Reply to post: Wetware isn't much better

£99,999, what's your emergency? Paramedics rush to OAP's aid after shock meter reading

Daedalus Silver badge

Wetware isn't much better

I got a bill recently for way more than our usual tab. It turned out that the meter reader, bless their cotton socks, read 60994 as 61994, 1000 kWh over. It's understandable with the old-style meter we have, where each digit is read from a pointer against a small dial, the dials go alternately in opposite directions, and you're supposed to take to lesser of the two numbers that the dial pointer is between. With the impending turnover from the 60900's to the 61000's, the thousands pointer was oh-so-close to the "1", but the reader should have known that for 61994 the pointer would be closer to the "2".

Well, you pay peanuts.....

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