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Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006, 02:16 pm
To Do

Call the ESB and ask "Why do you keep billing me over and over for november?"
Call broadband people and ask "Why are you billing me for four months in advance?"
Call the gas supply and ask "Why are you not sending me any bills?"
Call the county council and ask "So how much do I owe you parasitic, double taxing sumbags for refuse collection?"
Sign on the live register for next years election, obtain a list of campaign promises from the previous election for candidates in my area. Start stockpiling feces in handy projectile lumps.
Find the previous tenants and beat them with crowbars.
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Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Legally yes, morally I have a problem with having someone else pay for my crap. Of course I have a bigger problem with the charge existing at all.
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Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I never said I agreed with the moral end of things though. I'll do the usual - pay it and then pay him less rent next month since I have better things to crusade about.
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Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Meh, I figure when we're getting rode like ponies by everyone else, its hard to get too stroppy about 80 quid a landlord should be paying. I'm going to have a tough enough time not being the crazy bloke on the soapbox screaming at passers by without getting worried about that.

Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
ulaire_daidoji

Well ultimately all that will happen is that your landlord will start paying the 80 quid and then up your rent by 80 quid. Oh you don't like that do you? well move out and I'll charge the next tenant X+80 quid and they'll be none the wiser.

Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Yeah, if only there were some system where you could pay your dues to the government and civil authorities on a weekly or monthly basis and have it taken out of your pay in small increments.

Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
ulaire_daidoji

Well I prefer the whole idea of a 'user pays' system. Of course it won't work on things like the Police but on things liek refuse collection and water rates it should.

You should pay for refuse collection by weight. The recycling industry should be better regulated and citizens should be legally bound to use it.

I'm pretty sure with some investment from the government we could be doing the ethically correct thing AND provide employment.

Wed, Jan. 18th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
cartographer

You sure? Who says? He doesn't pay for our electricity or phone bills. It doesn't make sense to me that he'd pay for our waste collection, since (afaik) you don't pay if you don't generate any waste. (That's right, right?)

Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
bastun_ie

One of the nice things about living in a "middle class" area is knowing we're extremely unlikely ever to actually be brought to court for refusing to pay the refuse charges/double tax. I think the last 'court action will follow if you don't pay within x days' letter we got was over 18 months ago.

Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

This time might be a bit different though since they're not collecting the bins any more. I'm waiting to see what kind of legal/social/political response comes about as a result of this. No doubt the same whining little swine who voted it in with one hand will continue to protest it with the other.

Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
bastun_ie

Again - I'm all right, Jack. They still collect the bins from middle-class areas that don't pay... it's only 'lower'/'working'/lots-of-people-renting class areas that have the temerity to protest the double-taxation where they stop collecting from.

Tue, Jan. 17th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
specky_ie

...sorry, but I just still have this little mental image of you with a tiny little saddle on and a bridle, and some little twirp-ette from Foxrock in jodpurs and a riding hat sitting on your back and spanking you on the bum with a little stick and saying "Mommy this pony won't wide wound in circles like it's supposed to!"

Quick pass me some plastic pants...I think I'm going to make a mess....