This Way To My Blog

This Way To My Blog

Friday, April 1, 2011

It Wasn't An April Fool's Joke


It wasn't a joke and I wasn't laughing. We came home from the ranch for the second time hot and tired. We stopped at the mail box and I couldn't believe my eyes. We got our water bills and mine was over $200.00. So I checked everything faucets, under the sinks, water meter box. I knew my water bill should not be anywhere near that amount so off to the office we went. The lady looked me up on the computer and said she didn't know why it wasn't flagged for rereading since I've never used that much water. She called someone while John and I waited and the meter reader went out to recheck. It was misread so the lady had to subtract and figure and subtract until I came out with $ 50.12. I had a smile on my face after that. You can bet I will start cleaning the dirt out of the meter box. I used to do that and even cut the ends out of a large coffee can to fit down over the meter so the dirt couldn't hide it. Humm what was I thinking? A little job like that would last forever?

14 comments:

Jon said...

I'm glad to hear that your April Fool ordeal had a good ending! I've always suspected that MY meter reader is only guessing half the time. Or perhaps he needs glasses.

Wendy said...

I wouldn't even know what a water bill should be, never had one! But I can tell you tales about our electric bill, lol...especially when the a/c runs all the time in July and August :o)

john wingo said...

Whew...that's a BIG water bill...glad you were able to get that set straight. It's hard enough to make it these days without mistakes like that.

madcobug said...

Glad the lady figured it back down right. Helen

Kattytrick said...

Good thing you got right on that! Once something like that goes for any length of time it has a way of wormimg it's way into the computers billing f-o-r-e-v-e-r! It happened to my parents once and my Dad got all peeved and averaged out what it would cost for a whole year and demanded he be able to pay it in full in advance. Which they had to do because they allowed advanced payment. By doing it for the year though he also got a generas discount...That was my Dad! Piss him off and he throws money at you!..lol I told him that, and he didn't think I was so funny!...I still think it's funny!___=^..^=___Kittie

salemslot9 said...

our bill is
$82.40 this month

highway robbery

Martha (MM) said...

Thank goodness it was a mistake! I haven't received the water bill since discovering the pipe had burst at the new house - I'll be afraid to look!!

Martha (MM) said...

PS - Thank you for NOT having word verification set on your comments! :-)

jack69 said...

OUCH, my first thought was,"Texas Water sure is high". LOL
I know it was not funny, but glad you got it straightened out instead of paying four months water bill at once.

How is the biggest fool at last? that is good.

Love Sherry & Jack

Ora said...

our water bill is about one hundred a month...water is high here in Lexington...plus the swimming pool in the summer it jumps a bit more...guess those readers think we don't ever check our statements...just pay..LOL...guess you fooled him???!!! glad it was so simple to get it all straight...and that header picture is just precious...I was so busy looking at the pretty red balls...I didn't even see the kitten in the back LOL...I love it...hugs from Ora in KY

Missy said...

I had the same problem with my electric bill once. It was over $500 but thankfully it turned out to be a mistake.


Missy

Jimmy's Journal said...

I don't think they ever really read any meters - water, gas or electric. Methinks they just put in an arbitrary number and hope you pay it.

Jimmy

Lucy said...

Pauline I think your header is great. The water bill would have me turning around and going to the water bill place. Mine runs around 54.00 and that is plenty.

Marty said...

"Oops, we misread your meter"?!? Seriously, a mistake of that magnitude doesn't sound like a 'misread' to me. Sounds suspicious to me. Their excuse -- a 'misread' -- just doesn't hold water!