Damn Gas Company

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  1. Pappy

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    In March, 1999, a man living in Kandos (near Mudgee in NSW) 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 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 apologized 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, so 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 company at their own game and mailed them a check 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 check for $0.00. After a lengthy explanation the bank manager replied that the $0.00 check had caused their check processing software to fail. The bank could therefore not process ANY checks they had received from ANY of their customers that day because the check for $0.00 had caused the computer to crash.

    The following month the man received a letter from the gas company claiming that his check has bounced and that he now owed them $0.00 and unless he sent a check 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 2 hours to convince the clerks at the local courthouse that he was not joking. They subsequently assisted 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 computerized 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 dishonor fees incurred by the man.

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

    [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.
     
  2. headbang8

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    I have a cheque account with the Westpac Bank. I might try that just for the hell of it.
     
  3. mindseye

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    Don't bother -- it's a fun story, but it's an urban legend.
     
  4. Pecker

    Pecker Retired Moderator
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    I was in college in the mid 1960's when I first heard this one. It was in the "Heard in the News" section of our local newspaper and involved a hospital bill.

    It's just poking fun at computers and bureaucrats.
     
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    Lordy, that would suck.
     
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    Like you once said in your avatar Pappy : Computers make VERY fast, VERY accurate mistakes!
     
  7. dcwrestlefan

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    Another one I heard that may or may not be urban legend. If anyone knows for sure, chime in.

    Two rednecks were heading down the road in their pickup truck. The headlights went out, and they discovered that a fuse had blown. There were no extras. They pull off the road and one of the bubbas decides to try and use a bullet in place of the fuse since they were close in size. It worked!

    Riding down the road later, the bullet goes off. Pieces of it lodge in the driver's nuts.

    Sounds far fetched, but I guess its possible. This supposedly was logged in the emergency room report when the injured dude went to the hospital.
     
  8. B_DoubleMeatWhopper

    B_DoubleMeatWhopper New Member

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    A lot of urban legends are 'supposedly logged in emergency room reports' in order to lend credibility to them. There are so many versions of the 'gerbil up the ass' story, and yet no emergency room records from any hospital have been located to substantiate the occurrence of such an act, whether it concerns Richard Gere or anyone. I would take that 'supposedly logged in the emergency room report' comment with a grain of salt unless I actually see the report.
     
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