As much as this blog is about regaining my lost passion for web design, it’s also about my personal struggle to dig myself out of the financial hole I currently find myself in.
Without going into too much detail of what brought me here, I’ll be brief by saying that I live in an economically depressed town that offers nothing but low paying retail jobs. My job in particular saw my hours cut in half over a year ago.
Needless to say, money has been tight for some time now.
During December and January, I damned near starved trying to raise money to cover my Hydro bill. I was dangerously close to being disconnected but managed to raise their blood money nonetheless. (If I see another box of Kraft Dinner, I’m going to kill someone!)
Victory! I was amazed I pulled it off!
My victory was short lived though. Yesterday I get a letter from Hydro One informing me that because I was late in paying they are demanding an additional $188.00 as a security deposit!
WTF! If I had problems raising the cash to pay the bill itself, then where the Hell do they expect me to pull an ‘extra’ $188.00 from? Not to mention I still have $300 outstanding and a fresh new bill on it’s way for the same amount which they will also be adding this security deposit to.
Next month I expect to see a bill for almost $800 which I have no hope in Hell of paying. It’s more than I make in a month!
I’m faced with a few options at this point:
- Move to another place where Hydro is inclusive. (Not going to happen as I’ll never raise first and last months rent. Not to mention rents are outrageous here!)
- Move into a shared accommodation. (Never works out as I have a hard time living with anyone – male or female. I’ll have to move again in no time.)
- Sit here in the dark and cold and pray for death.
Unfortunately, the last one seems like the only viable option at this point.
Don’t get me wrong. I realize these bills need to be paid, but dammit! Give me a frikkin’ break here! I’ve lost 10lbs since all this started and my health is starting to suffer because of this.
A note to Hydro One
You have the NERVE to call me a ‘customer’? You rack up a huge debt then look to me to pay for it under the guise of a ‘Debt Retirement Charge’ which is anywhere from $10-$20 on all my Hydro bills. You prey on the unfortunate by demanding additional money that a lot of us don’t have. You send me a disconnection notice dated for December 24th (Christmas Eve) which tells me just how much you think of your ‘customers’.
I’ve dealt with collection agencies who have had more heart than you! Wake up and smell the economy! Try to help a guy out during these tough times for crying out loud!
So, take your monopolistic attitude and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine! I’ve had more than enough of this shit!