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Ripping off the Electric Company

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So  we’ve been stealing electricity for the past year and a half.  When we first moved in we waited, and we waited, and we waited for the electricity bill to come, but it never did.  We rationalized, this is Brasil if we weren’t paying, they’d be certain to shut off our power immediately… someone was paying it.  Then we decided that maybe it was our landlord, part of the rent you know.

Well as we are moving out in a month, we got an email stating that our landlord would like our gas bill and electric bill for the last month, showing we were paid in full…. UH OH.. who has been paying our electric bills???

We headed down to the Electric Company (with baby in tow so we could take advantage of the preferential policy here in Brasil, bad I know) to work it out.  We were asked if we had electricity, as it turns out that they showed the electricity off since December 2010.  Yes that’s right folks, they’re sending someone out to read the meter from December 2010 (we moved in January 2011 ish).  We get to pay the amount, any guesses on what 18 months of electricity will cost us?  

We’re guessing R$7,000.


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I'm just another soul on the internet, posting random thoughts into the ether, because well I love stumbling on other peoples random thoughts, so I figured why not add mine to the mix too. I'm also the mom to two very funny little boys, and how can you not share that with everyone?

2 responses »

  1. If your leaving the country why pay the bill? Or do you have to worry about credit.

    • So we were worried about the large bill getting passed on to my husband’s company. But oddly enough, we only got a R$200 bill for one month. I’m waiting to see what really happens, but you know, we may just have lucked out!


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