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Man Pays Electric Bills for Families on Brink of Losing Power Before Christmas
Breitbart ^ | 12.18.19 | Katherine Rodriguez

Posted on 12/18/2019 4:29:21 PM PST by malach

A Florida man who once spent Christmas without power is literally paying it forward by paying off the power bills for 36 families with accounts that were past due.

Mike Esmond said he never forgot the Christmas he spent with his daughter in 1983 in Pensacola, back when he did not have heat or power because he could not pay his bill, the Associated Press reported.

Esmond, 73, recalled it was one of the coldest days on record in the area at 9 degrees, and remembered seeing icicles hanging from the windows.

The 73-year-old small business owner went to the city of Gulf Breeze this month, requested a list of all utility accounts past due and at risk of having their power shut off, and paid off all 36 accounts on that list.

The grand total of the accounts paid off amounted to $4,600.

The Pensacola News Journal reported that instead of sending out notices that their utilities would be shut off, the city sent out cards notifying them of Esmond’s gesture.

“It is our honor and privilege to inform you that your past due utility bill has been paid by

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: charity; christmas; electric; florida
Peace on earth;goodwill to men (and everyone else). People like this are the salt of the earth.
1 posted on 12/18/2019 4:29:21 PM PST by malach
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To: malach
People need to pay their electric bill. It's the most neglected bill, and it's probably the 3rd most important bill after your rent/mortgage and car payment.
2 posted on 12/18/2019 4:38:16 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (20 FReepin' years of Freakin' FReeping!!! FReep yeah!)
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To: malach

I heard a few years ago about someone paying off layaways. Might do that.


3 posted on 12/18/2019 4:42:55 PM PST by Mercat
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To: malach

What a kind person. Bless him!


4 posted on 12/18/2019 4:45:00 PM PST by Exit148
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To: malach

That’s not what paying it forward is. Nobody paid his Bill. This is simply a good act.


5 posted on 12/18/2019 4:51:35 PM PST by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51; Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: malach

“...went to the city of Gulf Breeze...”

Wouldn’t he go directly to the electric company, instead of the city? Just curious why the city would be involved in it.


6 posted on 12/18/2019 4:56:23 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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Some citys have their own power companies Anaheim where i live is one


7 posted on 12/18/2019 5:04:14 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom Hi Dad)
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To: malach

Good stuff.


8 posted on 12/18/2019 5:08:01 PM PST by MarMema (Proud co-pilot for John James)
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To: jacknhoo

It’s practically the dictionary definition of “paying it forward”. If he was doing this because someone else had paid his bill in the past, that would be “paying it back”.


9 posted on 12/18/2019 5:11:30 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: carriage_hill

Some municipalities own & operate their own electric utility departments. I’m the city administrator of a town in Minnesota that does just that.


10 posted on 12/18/2019 5:11:38 PM PST by Dan C (We are what we repeatedly do - excellence therefore is not an act but a habit. Aristotle)
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To: carriage_hill

It’s not 9 degrees in Florida. These people need to have financial plan not more enabling.


11 posted on 12/18/2019 5:14:02 PM PST by keving (We the government)
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To: jacknhoo

Please allow me to qualify my previous post to you. I should just have said that it’s not necessary to pay like with like — any good deed can be paid forward with any other good deed. Otherwise, I agree with you.


12 posted on 12/18/2019 5:34:53 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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Thought it would be Tome Steyer. He’s such a wonderful person. Going to save the planet you know.


13 posted on 12/18/2019 5:42:08 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!)
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Someone in Virginia gave a car to a country pastor desperately in need of one to serve his church. It blessed the whole community as he often gave rides to the hospital (60-90 miles away) for those in need.


14 posted on 12/18/2019 6:18:23 PM PST by Boomer One ( ToUsesn)
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To: keving

It was 9 degrees in 1983 when the good Samaritan’s power was cut off.


15 posted on 12/18/2019 6:38:23 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Dogbert41

Saw one of Styer’s “save the planet” campaign commercials tonight. Highly comical.


16 posted on 12/18/2019 6:39:28 PM PST by Rebelbase
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Similar lows across all the deep south that Christmas.

More than a few neighbors in Houston came home to floods inside. Water pipes (installed in the ceiling, of all places) froze, burst then hosed down the insides when things warmed up over the next day or so.

I paid my electric bills, but didn’t have enough $$ left over to take that Christmas’ trip. So I lucked out and kept my system intact.


17 posted on 12/18/2019 11:57:23 PM PST by Oscar in Batangas (January 20, 2017, High Noon. The end of an error.)
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