legally) grow marijuana in an adjoining room. I could carry it up the stairs into the back of my truck to the repair shop. But that farker is like 500lbs. The delivery guys twice most normal human size almost seemed angry with me when they had to get this sumbiatch down the stairs. Perhaps he has a similar pickle.

/my dryer works just fine
//I'm a goddamn lunatic


You set up a legal grow but cant fix your own washing machine ? Amateur .
My Maytag washer is broken, due to one thing- the main drive pulley. They made it out of plastic . They do not sell the pulley by itself anymore, they require you to buy the motor as well. I dont have the coin for the whole thing.
/has a spare old kenmore that is loud but it works
 
2013-10-20 06:09:09 AM
I think the most important question here is not being asked... and that is:

How does a Brit know if you are asking for one of these:
blog.fatherhood.org
or one of these:
www.dorcydirect.com
 
2013-10-20 06:10:24 AM
What kind of loser can't figure out how to charge their phone without wall electricity after three years!?

Solar chargers are 30 bucks. You could even beg one off craigslist
 
2013-10-20 06:11:05 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: I think the most important question here is not being asked... and that is:

How does a Brit know if you are asking for one of these:
[blog.fatherhood.org image 350x233]
or one of these:
[www.dorcydirect.com image 300x300]


Context.
 
2013-10-20 06:11:43 AM
We got a badass! Look out, he's gone Galt!
 
2013-10-20 06:14:00 AM

Shedim: HindiDiscoMonster: I think the most important question here is not being asked... and that is:

How does a Brit know if you are asking for one of these:
[blog.fatherhood.org image 350x233]
or one of these:
[www.dorcydirect.com image 300x300]

Context.


Also not living in the 1600's
 
2013-10-20 06:14:35 AM
Three years on nothing but corned beef sandwiches? That's a long time. He should eat something else once in a while.
 
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