Woman accuses neighbor of stealing water

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An Augusta woman called police Tuesday afternoon to accuse her neighbor of filling up buckets of water from her hose, causing her water bill to more than double, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s report.

Deborah Samuels, 59, told deputies she had seen her neighbor in the 1400 block of Essie McIntyre Boulevard fill a bucket of water from her hose.

The report said Samuels told deputies she believes her neighbor had been doing this for the last two or three months because her water bill has spiked from $30 to $70 a month.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/05/12 - 05:32 am
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Ask first

Yeh.....they should asked nicely......then maybe take only what they need.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 09/05/12 - 07:34 am
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I agree seenitb4

Perhaps the neighbor is in a financial situation like alot of folks these days. I feel like if she had went to her neighbors and told them about her situation they would have been willing to help her. Instead, she took without asking which is stealing.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/05/12 - 07:42 am
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Apple Valley
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has been the scene of water hoses, electric and cable wires running across the streets to houses with no utilities. Neighbors helping neighbors.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/05/12 - 08:09 am
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Garden Hose yes, Buckets?

I could understand the ability of stealing that amount of water, if they used a garden hose. But buckets? The path between their houses would be so worn, that it would be a ditch after 3 months.

But giving the benefit of some serious doubt here, may be the hose faucet is leaking.

BTW: Did some quick math, that is about 4.9k extra gallons between absolute min usage rate (she said normally $30) and the $70 reported to the police.

Data source:
RC Water rates: http://www.augustaga.gov/index.aspx?nid=775

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/05/12 - 08:38 am
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Good OpenCurtain

I was going to cover that issue also. I don't think that is the complete problem here!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/05/12 - 10:17 am
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A new meaning for Bucket List?
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Or bucket brigade? The new age vocabulary is a daily challenge. "Give it up", now means water.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/05/12 - 12:14 pm
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Brother, can you spare a

Brother, can you spare a bucket of water?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/05/12 - 02:59 pm
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Bucket

I wonder if the neighbor balances the bucket on her head to carry it back home?

KSL
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KSL 09/05/12 - 06:40 pm
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That is a lot of work to

That is a lot of work to steal $40 worth of water.

dade30906
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dade30906 09/05/12 - 08:23 pm
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Love thy neighbor, in need

Love thy neighbor, in need of help in these desperate economy hardship. If a person hunger feed them and a person need water let them drink for your fountain. God rewards those who help the needed. Why call the police, your good deed will not go unnotice?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 09/05/12 - 09:05 pm
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"Love thy neighbor, in need of help..."

Bilge. I have serious misgivings of the quantity taken --enough to double her bill? Doubtful. But justifying it by saying she needs it? I need a set of Ping golf clubs in case the National invites me as a member. Theft is theft, regardless of motive. Inspector Javert has been given a bad rap!

YeCats
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YeCats 09/05/12 - 09:07 pm
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"Ye have not, because ye ask

"Ye have not, because ye ask not."

JRC2024
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JRC2024 09/05/12 - 11:49 pm
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No way she could steal enough

No way she could steal enough water to double the bill in a month. That is like a customer at a hair salon on Belair Road that said we doubled her electric bill when we used her power to cut three pieces of plywood with a skill saw. Never mind that it was very hot outside. We did ask her before we used it. It probably used at least a pennys worth.

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