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Letter of the Day | Utility companies difficult, too

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM


I read with interest your editorial, The price society pays, published on August 4. Your opening paragraph, "Utility companies reminded us this week how notoriously difficult it is to do business in Jamaica by explaining the high levels of theft they face every day."

Equally, they make it notoriously difficult for consumers to do business. I have been a customer of JPS for almost 30 years. Recently, my roof, including all the electrical wirings, was damaged by fire.

A month ago, I visited the Church Street office in downtown Kingston to apply for temporary power supply. That request was denied. I was told that the premises had to be rewired and passed by a certified electrician before they could give me electricity.

Now, In order for the roof to be installed and the ceiling bed reconstructed to facilitate the running of the electrical wires, electricity is needed to operate the electrically powered tools, such as the electric saw and the electric drill.

Now, because I am a law-abiding citizen and decided to play by the rules, I got shafted. Had I taken the other approach and 'throw up wires', I wouldn't be having this problem. Sometimes you are the ones who make it notoriously difficult to do business in Jamaica.

Nurville Mcleod