My Sister is still trying to get her meter changed, because they told
her she has to hve it changed. She had all the stuff hidden behind a
sheet of wood, with a hole cut-out to read the existing meter. She
was happy to have the extra boxing cut away, but they wouldn't do
that. The first guy also wouldn't tell her how much needed to be
taken off, and fair enough she wasn't just going to cut ALL the wood
out as it still might not be enough, or would leave a bloody great
6 months later, a second nice man also wouldn't cut the hole bigger,
but did mark on how much he would need removing.
6 months later still a man turns up to do the job. Except he isn't
doing all of it, just the disconnection and re-connection. Another
matey is to change the meter. Waits 2 hours then leaves. 30 minutes
later the other matey arrives - but can't change the meter as the guy
who does the disconnection isn't there. He leaves.
1 hour later the first guy pops back to see if he can do his thing
yet, and after being told the story he also leaves.
Suffice to say that Sis was dead impressed to have now taken 3 days
off for a 1/2 hour job not to be finished.
On the plus side we now know that it must take more than 4 people to
change a meter, should anybody ask. The exact number is as yet
But then again, as she hasn't had to pay for gas in 6 years she's
quids in until the bailiffs call.
As for NPower - in the course of a few days after the new year I
received (in date order) a cheque for £32.24 to cover an ongoing bill
dispute from March 2003 (I had paid my own version of the bill, but my
figures were wrong in their favour to the tune of 13p), a final
reminder for £32.11 (the value of the disputed bill) and notice from a
debt recovery firm that I was to be taken to court for £32.11 in
I believe it was their intention that I should cash the cheque and pay
the bill - I suggested otherwise but the last time I checked I was
still being pursued to the courts anyway. Ho hum...
That needs watching carefully becasue if you get a judgment against you
they will simply instruct a firm of bailiffs. They will find your vehicle (I
assume you have one registered to you) remove it, sell it for a pittance
at auction and send you the change after deducting 32.11 +court costs+
Ed Sirett - Property maintainer and registered gas fitter.
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