According to Brown, while doing repairs they asked citizens to turn off air conditioning, but "They weren't responding as fast as we would like them to so we had to send them a strong message by turning the power off." Without warning and, again, on 9/11. Presumably if that hadn't worked, he would have moved on to writing "HAHA FUCK YOU" with street lights.
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.
"Just be grateful we didn't 'correct' it one more decimal place."
Yep, some dweeb at City Hall messed up a decimal point six years ago, thus failing to raise rates on an approved water bill hike -- and so instead of saying "Whoops, we screwed up," the town actually had the balls to charge back pay for rates they never told anyone about. Presumably they're now scouring documents from the 1800s for more errors; that harem of RealDolls for every council member won't pay for itself.