A sign above the drive-thru payment window of the New Bern Utilities Building states “Thank you for your business.”
While I paid my bill I was touched by the appreciation the city has for resident business but wonder why it’s necessary. The city has a monopoly on the selling of electricity to New Bernians unless residents happen to be serviced by Duke Energy.
The alternative to doing “business” with the city is to do without — or put up some form of alternative energy source, not a likely alternative for most residents.
Maybe the sign should read “Thank for not doing without — but it you don’t pay promptly we can help there, too.”
John Phaup, New Bern