Michigan Power Company Turns Woman's ...

Michigan Power Company Turns Woman's Power Off Over One Penny

There are 7 comments on the WFMY-TV Greensboro story from May 17, 2006, titled Michigan Power Company Turns Woman's Power Off Over One Penny. In it, WFMY-TV Greensboro reports that:

What's a penny worth? Plenty to the electric utility in Flint, Michigan. Consumers Energy shut off Jacqueline Williams' power because she was a penny short on a more than a 16-hundred dollar electric payment.

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Just Thinking

Farmington, MI

#1 May 17, 2006
Like many of these stories there are some unanswered questions that come to my mind. Like how did she run up a 16 hundred dollar bill to begin with and did she hold out that penny as a gesture of defiance? If so then they were justified in cutting her off as a matter of principle. It's difficult to make any comments without enough information. I seriously doubt that she just accidently wrote the check a penny short and they just came out without any other communication and cut her off.
MRS

New Egypt, NJ

#2 May 17, 2006
What a great publicity stunt. This lady is pretty smooth. I bet she has some kind of beef with Michigan Power, and isn't letting the cat out of the bag just yet. I wonder if this is a subtle reminder to MP that she's got some POWER too. Pun intended.
Knock Knock

United States

#3 May 17, 2006
If I was her now. I would say I want to pay you the penny, but I can't find my purse because it's dark inside the house...Anyone got a match??
Gabber

Seattle, WA

#4 May 19, 2006
To the LSJ...this was very fickle and unreliable journalism in which whoever authorized its publishing should be scolded. You have given a wonderful utility a bad name to many people who are too ignorant to realize that Ms. Williams it an ungrateful woman with a huge lack of decency. To the public...what people need to realize is that when assistance agencies agree to pay a bill, it is coming out of YOUR taxes. The Department of Human Services (a state office) paid 50% of her bill...$800 of our taxes. Don't you think we should be a little more selective with who we help? Another 25% came from the Salvation Army and Conumers Energy itself covered the other 25% through its Peoplecare Program which is funded by donations from warm-hearted customers and employees. This is the type of situation that makes it hard for people to continue to be sympathetic to people's misfortunes. All the world is a stage and there are some pretty good actors. Would Conusmers Energy have donated money to Ms. Williams if they would have known she would take the money no problem, and then dish this ridiculious story to national media? No. I'm sure their funding could go to many other families who would have appreciated it.
MRS

Voorhees, NJ

#5 May 19, 2006
Gabber wrote:
To the LSJ...this was very fickle and unreliable journalism in which whoever authorized its publishing should be scolded. You have given a wonderful utility a bad name to many people who are too ignorant to realize that Ms. Williams it an ungrateful woman with a huge lack of decency. To the public...what people need to realize is that when assistance agencies agree to pay a bill, it is coming out of YOUR taxes. The Department of Human Services (a state office) paid 50% of her bill...$800 of our taxes. Don't you think we should be a little more selective with who we help? Another 25% came from the Salvation Army and Conumers Energy itself covered the other 25% through its Peoplecare Program which is funded by donations from warm-hearted customers and employees. This is the type of situation that makes it hard for people to continue to be sympathetic to people's misfortunes. All the world is a stage and there are some pretty good actors. Would Conusmers Energy have donated money to Ms. Williams if they would have known she would take the money no problem, and then dish this ridiculious story to national media? No. I'm sure their funding could go to many other families who would have appreciated it.
Was I right? Was this a publicity stunt? Is Ms. Williams angry at MP for something? What? Is it really possible to have $1,600.oo electric bill? Does she live in an apartment building? Did someone rig her meter (bogart the electric) and she's unable to prove it?(Cable TV theft scenario?) Just wondering?

If the answer to these questions is NO, then I agree she's a loser.
Knock Knock

United States

#6 May 19, 2006
I found a penny on the ground today at the grocery store, what's her address?? I'll send it to her and the power company can have their "precious penny"!!!
MRS

Voorhees, NJ

#7 May 19, 2006
I wouldn't send the penny to Ms. Williams, I don't think she needs it. However, I do think she has a hard on for Michigan Power, for some reason.

(I could be totally wrong, but who cares, I'm in cyber world, so I'll continue in fantasy.)

So... I propose people write personal checks to MP on behalf of Ms. Williams and flood their accounts receivalbe department with penny checks.

Or maybe we could start a collection like was done for dialysis, but instead of aluminum pop-tops send in old chewed up bubble gum.

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