Wednesday, November 19, 2008

pay up, you deadbeat.

Eileen Wilbur of Attleboro, Massachusetts received a letter from the City Collector that a lien would be placed on her home if she failed to pay an outstanding water bill.

The letter also threatened that an additional $48 fine would be added to her bill if it was not paid by December 11.

The 74-year-old Ms. Wilbur is blind and has lived in the same house for nearly 50 years. Unfortunately, she underpaid her water bill for the fiscal year ending in May 2008.

The amount of the bill due? $.01.

That's right. One cent. Un centavo. A penny. 1/42 the cost of the stamp to mail-in the payment.

When asked about the situation, City Collector Marcoccio said that the bill had been sent out automatically, but obtusely added, "My question is, how come it wasn't paid when the (original) bills went out?"

Now that her daughter has read the bill, Eileen plans to pay.

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