I have a problem. My natural gas bill for the last couple of months
has been next to nothing. So I go out and check my meter and it has
locked up tight and hasn't moved for 6 weeks.
My concern is what the gas company will do.
Let me paraphrase your question:
"Hey, if I don't mention this to anyone, when the gas company
eventually discovers it, will I get billed retroactively?"
The answer is: No one here can say.
What's the matter, you feeling guilty or something? Why on earth would
you come here to ask that question.... you know what the right thing to
do is: Call the gas company. Now. You cheap ass SOB.
I would like to thank you, and others like you, for making the price I
pay for my gas higher. It's so nice of you. I bet you like to shoplift
too, don't you?
While people here may answer your supposed question differently - none
of them can supply you with a sense of right vs. wrong. You were
supposed to learn that lesson years ago; evidently your parents are
bigger scumbags then you.
Your lesson is complete now, scumbag junior. Run along.
This is what I would do and why. I would call immediately. Nothing to do
with getting free gas, or getting soaked on an estimated usage bill a year
down the road.
You are talking about something that can kill you. Or take out your house
and the ones next to you. You have a BROKEN meter. It might start leaking
next. Get on the phone. NOW!
Broken meter means the speedometer is not working. Just like you can still
drive your car even if the needle does not move. If it was broken open and
leaking, that is extremely rare and is cause for shitting it down.
And in this part of the world, the gas company puts a little
'stinkum' in the gas so you know when you have a leak.
Actually, it was a really stupid answer by a really stupid person.
Once when I was a young, poor teenager, I stopped at a gas station to
get $10 worth of fuel. When done, I shut the pump off and squeezed the
nozzle lever to empty the hose into my tank. The pump kept pumping but
the $ meter wasn't running. I admit I stole about $5 worth of
gasoline, I'll probably go to hell because of it. I guess that's all
well and good since all my friends will be there too...
One way or another they will be out to fix it. They will notice the low
bills. If you call them now, you are more likely they will ignore the
missed bills or maybe calculate it in a manner that will be beneficial to
you. If you wait until they discover it and come out, they will still fix
it and will surely give you an estimated bill that will be fair or maybe
even a little high. In addition you will be hit with a sudden bill.
It's a bit of an ethics question. Do you want to pay what
you probably owe or not? The responsibility for the meter
is the gas company to make sure that it metering correctly
and it tends to be your responsibility to make sure that it
is not measuring more than what is correct.
That aside, ethically you should tell the company it isn't
working and then go from there, probably pay the low
estimate of what you used. Or you can just say, its the
companies problem and refuse to pay. Course they might just
One of my apartments has a similar situation. The gas company hasn't
scheduled a repair yet. Its been busted for over two years now.
The local gas shop (note: used to work for the local utility) is
unionized and is being "reduced" by the company. They are not exactly
being proactive in fixing stuff like broken meters.
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