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to not want the meter man to wander round my garden.......

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lottiejenkins Tue 05-Jul-11 13:15:02

My electric meter is down the side of my house. I live alone(when ds is at residential school) I am of a nervy disposition due to various things....I do now have a very loud dog.
This morning i looked up from what i was doing and saw a man i didnt know wandering round the garden.Bumble (dog) jumped into the bay window and made a racket! I went out and asked him what he wanted and he said he was reading the meter. It wouldnt take a minute to knock on the door and tell me what he was doing would it?? I did see his badge when i went out but couldnt see it when i was loking out of the window! I quite prepared to be flamed for this,,,,,,,,,,AIBU???

Danthe4th Tue 05-Jul-11 13:29:52

I moaned the other day because our meter man decided to knock to tell me he was reading the meter, he hadn't bothered before. So I suppose they can't win!!

kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 05-Jul-11 13:45:14

It would have been good manners. Unless he was stealing cuttings from your plants, YAB a little U.

Insomnia11 Tue 05-Jul-11 13:59:19

They should definitely knock on the door to tell you they are reading the meter.

lottiejenkins Tue 05-Jul-11 16:14:41

Thanks for your responses. Its interesting to hear different sides!

Mollymax Tue 05-Jul-11 16:19:06

Was he walking to the meter, or walking across your garden. If he was just going straight to the meter, reading it and going, I do not think he needs to let you know.
You have written it as though he was walking all over your garden. Which he should not be doing.

FoxyRevenger Tue 05-Jul-11 16:21:22

Probably if he does this during working hours he won't bother as so many people won't be in.

YAB a bit U

Sorry smile

usualsuspect Tue 05-Jul-11 16:23:58


he was just doing his job would take him twice as long if he knocked on doors as well

reelingintheyears Tue 05-Jul-11 16:29:04

It wouldn't bother me unless he was nekkid.

Then i would get all flustered.

MassagesDeclinedByNetmums Tue 05-Jul-11 16:33:17

I wish my meter was outside wink

takethisonehereforastart Tue 05-Jul-11 16:37:10

He ought to knock, for his own protection if nothing else.

He doesn't know if your dog is friendly or not and he ought to be prepared for dogs to be out in the garden.

If he just goes wandering in to gardens without at least trying to let the people who live there know he's there then he's bound to meet an agressive dog sooner or later.

BabyYoureAFirework Tue 05-Jul-11 16:48:15

I can't believe how many of you would be ok with a strange man letting himself into your back garden! (and that's not a euphemism wink )

I'm not a nervy person at ALL, but I'd be pissed off if some random guy was wandering around my garden when I wasn't expecting it!

usualsuspect Tue 05-Jul-11 16:59:03

Hes a meter reader doing his job,not a random person

surely if your meters outside its a common occurrence

BabyYoureAFirework Tue 05-Jul-11 17:06:44

My meter is in my back garden - both of them are - that doesn't give people carte blanche to wander in and out as they please without knocking!

lottiejenkins Tue 05-Jul-11 17:11:04

He wandered to one side of the garden, then to the other, by the time i got out there he had found it!!

OddBoots Tue 05-Jul-11 17:11:45

If it is something that is likely to un-nerve you in future too maybe call your utility company to see if they will install a smart meter? Or maybe move to using first utility or similar who offer them as standard?

lesley33 Tue 05-Jul-11 17:13:31

I would prefer the meter reader not to knock on my door. If I am in during the day, I am usually busy doing something and I would prefer not to be interrupted. It woulda lso take him much longer to do his job if he knocked on everyone's door and I am assuming like most people he will have targets to meet. So if you are unhappy you should take it up with his boss, not him, as he is probably just doing what he has been told to do.

Fuzzled Tue 05-Jul-11 17:22:12

Luckily my meters are accessed at the front of the house, but previously I have had them at the back of the house.
To my mind, if the meter is accessible without entering a private area (back garden/through high gate/areano visible from street) then no, the reader doesn't need to knock. However, if the meter is in a private area, then it should be common courtesy that they knock to let you know.
You could be sunbathing naked for all they know! wink

chillistars Tue 05-Jul-11 17:29:52

which makes me wonder, small children could be playing in the garden and you might not want him in there, you could have pets on the loose (rabbits, etc). And, for that matter, are they CRB checked like so many unexpected occupations require nowadays?

usualsuspect Tue 05-Jul-11 17:32:10

I really don't think theres a need to CRB check a meter reader

good grief, the worlds gone mad

lottiejenkins Tue 05-Jul-11 17:48:17

I wouldnt go so far as to think he needed a crb......... Just a polite knock on the door!

chillistars Sun 10-Jul-11 17:06:50

I don't either but I am often meeting people in my line of work and they say that they have had to get a CRB check and I've thought how ridiculous it is - I wouldn't have been surprised if a meter read had to have one.
I don't think that they should have to have one.

chillistars Sun 10-Jul-11 17:07:23

usualsuspect, I quite agree about the world going mad - with regard to CRB checks anyway!

InTheNightKitchen Sun 10-Jul-11 17:11:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Niecie Sun 10-Jul-11 17:12:12

We had a meter reader round a couple of weeks ago who did knock on the door. Just as well because if he hadn't the whole back gate would probably have fallen on him as it was broken and had come away from the wall (it has been fixed now). If he hadn't knocked I could have ended up being sued for injuries!

It is a bit annoying that he knocked but at the same time the window cleaners wander in and out the garden at will and have scared the life out of me on several occasions so a knock is probably better than that.

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