So I’ve been in North Carolina for a few years now. I moved here from Arizona, which (as a State) has some issues, but at least they err on the side of staying out of my personal life choices. Yes, I’d argue that riding a motorbike without a helmet is silly, but in AZ, if that’s your thing, you go right ahead.
After I arrived here, I was shocked to find out that in the great state of NC, you can’t order a medium rare hamburger at most restaurants. The state mandates that unless the restaurant grinds their own beef, you can only order medium.
Why the legislature wasted time on such silliness is beyond me. But allegedly it’s for my own protection.
It’s nice to know they care.
Oh, except while it’s fine to jump in on irrelevant details of my health and well-being, they’re sure as heck not going to mess with any established monopolies that might like to rip money from my wallet without so much as a thank you.
For example, much of the area is exclusively serviced by Time Warner Cable. I pay more here than I ever did in Phoenix for service that is generally slower and definitely less reliable. But I can live with that…
A far worse example is the monopoly held by Progress Energy, our non-friendly local power company who are the sole provider for the area.
I’m currently in the process of applying LCLSMF to my life (less complications, less stress, more fun), as a result of which I’m moving. The new place will be half the size of my current one.
Progress will not connect the power at the new place without a $350 deposit, paid in full upfront. The deposit is regardless of credit history. They claim it’s based on 2 months of utils at the new property, but as I said, it’s half the size of my current place and I’ve pretty much never paid more than $170 for a month of electricity in my current home.
If I don’t pay, I don’t get electricity. If I don’t pay before I move in, they hit me with a reconnect fee too. There’s no assistance, no terms, nothing whatsoever in the way of help. They also won’t connect on a weekend, so I have to pay for extra days before I actually move in. And they hold the deposit for TWO YEARS.
Thanks NC. Great to know you’re looking out for the consumer in these difficult times.
P.s. Slow blogging lately as there’s been a lot going on. I have a bunch of things to talk about that hopefully I’ll get to in the coming weeks…