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Funko
06-04-2005, 12:59:16
even though the customer is on a pre-pay meter.

fucktards.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/4414729.stm

Venom
06-04-2005, 13:05:17
It's probably a conspiracy.

Tizzy
06-04-2005, 13:07:09
I got a bill from my electricity company last year and mine's a pre-pay meter too.
I ignored it (ok, I forgot about it!) and haven't heard any more.

MDA
06-04-2005, 13:09:00
You could have been famous!

Gramercy Riffs
06-04-2005, 13:14:02
David Sidebottom, director of Energywatch North West, said: "The complaint aims to end the sloppy billing practices....

Should'nt that be Frank Sidebottom?

Venom
06-04-2005, 13:14:24
Either that or dead. You do not fuck with the electric company.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
06-04-2005, 14:09:01
"pre-pay meter and does not pay by bill"

Translation, please.

Funko
06-04-2005, 14:11:34
Pre-pay means you have to pay for the electricity before you use it. Pay by bill means the electricity company sends you a monthly/quarterly invoice for the energy you've used after you've used it.

Pre-pay used to be done by having a meter where you'd pay by putting coins in it, these days I think you buy credit for your electricity on cards...

Tizzy
06-04-2005, 14:12:21
Similar idea to pre-pay mobile phones, you pay in advance (in this case by topping up your card/key and inserting into the meter) and therefore don't get a monthly/quarterly/whatever invoice sent through.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
06-04-2005, 14:12:44
"you'd pay by putting coins in it"

:lol:

Funko
06-04-2005, 14:14:44
What's funny about that?

Venom
06-04-2005, 14:15:21
That's a vending machine.

Funko
06-04-2005, 14:15:56
Yes, basically an electricity vending machine.

Nowadays you pay by card/key thing so they don't have to come and empty the meter to get the coins.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
06-04-2005, 14:16:09
The idea to go to the watt-meter and throw coins in to have electricity just sounds funny to me.

Funko
06-04-2005, 14:17:13
It is/was totally shit.

Venom
06-04-2005, 14:19:16
That's still really gay.

MDA
06-04-2005, 14:19:50
You're serious?

Funko
06-04-2005, 14:20:34
It was basically because the utilities companies had certain people they didn't want to trust to pay bills if they didn't pay in advance...

Venom
06-04-2005, 14:21:41
That's profiling or something else...that discrimination thing.

Funko
06-04-2005, 14:21:58
Yes serious.

It was always 50p pieces too, hence the common phrase "has anyone got 50p for the meter".

http://www.twochapstalking.com/dictarchive/000181.html

Funko
06-04-2005, 14:23:37
Originally posted by Venom
That's profiling or something else...that discrimination thing.

They'd put them in when people failed to pay bills but never take them out so people would inherit them.

Venom
06-04-2005, 14:28:14
Thanks for the heirloom pops.

MDA
06-04-2005, 14:34:26
Holy hell, I thought coin-op bathroom stalls sucked.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
06-04-2005, 14:39:38
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
The idea to go to the watt-meter and throw coins in to have electricity just sounds funny to me.

Don't forget, this is the nation that makes it's citizen pay a licence to run a passive radio collector (ie. TV).

Greg W
06-04-2005, 14:41:39
:lol:

King_Ghidra
06-04-2005, 14:42:46
don't pretend to understand our superior civilisation, puny-minded foreigner

ozscott75
06-04-2005, 14:43:49
Ricky Ponting doesn't pay for electricity.*




*Not actually true.

Funko
06-04-2005, 15:04:22
You don't have TV licences in Australia?

I wish we had a system that produced such high quality TV as the Australians. :(

ozscott75
06-04-2005, 15:07:28
Wanna swap?

Greg W
06-04-2005, 15:08:23
We used to have tele licences, like about 40-50 years ago.

Funko
06-04-2005, 15:09:16
Losers.

ozscott75
06-04-2005, 15:11:14
It's a real shame when you find out your mother is a $2 whore.

Greg W
06-04-2005, 15:12:49
Hey, the Queen would charge at least tree fiddy.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
06-04-2005, 15:13:24
Originally posted by Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
Don't forget, this is the nation that makes it's citizen pay a licence to run a passive radio collector (ie. TV).

Same here. But no collectometer for electricity.

ozscott75
06-04-2005, 15:16:15
Originally posted by Greg W
Hey, the Queen would charge at least tree fiddy.

teh Qu33n is quality tail.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
06-04-2005, 16:56:00
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
don't pretend to understand our superior civilisation, puny-minded foreigner

It was just as stupid when I lived there, too.

Did anyone ever justify why you pay a licence for TV but not radio?

Funko
06-04-2005, 17:01:25
There used to be a radio licence I think, someone ancient like Gary could probably tell you.

Venom
06-04-2005, 17:05:30
The BBC would charge you for air if they could.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
06-04-2005, 17:07:45
The air tax is a local tax here.

Funko
06-04-2005, 17:14:02
The Licence fee is a bargain.

fp
06-04-2005, 18:57:05
Not if the only thing you use your TV for is to watch the Champions League on ITV (like me). If I don't want to watch any BBC programs I shouldn't have to pay for them!

The abolishment of the TV license fee and the monarchy are my two main revolutionary causes at the moment.

Lazarus and the Gimp
06-04-2005, 20:00:41
Your revolution sucks. Apart from the monarchy bit, anyway.

fp
06-04-2005, 21:47:21
I'm glad I can count on 50% of your support.

Darkstar
07-04-2005, 04:11:20
That's top quality work by a company, that is! Thanks for the link!

Japher
07-04-2005, 04:17:52
There's electicity in England?

Tizzy
07-04-2005, 08:54:08
Sometimes.

King_Ghidra
07-04-2005, 10:02:09
now now, this isn't india

Provost Harrison
07-04-2005, 12:47:31
Yeah, they get clean water too!

Venom
07-04-2005, 13:07:25
From where?

Japher
07-04-2005, 20:08:31
Imported from France