The click of death

“Please submit your meter reading”, said the insistent email from Faceless Autobot Utility Corp ( “We save you money by having no staff” ).

I opened the dimly lit meter cupboard to inspect the ticking box and scribbled the reading onto the back of an envelope. Logging on to the Faceless Autobot Utility Corp ‘Customer Service Portal’; [ ie: a poorly designed, cheap looking website ] I entered the reading which was swiftly rejected as being ‘error in submissino’. Suspecting a technical glitch I refreshed the page, logged in again and re-entered the reading. ‘Error in submissino’. I decided on a whim to enter ‘error in submissino’ into Google Translate which actually translated it correctly. Those clever Googlies. Looking closely at the back of the envelope and the last reading on screen from sixth months earlier I realised that they were identical. My brain began to hurt. I returned to the cupboard and double checked the reading then looked again at the screen. Both readings were clearly the same. Instantly I realised that the new, but now familiar, click I had first heard several months earlier probably indicated that the meter was broken.
[ To be continued. ]

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