A major problem with the electric company in Merida

Posted By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 With 2 Comments

Today is July 11, 2016.
The bell rang at our door this afternoon and it was the electric company requesting that we turn off our breakers so that they could replace the meter. I am from Canada and have had experiences where is the service company replaces something, it usually means prices go up . I asked why they were replacing it . I do not speak Spanih very well and they had the engineer explain it to me. Some pieces inside the meter were broken. I said ok replace it then . He did not require me to off my breakers as they had already disconnected the power. I asked if he could put the old one back until he had the replacement on site. He explained that I required some papers and wanted me to sign them . I never sign documents unless I have  a fully fluent interpreter on hand.i was using my maid. I signed and put in English that I was unhappy about the disconnect as our bills were always paid . The engineer then let me know that we had to go to the office and pay money before the reconnect.
I sent my daughter and the maid with the amount that the bill would be next time I had to pay it.
We had no avenue of communication. When a friend came over with his cel,we texted my daughter for an update as to when the reconnect would occur. She informed me that we are required to pay 113,000 pesos before the reconnect would occur! This must be paid in 3 days.
We tried to ask why so much as we do pay about 2000 pesos each bill. We have been here for 5 years. We have always paid and never been late. The answer was fague. The fellow said that the system nationally decides. I asked who in the previous three hours decided this and on what basis is the figure determined. No answer was forthcoming. I again asked  what is the hierarchy of the process by position title. No answer.  I explained that we do not keep that amount of disposable cash here in Mexico and it is against the law for us to move more than 10,000dollars out of Canada in one month. He did not appear to care.
I asked who owned the equipment. He said the company. I asked what the company policy was for a technician to check the meters. He replied every three years. I asked when the meter was checked last by the company. He said 6 years ago.
The engineer had explained to me that half of the meter was not registering . So I did the math.
If it is our responsibility   A big IF
6 payments per year  x. Approx 2000 pesos each payment
Equals.   4 years (we have lived here) x 12000. Pesos (annually)       48000 pesos
3 years as they did not check it since 2010 and were supposed to in 2013.
Equals. 36000 pesos.
Therefore even if their meter was not working an the assumption is that it was billing half ( which I doubt) we disconnect our Tvs, microwave, unless in use and use ac sporatically, I do not keep the computers plugged in.
Double is nowhere near 10.000 pesos

I asked the fellow if there was some compromise or solution. He said no. I asked my daughter to write down his statement of compromise  in Spanish and he refused to sign it .

I am looking for a house to rent fast as this is crazy and we cannot live like this with not even a fan.  I will be contacting a realtor and selling out as this frightens me that we can be accused and sentenced so arbitrarily.

I do believe this is against the Mexican Constitution as no one has the right to accuse try and sentence another without due process.
I know that I did not take care of, or damage their property. They apparently think I did something to their meter.
It is their property and I think I should be taken to task if I am guilty . I am not. I have had several certified electricians view not touch the meter. It was noted that condensation was in it last rainy season. The electric company has replaced the wires on our street and come to rehang a wire that came loose onto our driveway entrance. They have read the meter every 3 months I was told . It is not my equipment . Why do they not take care of it and why am I responsible?
They willfully are blackmailing us arbitrarily. They are destroying our comfort and food and forcing us out of our home.

I suggest that all expats get solar and have the electric company pay them.

So now we are a family of five with no phone, no internet, no fridge, stove or water pump.

Thanks for listening
Wish us luck in our fight
Yours truly
Dale Sherin

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  1. Anynms says:

    Issue: “The Mexican Drug War”.

    Subject:

    Presently, The Mexican Drug War, is currently active. It bears itself originating from within Mexican National borders. Comprising itself is the Mexican Drug War “Drug Cartels”. These Mexican Drug War “Drug Cartels”, specify themselves as importers and exporters, manufacturers, researchers, and, distributors, primarily, of the drugs cocaine [and methamphetamine]; though singularity rests itself from the composition of The Mexican Drug War, as The Mexican Drug War “Drug Cartels”, pinpointing cocaine and its illegality.

