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Overcharging for utilities, especially electricity is epidemic. In particular at apartment buildings serving mainly foreign clientel.
Posted by Andrew on January 16, 2013 00:23
I see a huge meter outside the building and a small meter near my door. I always figured that the owner gets charged once and then charges all of the tenants, with a premium for "taking care of the infrastructure".
Posted by Ty on January 16, 2013 09:02
Do they not know, that they easily can kick the manager ??
Posted by karsten on January 16, 2013 17:37
Very interesting . That is also happening to us here in Rawai .
Posted by Paul Reaney on January 17, 2013 08:33
I had this problem in Patong a while back, overcharging electric bills. One month, I was away in Australia for over three weeks, which was obviously overlooked by the owner. My next bill was very similar to the bill before, when confronted, he was at a loss for words! I didn't pay it!
Posted by Elizabeth on January 17, 2013 10:04
A lot of Thais refer to these meters in apartment blocks as "Chinese-Meters" as a lot of these landlords are Chinese.
Posted by logbags on January 17, 2013 10:31
I had the same problem living at a house in Baan Jo. The owner of the house would not let me pay electricity directly but I had to pay him. Found fault with the way they were reading the meter and not looking at the decimal point. I moved out rather rapidly and have never had the same problem since, as I am much wiser now. The advise by Andrew is so correct it hurts, "If you are renting, ask where the meter is and insist that you pay your own bill directly. If the landlord refuses, don't rent there."
Posted by Inept on January 17, 2013 11:10
11 meetings no action try a consular meeting with the local powers that be re taxis and jetskis hundreds of meetings over 15 years.
Posted by slickmelb on January 18, 2013 03:11
Interesting point, slickmelb, except the condo owner was finally arrested. Why give up, if you are right? Change only comes with perseverance. Do you go through life abandoning just causes after one shot at everything? You've actually succeeded in making the point of the value of ''try, try, try again.'' The world has enough cynics and quitters. Their achievements amount to zero.
So who is going to instigate the change?
Posted by logbags on January 18, 2013 08:03
Bit hard to see what that has to do with high water and power bills at a condo south of Phuket City.
Well if you didn't edit my post so drastically, people would see the jist of it is the fact most officials are running and protecting their own businesses. This is why there is no rule of law! Every second official has his own scam where he is either creaming off kickbacks or abusing his power to set up a monopoly on essential services. Whether it is the taxis or landlords ripping off people with dodgy meters, it all gets back to no law enforcement because everyone has been corrupted. So again I'd ask you, who is going to enforce the law if the law enforcers themselves are totally corrupt? If this isn't true, why doesn't anything ever change? Name even one Phuket official that has been jailed for taking bribes.
Posted by logbags on January 18, 2013 10:13
Name one person you believe is taking bribes and produce the evidence, logbags. Oh, but that would mean giving up your online anonymous status and showing some real-life bravery. Don't bore us with common gossip, rumor and innuendo. In this case, there has been an arrest - because the people who saw themselves as victims persevered and went to the trouble of putting themselves out there. Do the same. Put your bravery where your online anonymous mouth is, please. Or keep it shut.
Posted by logbags on January 18, 2013 13:26
Mindless slurs are a waste of your time and ours.
Easier to just censor than debate the facts.
Posted by logbags on January 18, 2013 13:50
Give us the facts: your real name, the names of the people you claim are corrupt, and your evidence for saying so.
Posted by christian on January 18, 2013 18:02
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