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FPL / disconnection

1 Bradenton, FL, United States Review updated:

I'm not sure if you guys would be interested in airing this or not but I've just had a serious experience with FPL and wondered if anyone had contacted you with the same/similar issue regarding customer service with them.

On Oct 4 the payment extension that I got through FPL was due in the amount of $363.668. I did not get paid until Oct 6 and when I realized this error I called them and asked if they could extend my time only 2 days until I got paid. I was told that could not be done. They could not physically extend my extension and if I didn't make my payment that day my power would be turned off. I explained to her that I didn't have the funds to do this with until Thursday the 6th. She then proceeded to tell me that it takes 2 days to reach my account and that I should be OK paying it that day. I reluctantly paid this hoping it would wait until Thursday to hit my account. I was wrong! It actually reach my account the very next day. I was unaware of this until I accessed my bank account on Thursday to check my deposit and see if their payment had cleared or was pending or had even reached my bank yet. It had and was already in the process of being returned. I immediately called FPL and explained the problem and was told by this customer service rep that she would note my account and when I asked her if I could go ahead and make that payment then I was told no that I had to wait for an additional final notice that would have the $363.68 which was September's bill along with October's bill of $423.42 that I could then file an extension for. Looking everyday in the mail for this so that we could make that payment and extend the other, we never received that final notice. My husband is out of work the entire month of September and we play catch up the next few months.

Moving to today Oct 27. My son is at home, a minor, but old enough to be home alone, receives a knock on the door and it is FPL looking for my husband or myself. We were both working. The tech handed my son the disconnect notice and proceeded to turn our power off. He called and told me and I immediately called FPL again and tried to explain the situation at hand and plead my case and explain that I was told by their rep to pay the bill without having the funds in my account and that I was then told by another one of their reps to wait for a bill that never arrived. I also explained that had I not been told to pay the first bill without having the funds and was just extended the 2 day grace that I was asking for that I would not be on the phone with them right now and I would still have power. They didn't care that their reps messed up and gave me inappropriate advice. We were also behind on our rent and I had to call my landlord and ask her not to deposit my rent check that I was just able to pay yesterday, as I had to use this money for FPL and they wanted the entire amount of $787.10. So now we are at risk for losing our place to live and are working on being 2 months behind with our landlord. I'm now also afraid that they are going to charge us an additional deposit due to the lateness and disconnection of our power that we are already struggling to pay now. So now my husband and children are sitting in the dark tonite with no power as FPL also has a 24 hour turn around time to reconnect your power. I also called them multiple times after paying the amount they requested to get my power turned back on to make sure that it would be turned back on tonite and I was advised that their techs work until 9 or 10 pm and then start again at 7am the next day. I contact my family at 930 to see if the power had been reconnected and I was advised it had not. Then my last call to them tonite I was told that they were done for the night and that they have my work order for it to be turned back on but that they had until 5:37 the following day as that was the time I made my payment to them. So as they sit there tonite without power FPL sits there with my money and the capabilities to turn it back on but did not. We are extremely frustrated as they had enough techs out to come turn it off but not enough to make sure that it was back on in a decent amount of time. I feel that they are doing it on purpose as to teach us/me a lesson as parts of my conversation with them were not very nice from my end.

Have you had anyone contact you reference FPL's customer service and their inadequate customer service? I'm just curious as I googled FPL lawsuits/complaints and there are several and I am uncertain how to handle this now.

Thank you in advance for any help you might have on this situation and where I can get help for possible future problems that we might encounter.

Kim Wilson

Manatee County Resident

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  • Ki
      28th of Oct, 2011
    -3 Votes

    Well you were helpful! NOT!! And I budget just fine! Did you miss the part where my husband is out of work every year the month of Sept? We are a paycheck to paycheck living family. Apparently you make six figures or better a year. My budget has nothing to do with the fact that they lied and mislead. So thank for your comment and don't comment again. You're useless!

  • My
      29th of Oct, 2011
    -4 Votes

    Excellent review Kim. Don't mind some of these members. They like to troll the review. Hopefully my3cents.com will take over this site soon, and they'll be moderators to weed out the undesirables.

  • Pu
      10th of Feb, 2012
    -2 Votes

    They turned mine off I payed and now I too have a huge deposit and it took 23 hours to turn it on I have 3 kids and we sat in the dark on an acre of land in the middle of nowhere our food was ruined I realize I did not pay the bill which is a ridiculous amount with all their extra added cost but 23 hours! there should be a shorter window in time of reconnect. We need other alternatives options choices they have monopolized at our expense. We should have a date where we all turn off our breakers let their ground shake...

  • Ti
      2nd of Jan, 2013
    -1 Votes

    FPL is the WORST POWER COMPANY ON THE PLANET. They are so corrupt that they have shut my power 3 times this year to make the reconnect fees. I have paid the bill people, and have proof. They won't even credit the fees and make up excuses. The people they HIRE TO SHUT OUR POWER get paid only if they shut it, so there is no incentive to even knock on your door, let alone get a check from you. CORRUPT! WHEN WILL THE GOVERMENT INVESTIGATE HOW MANY MILLIONS THEY MAKE BY THIS ONE DECEPTIVE SCAM? DISCOVER THE IMPACT OF THIS SCAM ON SO MANY FAMILIES TRYING TO COPE IN THIS oBAMACONOMY... WHO IS fpl PAYING OFF TO KEEP THIS FROM HAPPENING WHILE WILDLY DOCUMENTED! I HOPE fpl EXECUTIVES ALL DIE OF BRAIN TUMORS THIS YEAR...

  • Ja
      18th of Jul, 2018
    -1 Votes

    I am in the same boat right now! We budget every month and live paycheck to paycheck also and my husband works and I lost my job, so I requested a extension and they gave me one for Tue the 17th and he doesn’t get paid until Friday the 20th. I called them and asked if they would please give me a two day extension until Friday morning even telling them they could set up auto pay to guarantee payment, was told that they could NOT do that and however not to worry Bc I am not set up for D/C anywhere in my statement with them. I don’t believe them of course because they say one thing and yet do a completely different thing. They did say if I didn’t make the payment I will have ANOTHER deposit which they already have $800 dollar deposit when we moved in. Also said I would not be able to get another extension in the future. So here I sit with two children not able to sleep and worrying about what time they will turn me off in the Am? I have searched online to see if anybody else has been in that situation where they have not been able to meet the extension date and was not turned off I received a final notice after the extent you date, but I have not been able to see that anywhere online. They are no help whatsoever they can manually go in and give you an extension date after you got a computer extension date because they did it for me to years ago when I was in the hospital and I just had gotten out they extended me when I spoke to a manager. I did asked to speak to a supervisor this time and she informed me she could not do that and that it was not done I argued with her and told her it was done if she looked at my chart she would see that she was very very rude no help at all. We are not low class we are just like 99% of the population that lives paycheck to paycheck and if one loses a job the domino effect starts and start to lose a lot more then just electric.

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