That is my energy bill. The total falls just short of what is left out of the revenue of the household with most other things taken care of. Look at it closely.
Minimum wage in Jamaica is about $5000/40hr week. The average Jamaican utilizes about the same amount of energy as we do. The only energy guzzlers in this household are a refrigerator, a washing machine and an iron. The washing machine and iron are used for a total of approximately 1.5hrs every 3 days.
On the bill the real reflection of use are the subtotal and the F/E adjustment. The rest is extortion. The Fuel+IPP is a made up number that has no basis. The late payment is a recent "incentive" to pay everything ... on time. If you do, $250 is deducted. If you don't, $250 + GCT (which is about $42 more) is added. You have to pay it all and on time to avoid that.
You have up to 7 days before you are disconnected from the grid. Reconnection demands that you clear the bill and pay a reconnection fee. If the average of 3 months is greater than your deposit then a deposit of that amount may be required for the reconnection.
Evil story short: this thievery has been going on for decades. There is no one looking out for Jamaican interests. If this goes on all who are affected by Jamaicans are going to feel it -- a violent eruption so great, the Jamaican people themselves will self-destruct.
We have no Ombudsman, no Public Defender, no representative. If there are any their hands are tied. Our Consumer Affairs Commission has been dumbed down and handicapped (just like chopping off the hands of a violinist).
There is only one request here: Please stop this atrocious terrorism being carried out by #JPS or else we will take it to extremes: we will either just disappear or become monsters.
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