Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Power Of The Penny

Consumers Energy, a Michigan electric utility company, pulled the plug on a customer that had consecutive overdue bills that totaled a balance of $1,662.08. The consumer begged, borrowed and pleaded with multiple charitable organizations to raise the funds totaling the outstanding amount and pay off the debt, and managed to do it ... except for one red cent. Believe it or not, her electricity was actually shut off and the electric company told her the power would not be turned on until the penny was received. After seven hours without electrical service and a trip the company office to square up the bill (she did get a receipt), the issue was resolved and power restored. Boy ... this brings a whole new meaning to the term "power" company.


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