    The manufacturing of cocaine within Mexican National borders, within therefore The Mexican Drug War, by The Mexican Drug War “Drug Cartels”, is itself partially vaguely, quote, rural, unquote, to Mexican societal cultural elements. Of course indirect to the surrealistic notability found within Mexico’s culture, the criterion, being humanistic, within The Mexican Drug War “Drug Cartel’s” imports and exports, research, manufacturing, and, distribution, of cocaine, does qualify itself very mildly notable, being therefore symbolic and infatuating, as is in reference by means of evidential sustaining continuity of The Mexican Drug War.

    It is although notable, at a minimal magnitude, of the mere capability from within The Mexican Drug War, by the “Drug Cartels”, as the surrealistic aspects or presences of warfare engagements conducted within The Mexican Drug War by the “Drug Cartels, are not substantial of criterion of the defense of “Drug Cartel” cocaine. This is notable by means of understanding elements or pinpoints found within Mexican National culture. Explicit discretion can be understood when regarding The Mexican Drug War or its “Drug Cartels”, as situational self-issues or foreign or domestic issues, can arise, bringing forward inadequate comprehensiveness within proficient understanding. Therefore, the Mexicans within The Mexican Drug War, being the “Drug Cartels”, do not possess bearing nor actuality of engagements, of warfare engagements for the defense of “Drug Cartel” cocaine. Secondly, the importing and exporting of cocaine by the “Drug Cartels”, given Mexican National culture, cannot be withheld, fully by the “Drug Cartels”, though can sustain itself at near 58% of the Worlds street cocaine, referring to imports and exports within The Mexican Drug War by the “Drug Cartels”.

    [The research, manufacturing, and, distribution, of, the drug methamphetamine within The Mexican Drug War, does not qualify itself a primary or substantial evidence of backing or inlay, justifiably. Therefore The Mexican Drug War “Drug Cartels”, are within complete exemption within The Mexican Drug War, as it merely is comprised of the focus, of cocaine and not methamphetamine. It is accurate to note the incompatibility within The Mexican Drug War, as only cocaine qualifies, though methamphetamine does not; it is via the incompatibility by means of elemental criterion found within Mexican National culture, providing the withholding allocation of the humanistic non-substantiability, referring to meth.]

    The Mexican Drug War and its “Drug Cartels”, are currently active.

    07-2015; Inner-U.S.A. National Borders. No responses.

  2. dean hodgson says:

    Good morning, “Three Year Chelem Beach Restoration Project”
    “Where Did The Money Go?”

    Whatever happened to the 50 million pesos slated to the beach restoration and maintenance for the next 3 years?

    The work was complete over 1 year ago with no engineering surveys being done, no maintenance on the empty and broken esplonones, it is really starting to look shabby!

    Some areas are OK and working.

    This is the only beach the Yucatan State has and generates millions in tax revenue for the state govt. from the summer tourist and resident beach tax.

    To neglect the beach is irresponsible.

    Dean Hodgson, Chelem

  3. Dean Hodgson says:

    buenos días, una copia de seguridad se requiere la presentación de informes por el periódico relativo a los gobiernos gran anuncio de $ 50 millones de pesos para restaurar la playa chelem, el trabajo para iniciar hace un mes.
    Al parecer no hay dinero ni trabajo futuro o reparación en las estribaciones cayendo a pedazos.
    ingeniería eje no tiene trabajo por parte del gobierno.

  4. Dean Hodgson says:

    good morning, back up reporting is required by the newspaper concerning the governments big announcement of $50 million pesos to restore the chelem beach,work to start a month ago.
    Apparently there is no money and no future work or repairs to the spurs falling apart.
    Axis engineering has no work from the government.

  5. Christian Heitmann says:

    Hi Yucatan Times!

    No matter how much you should care, I just want to inform you that I read about the “horror” festival in the city of Citilcum in Izamal, Yucatan.

    I can hardly believe what I read in your newspaper regarding cruel torture against animals in this so called festival.
    How can this really happen in a civilized world in the year of 2016?

    Due to this horror event our planned honeymoon to the Yucatan peninsula and Mexico is definitely cancelled. Care of animals is an important part of life and I will spread the word to everybody in my network what is going on I Yucatan!

    Please don’t hesitate if you should have any questions!

    Best regards
    Christian Heitmann
    Bergen, Norway

  6. Michael Dan says:

    Where is the news coverage about 15 hotels taken over by fake, drunk security guards on Tulum Beach? Guests, employees and owners given one hour to leave and some violence!

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