848. Gas Co.: You Just Wait For Us!


848. The National Griddle rep called. "We think something's wrong with your gas meter. We need to send someone to check it out. While there, he also needs to check out your stove. That means you have to be home." Claire said, "Well, thank goodness! I've always thought my meter was malfunctioning. My bills are ridiculous! So, how does Wednesday sound?" The rep said, "Okay, someone'll be there Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m." Claire exclaimed, "Eight to midnight? You think I'm going to wait all day and all night for your gasman?" The rep said, "If you're not there when he comes, we'll bill you $12.68." Claire stammered, "If‐if‐if you do, I'll call the police!" The rep said, "Read your contract. How about Saturday, noon to six?" Claire agreed. The gasman failed to arrive on Saturday. But when Claire's next gas bill arrived, she saw a little assessment: $12.68. 4.2

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