Today’s winner is The Tampa Electric Company. They get the award for the following.
TAMPA – A man and his roommate got quite a surprise when they opened their electric bill Friday.
The Tampa Electric Co. bill showed the couple owed almost $100,000.
“I have no idea how I ended up with a $100,000 electric bill,” Richard Grieshop said. “There’s no way. I don’t think anyone uses that in a lifetime.”
Grieshop and his roommate, Lynda Williams, live in a one-bedroom mobile home. Both use wheelchairs and live on fixed incomes.
Their power had been turned off during the holidays, but with help from friends and social services, they got the lights turned back on about two weeks ago, Grieshop said.
Grieshop said he called TECO and was told to pay up or face having his power turned off again.
A Tampa Electric spokesman told News Channel 8 that a system error generated the bill and that Grieshop and Williams don’t owe $99,999.
The spokesman said Grieshop need only call customer service again to get the problem solved.
Here’s a message for the Electric- Get off your lazy ass and fix the mistake. Why does Greishop have to call them again? There is no reason, the company is aware of the mistake. Plus if anyone at this outfit had some brain matter between their ears, they’d know the first bill had to be a mistake. Why not investigate it? Pure and simple laziness.
For sending out a bogus bill and then giving lousy customer service, The Tampa Electric Company is today’s Knucklehead of the Day.