Meridian Energy, a New Zealand based company, apologized recently for sending a letter to a streetlight, threatening to cut off it’s electricity for not paying it’s bills. The streetlight has yet to comment on the incident.
The letter was originally delivered to the streetlight’s neighbor Clive Saleman, who thought it was meant for him, but remembered he was with a different power company. After seeing the letter was addressed to the occupier “771800Streetlights,” a light went off in Saleman’s head and he realized the bill was meant for the actual streetlight itself.
Being the concerned good neighbor that Saleman is, he tried delivering the letter to the streetlight and explaining the situation but got no response. “I went down to the light and knocked on the door to see if they wanted their mail, but no-one came out,” Salemen said.
Sure, ignore the bill now, Mr. 771800Streetlights, but you’re gonna’ regret it when your credit score takes a hit. It might seem like a joke when you’re young, but just wait until you want to have little lamps of your own and need to buy a home.
The company eventually realized the letter was sent out because of an “automated administrative process.” The computer responsible for the error is currently on paid administrative leave.
[Source: Meridian sends letter to lamp post]