Contrary to popular belief, the phone company NEVER fixed (or did) ANYTHING
for "free". Never. Not directory assistance, pre-wiring in the good, old
EVERYONE - all phone subscribers - paid for those services as part of their
We invented socialism, folks. Judge Greene tore it all down in the Modified
Final Judgement and Final Divestiture of that old, mean, evil Bell System.
It all began to fall apart with the advent of charging for Directory
Assistance. Think about it: Why should *I* pay - as part of my phone bill -
for DA operators that I never use, but are OVERUSED by those too lazy to use
the phone book?
Why should I pay for the damage you did to your buried service wire?
You probably will - and SHOULD - be charged for the repair of the telco line
The technician that repairs the damage gets a paycheck as does the technician
that works for the locating service that you SHOULD HAVE called.
My "attitude" is driven by my constant amazement that the assumption that the
phone company will do [whatever] for "free" persists 23 years after the big
breakup. We're just like any other company now: You incur cost, you pay for
On Mon, 19 Nov 2007 07:20:14 -0800, usethisone2007 wrote:
Unless you know what you are doing, your best bet is to contact the phone
company and pay your dues. It's a mistake for sure and a lesson.
Count yourself lucky that it was not an electric supply line or a gas
feed. Had it been either, you most likely would have missed the
opportunity to post in this news group.
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