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September 24, 2013

Parlier, California, Makes Everyone Pay Back Bills for Something They Forgot to Charge


Local governments are a lot like car mechanics in that they can charge you whatever they want and shoot you if you get too uppity about it.
The central California town of Parlier put such a policy into practice (without the shooting) when, after only a few days of notice, they raised their water bills for every business in the area ... by 300 percent. Stores paying 90 bucks were suddenly paying $280, while businesses found themselves in debt for thousands of dollars -- but the real steamer on the chest was the fact that the city admits that this is all because they made a clerical error in 2007. 4 U.S. Cities That Are Sadistically Screwing With Residents | Cracked.com

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 24, 2013 11:42 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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