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LIPA Customers Left Without Power For Weeks Sent Normal Electric Bills Despite Blackouts

Huffington Post

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) customers in some of Hurricane Sandy’s hardest hit areas were frustrated to receive normal electric bills this cycle–despite suffering through weeks without power.

The New York Post reports that Long Island residents were slammed with high bills for time spent in the dark. Although Newsday reports the charges will even out after the next meter reading, The Post said customers they spoke to claimed their statements made no mention of potential refunds.

Restaurant owner Jonathan Saporta was hit with both a $649 bill for the Long Beach home he left in October and a $281 bill for his new Great Neck home.

“I can’t get LIPA to acknowledge my existence on earth to talk to me about anything,” he told The Post. “But I guess they had power, so they could print my bills. Nice, right?”

This is only the latest publicity gaffe for the company, which took several weeks to restore power to many of its customers.

LIPA Chief Operating Officer Mike Hervey resigned in mid-November after harsh criticism was leveled over his company’s handling of the superstorm, according to Reuters. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an investigation into the state’s utilities the same day as Hervey’s resignation.

And then came news that a class action lawsuit would be filed against the company and its partner National Grid.

According to Bloomberg, two customers accuse LIPA of failing to provide electric services because of its “disregard” in management and maintenance of equipment, facilities and personnel and its “failure to replace an outdated, obsolete outage management system which lacks the ability to manage large-scale outages.”

For his part, Saporta said he will be fighting LIPA’s “criminal” bills.

“They can put me into collections,” Saporta said, “and I’ll fight them tooth-and-nail.”

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9 Responses to LIPA Customers Left Without Power For Weeks Sent Normal Electric Bills Despite Blackouts

  1. Jim says:

    “And then came news that a class action lawsuit would be filed against the company and its partner National Grid.”

    National Grid is a Rothschild outfit. Did anyone expect anything different from a pack of wolves?

  2. diggerdan says:

    Reminds me of F. Zappa – ” bend over and spread em – `cause here comes my bullet” . Not sure if that is exact wording , but pretty close and it does – in my opinion – reflect my opinion on the electric bills – those cold hearted bastards!!

  3. Alex Jonestown says:

    Simple. Wipe your ass with the bill and send it back unpaid.

    • NC says:

      Hahaha!! Good Idea. I’d go one step further and have my dog shit on it and then fold it nice and neatly and send it back to them unpaid. It’s no anthrax, but it will do. lol

  4. NC says:

    “Although Newsday reports the charges will even out after the next meter reading”

    Translation: After they pay for it now, they will forget about it a month later and we can continue to bill on schedule and be able to slowly raise the price to make up for our loss during the power outage. (Because, you know, the company must NEVER pay for its own parts and losses. That’s what customers, taxpayers and banker bailouts are for!)

  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    Aren’t we always paying for services we don’t receive?

    So-called ‘government’ comes to mind.

    Also so-called ‘police protection’.

    • NC says:

      In addition to police protection, other things that come to my mind on paying for service that we don’t receive are the IRS, FBI, CIA, DHS, TSA, DEA, SEX, BATF, ICE, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, DISNEY, FED RESERVE, ZIONISTS, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, THE PRESIDENT, CONGRESS, UN, Dept. of Education, I could go on and on.

  6. gmathol says:

    Surely Americans are proud that their tax money is used to bomb brown poor people abroad.

    Heal to America?

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