The Gas Bill

Discussion in 'Tall Tales & Fabrications' started by Kate Ellery, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. Kate Ellery

    Kate Ellery Veteran Member

    Dec 12, 2015
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    Remember gas is what WE USE for heating ,cooking :) and yes some cars run on gas
    This story is about Gas we use for heating / cooking

    We call fuel for our cars Petrol

    I believe this is a true story :)....

    This story can also be viewed on the ABC website.
    You will like this! ... And it is a true story!

    A man living in Kandos (near Mudgee in NSW, Australia )
    received a bill for his as yet unused gas line stating that he owed $0.00.
    He ignored it and threw it away.
    In April he received another bill and threw that one away too.

    The following month the gas company sent him a very nasty note stating
    that they were going to cancel his gas line if he didn't send them $0.00 by
    return mail.
    He called them, talked to them, and they said it was a computer error and
    they would take care of it.
    The following month he decided that it was about time that he tried
    out the troublesome gas line figuring that if there was usage on the
    account it would put an end to this ridiculous predicament.

    However, when he went to use the gas, it had been cut off.
    He called the gas company who apologised for the computer error once
    again and said that they would take care of it. The next day he got a bill for
    $0.00 stating that payment was now overdue.

    Assuming that having spoken to them the previous day the latest bill was
    yet another mistake, he ignored it, trusting that the company would be as
    good as their word and sort the problem out.

    The next month he got a bill for $0.00. This bill also stated that he
    Had 10 days to pay his account or the company would have to take steps to
    recover the debt.

    Finally, giving in, he thought he would beat the gas company at their own
    game and mailed them a cheque for $0.00. The computer duly processed his
    account and returned a statement to the effect that he now owed the gas
    company nothing at all.

    A week later, the manager of the Mudgee branch of the Westpac Banking
    Corporation called our hapless friend and asked him what he was doing
    writing cheque for $0.00.

    After a lengthy explanation the bank manager replied that the $0..00
    cheque had caused their cheque processing software to fail. The bank could
    therefore not process ANY cheques they had received from ANY of their
    customers that day because the cheque for $0.00 had caused the
    computer to crash.

    The following month the man received a letter from the gas company
    claiming that his cheque had bounced and that he now owed them $0.00
    and unless he sent a cheque by return mail they would take immediate
    steps to recover the debt.

    At this point, the man decided to file a debt harassment claim against
    the gas company. It took him nearly two hours to convince the clerks
    at the local courthouse that he was not joking.
    They subsequently helped him in the drafting of statements which were
    considered substantive evidence of the aggravation and difficulties
    he had been forced to endure during this debacle.

    The matter was heard in the Magistrate's Court in Mudgee and the outcome
    was this:

    The gas company was ordered to:

    [1] Immediately rectify their computerised accounts system or Show cause,
    within 10 days, why the matter should not be referred to a higher court
    for consideration under Company Law.

    [2] Pay the bank dishonour fees incurred by the man.

    [3] Pay the bank dishonour fees incurred by all the Westpac clients whose
    cheques had been bounced on the day our friend's had been processed.

    [4] Pay the claimant's court costs; and

    [5] Pay the claimant a total of $1500 per month for the 5 month period
    March to July inclusive as compensation for the aggravation they had
    caused their client to suffer.

    And all this over $0.00.

    Who employs these idiots?
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  2. Bill Boggs

    Bill Boggs Veteran Member

    May 13, 2015
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    Computers can be onorus and in their earlier days were most difficult to change mistakes on them, but you seems to be speaking of the recent past. I have known companies that treated a computer as gospel. Don't dispute it. This was taking things to the extreme.

    Post script: And not related but I have a cyber friend missing from your city. She is a member of an Australian senior forum of which I am a member. She didn't much like Americans but I miss her sharp wit. The forum has put out a search for Maggs. Cheers.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2017
  3. Kate Ellery

    Kate Ellery Veteran Member

    Dec 12, 2015
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    I've never heard of her @Bill Boggs I think I'm the only Aussie on here .:)
    One of my best on line friends is American

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