By ScottishSteak - 27/9/2019 16:00

Scotland and its leccy bills

Today, I went to my local supermarket to get my electricity topped up. Problem is, 2 of the 3 cash machines weren't working. The third was, until I tried to withdraw cash, then nope. The supermarket only accepts cash for meter top ups. FML
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By  nix1993  |  41

Just to clarify for all those from outside the UK who are confused by this; generally here power is connected to your house and you pay for the service monthly or annually. However some properties have a pay-as-you-go electricity meter, which means that you pay for your electricity up front and you only pay for what you use. These can be paid for with coins fed directly into the meter or using a pre-paid card that you can top up at a supermarket for example, however it means that when you run out of credit your electricity is cut off until you top up. This isn’t the standard, it’s not particularly common by any means, but it is the case for some people.

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By  pins91  |  24

Could the OP please explain this fml? Do you have to pay for your electricity at the supermarket ? How does that work? You don’t just receive a bill at the end of the month?

By  Lurker1  |  6

Seems like such an odd concept having to go to the supermarket to top up your power. In Australia power is just permanently connected to your house and you just pay the bill every quarter(3 months). Unless you don't pay it then someone comes out and disconnects it.

By  nix1993  |  41

Just to clarify for all those from outside the UK who are confused by this; generally here power is connected to your house and you pay for the service monthly or annually. However some properties have a pay-as-you-go electricity meter, which means that you pay for your electricity up front and you only pay for what you use. These can be paid for with coins fed directly into the meter or using a pre-paid card that you can top up at a supermarket for example, however it means that when you run out of credit your electricity is cut off until you top up. This isn’t the standard, it’s not particularly common by any means, but it is the case for some people.