Chutzpah: Its Raining Money

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption.

In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment. For more Yiddish Words

Chutzpah: It raining money

Yet it is creating a drought in my small surplus of funds. I have to say I am enraged to the point that I wrote a letter to my water company about the proposed rate increase. I believe that things cost money. I also know that rate increases are part of life. What I am having a hard time understanding is how I am using less water and instead of paying $90 a month our current bill is $168.  Our water bill five years ago was $50 a month. That means our rate has tripled and more in five years. I wish my husband’s salary would do the same. The best part is I am paying this rate increased based on a “proposed” amount that has not yet been voted on. The increase is because the infrastructure needs to be replaced.  I was wondering if I will get to own a certain pipe in the infrastructure since $78 overage a month multiplied by 12 equates to $936.00 a year. That is a big increase from the $1080 we were paying last year.

I wonder will they return my money with interest if the increase is not passed? I can’t believe that companies are allowed to do this. If you could please, leave your wallet at the door because we intend to charge for Madame Deals in the year 2020. We think we may charge $500 for every minute you read something on our site. If we change our mind on the amount we will let you know. Well maybe. Yes, I am kidding about charging for Madame Deals.

I am outraged that a company can charge based on a proposed amount. Did they ever think about the cost associated with returning the money they collected I bet that amount could buy a pipe or ten? I wonder is there a way to get the new pipes the companies needs without draining its users?

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  1. Amanda Y. says

    I am completely with you on this one! That is ridiculous. Their mere excuse being new infrastructure is needed is pathetic, because they should have been budgeting for that all along! I too have been struggling with water expenses–we are extremely frugal, use rain barrel water outside and use MINIMAL water inside to keep our bill at the minimum charge–which is $70 for 2 months. But, why is there a minimum that high? The little old lady across the street has to pay that for just her. We have 2 people and for one month this year, we had no water (could flush toilet, but nothing else) due to waiting for a sewer pipe to be replaced), yet we didn’t get to pay less for that cycle! Then the next month when it was fixed and I had 500 loads of laundry, guess what? We owed for all the extra, even though it was only the same money we didn’t use and didn’t get credited the month before! Crying shame crooks–that’s what our cities have become.

  2. Laura says

    Er, infrastructure is more than just some pipes. But pipes need to be replaced, too. They can’t just pull that money out of thin air. They’re not like TV evangelists that pull in tons of money and sit on gold-gilded chairs and are driven in limos. They’re not getting rich off of this. Much of our country’s infrastructure is technologically ancient and will need to be replaced, period, whether our pocketbooks like it or not. No one wants to pay taxes; no one wants to pay a higher bill; yadda, yadda, yadda; but we have to be realistic. The money has to come from somewhere. Maybe the rich TV evangelists could be forced to pay for it. 😉

    BUT, that being said, I do agree COMPLETELY that utility customers should NEVER be billed extra based on a “proposed” increase. It should only happen upon the voting and acceptance of the increase.

  3. Liz says

    Just by reading your entry I know what neighborhood you live in because I live there also. My husband was laid off in Feb. so the last thing we needed was to watch our water bill double. The funny thing is my oldest is in college this year so we had one less person consuming water and our bill was nearly double what it was two years ago. I understand the need for rate hikes and could handle a small increase every year but not this much and the way they went about the first increase was very underhanded, switching the billing period so we wouldn’t notice that they had doubled our rate. I hope to see some of my money back but I’m not counting on it.

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