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Old 11-08-2012, 04:30 AM
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What does a plumber charge for a sewage backup in the middle of the night? Ya think he charges the same amount?
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I can definitely attest to this. Years ago I used to work at night for an oil service and delivery company during the winters. I usually worked nights and the answering service would route emergency calls to me. Any calls at night, the hours were billed with a 50% surcharge. Run out of oil and need a delivery in the middle of the night? There was a night delivery surcharge, and if you ran out of oil then more than likely your burner would need to be primed and you probably sucked some gunk into the filter. So you also got an emergency service call at the same time for about $180.

The worse was when someone would call saying the boiler shut down and wouldn't come on. Before driving out I would always try to walk them through a few steps, check fuel level, check for power, check thermostats, most importantly check that emergency switch wasn't accidentally turned off. You would be surprised at the amount of times people would tell me "I checked the switch, it is on", then I would show up and it would be turned off. If I put my boots on in the middle of the night and drove out, I had to charge them. If the customer was an ***, I would simply turn it on and hand them the pill. If the customer was nice, or one of our existing customers then I would explain the situation to them and let them know I had to charge, then I would usually do a quick 15 minute service call and change there filters or something to give them there moneys worth.

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This gas shortage has opened my eyes to how vulnerable my area is to catastrophe, both natural and man made. Meaning if a major storm or terrorists wipe out NYC and the bridges long island and its 7.5 million people are on their own.
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You guys should be getting some help from us soon. Last night the state was saying that they were going to lower our out of state transportation of fuel regs so that distributors could start sending some of there fuel stored here to NY and NJ. Of course they'll use that as an excuse to rise our prices here next week though.



But if you guys want to talk about price gouging and exploiting situations. One of the divided highways heading into Boston from the south has some of the worse gas stations. There are a number of them who adjust there prices multiple times a day. What they will do is in the AM the ones on the Northbound side (rush hour traffic heading into the city) will be charging .10 more than the southbound side. In the afternoon, when the traffic is heading south out of the city, the northbound side is cheaper and the southbound side will be .10 more.
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