PSE&G: April 2006 Archives

The Gloves Have Come Off

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In life you are never truly alone when you have friends and family to help you.

My father started an organizion in Philadelphia over 21 years ago called "The Patrons Foundation", a non-profit organization of over 100 current members which provides funding for education, goods and services for people in need in the Philadelphia area. Since its inception, The Patrons Foundation has provided over $1 million in aid to its benefactors, ranging from academic scholarships, to housing payments, to last minute Christmas presents. Patrons funds are directed towards helping individuals who had "fallen through the cracks" in society and provides needed aid to people in times of crisis. It was my fathers legacy and if I was living in Philadelphia I have little doubt that I would be active with that organization also.

Lo and behold when my mother, reading my blog, decided to call a few friends from the Patrons Foundation. Many of them lawyers have come to my aid with much help. I won't go into details at the moment, but after talking to them I feel a lot better about my situation. Nothing has been solved yet, but I have a few people reaching out on my behalf to see if they can assist me.

I will let you all know how this works out. Thanks to everyone who took the time to send me so many emails. I didn't know so many people cared. Thanks again.

Also spoke to the Board of Public Utilities. They don't understand why my case was closed on Friday with PSE&G, when their case was still open. I have many concerns about this bill, like the PSE&G records don't go back more than 3 years - how do they know WHEN my meter began?

There were people living in my apartment before me when I moved into the building. AM I getting billed for the last time they read the meter? How do we know if that wasn't 10 years or 12 years ago, if not longer? At what point are they measuring my meter from 1990? 1991? I moved in the building in 1998. I don't think PSE&G has any idea and are just trying to pull the wool over my eyes.

Zero Hour Approaches

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I got a call this morning from PSE&G. It was an automated response saying I had until April 27th to pay my $9,800 bill. I don't know how in 3 months I used $1800 worth of electricity. I put a call into the customer care center with PSE&G asking why they are after me. I thought the BPU was still investigating this, I spoke to them Friday about it.

Part of me is just thinking I should give up. I hate this looming over my head, it feels like a burden. I was trying to do the math of how many bartending shifts I would have to work to make $8,000. If I worked my ass off, I bet I could make $8,000 in about 3-4 months. I have the money to pay this bill off in the bank. I'm very good with saving my money. As much as I drool over having a BMW, I have been practical enough to just drive my 1993 Volvo. As much as i'd like to jet to Vegas a few times a year, I just settle for chilling in Hoboken. Yea, only a few weeks ago I just sprung for a few plasma TV. I just don't think it is fair that i'm assuming the entire burden of this payment for the last 7 years of my apartment - its a 3 bedroom place, and I would like those who have lived there to pay what they owe, too.

Also I dread the idea of approaching my old roommates about this. I wouldn't go back to anyone who lived with me before 2002. By my calculations each roommate would owe me around $35 per month they lived with me.

The whole lawyer angle is just more months of fighting this and having it looming over my head. Its a huge burden. I just feel tired thinking about it and worrying that somehow my credit rating gets ruined over this. If I don't pay while i'm fighting it and it turns to be a whole credit quagmire that is on my report for the next 10 years. That would suck.

Don't get me wrong, if this whole PSE&G issue were just me paying what *I* owed, I would have paid them $2,666 long ago. But the fact that i'm paying for 2 roommates, for all the various souls who have moved in and out with me over the last 7 years, is what sucks about this whole situation. My name is on the electric bill. Not their name.

I called my mom to see if she could get a friend of my family to assist with some legal questions.

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