Blind Woman Threatened With Suit Over 1 Cent

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    themoonisdown09

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    CNN link

    I just thought this was funny.
     
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    cantthinkofone

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    Good grief. :rolleyes:

    I hate energy companies.
     
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    I am reminded of what occurs, every time my kids pass a gumball machine:

    "Daddy, can I have a quarter?"
    "You know what your mother says. I have no cents at all."
     
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    That is ridiculous that they sent out a bill. When I did Accounts Receivable the company I worked for would not even bother sending a bill for account balances of less then $1.

    But the government likes to forcefully steal every cent they can from you.
     
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    themoonisdown09

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    That's awesome.

    It's so pathetic because it cost the government more to send the bill, than what they would collect from it. It also cost more for the person to pay the bill than the bill was actually for.
     
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    Indeed.. I have $0.06 in a "flex" account from college.. from 14 years ago.
    Every quarter they send me a paper notification that there's $0.06 in that account. For 14 years.

    :D
     
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    How does that $0.01 even propagate?

    If I don't pay, or underpay any of my bills the overdue amount is immediately tacked onto my next months bill. It would actually take work for me to propagate any deficit for more than a single month...
     
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    themoonisdown09

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    That's a good way to "stick it to the man". Make 'em pay!
     
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    Just for spite I would have wrote them a check for 1¢
     
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    Not me, I would have taped a penny to the invoice and mailed it back.
     
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    I would've taped a nickle to the invoice and demanded that the send me my change. ;)
     
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    I'LL SHOW THOSE PETTY GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS! I'LL PAY THE LOUSY WATER BILL IN PENNIES!!!!!

    ... oh, wait...
     
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    Wow. Does he have to pay tax on that gift though? I foresee a letter from the IRS demanding 0.10 cents...
     
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    Ahh, Attleboro. They make my town look good in comparison. :D
     
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    She should send them a picture of a spider. :cool:
     
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    .Andy

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    She needs to see a doctor about this.
     
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    "Mayor Kevin Dumas says the whole situation was blown out of proportion."

    Holy **** I would have never thought Dumas is a real name.

    And send a bill to the city.

    Well unless you are using very cheap paper, the paper might cost more than a penny. =p
     
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    HAHAHAHAHA that's awesome. keep up the good work!
     
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    HAHA! That's gold, pure gold.


    I do have a question though (not directed at Aeolius). Why is there a need to say that the lady is blind. It is not like the city tried to exploit her disability. I am fairly sure it would have happened whether she was blind or not.
     
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    from a media standpoint it makes the story "better" If she wasn't it wouldn't generate that much press but because she is, the media can play off her disability
     
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    themoonisdown09

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    That's just amazing!!!
     
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    That's government for you.:rolleyes: Every month my company receives an invoice from the US Food and Drugs Admin saying we owe -$0.05 (that's right, they owe us a nickel:eek:). I called them up to say they can keep the nickel, but nothing changes. This started 3 years ago. I'm expecting another bill from them any day now.:p
     
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    It wasn't an energy company, it was the town Department of Public Works.

    They interviewed both the woman and the former town official on the local news here in Massachusetts and they both commented on how the town spent far more than the one cent in order to send an invoice. And since the former town official payed by check, it will cost them even more to process the payment.
     

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