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|Problems with Product/Service||2|
|Total Closed Complaints||5|
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820 N. French Street, Wilmington DE 19801
Phone Number: 302-577-8778
Fax Number: 302-577-8203
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Business ManagementMr. Michael Stein, Owner
GAS-PROPANE GAS-PROPANE-EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
3799 N. duPont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901 (302) 422-4281 Directions
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Complaint: Ever since signing up for Poores Propane (which we are under contract for due to our HOA having a contract, thus, we do not have a choice of carrier,) we have been billed inconsistently. Sometimes we may not get a bill for several months at a time. We have never actually been billed monthly. We received bills and paid them in full in November and January. On Wednesday, March 18, a service technician came to my house. I was not at home, but my husband and small child were. The technician told my husband he had a shut off notice. This came as a shock to us, since we were current on all bills and have never so much as had a late payment with the company. At the same time, I received a phone call on my cell phone. A women began screaming at me and treating me very rudely. She was explaining that they were about to shut off my propane. I asked her to please calm down and speak kindly to me. I explained that I was not sure how this had happened, that obviously it was some kind of mix up, and that I was not at home, therefore, had no access to my checkbook and also I urged her to contact my husband, who would be happy to straighten the situation out, pay any amount past due (if there was any, at this time, the bills had been so sporadic and we had paid at the end of January, so I was doubtful we could possibly be that past due.) She continued speaking to me rudely and said if my husband did not answer on the first try, she would be having our propane shut off. Additionally, at this time, my husband explained to the technician at my home that I am pregnant and we have a small child. I am able to provide medical documentation indicating my condition. Under those circumstances, it is actually ILLEGAL to shut of heating oils or propane. Also, the forecast was calling for snow and VERY COLD TEMPERATURES of about 15 degrees that evening (a mere 5 hours after our heat was cut off.) I also know that when it is colder than 32 degrees, as well as between November and April, it is also illegal to turn off heat or electricity. I tried calling back several times, including the emergency number. No one answered and we were without propane or answers until the next day. I called in the morning and explained that I wanted them to come out ASAP. I demanded an apology (which I was not provided with at any time by anyone.) They reported something which I believe has been fabricated, and offered no explanations of why we did not get the bills EXCEPT that they had allegedly been emailing my husband. I asked them if they had ever gotten a disclosure from us, allowing them permission to send private billing info to a third party. Again, they offered no explanation and had no proof that these emails occurred. At the time, they told my husband they were emailing a ************************ which is actually his name, but not his email address. I have tried reaching out to the person with this email but have not received a response. They said we owed over 400 dollars past due and we going to charge a $95 reconnect fee. They also told us the day before they were charging $70 to not turn it off- but when we tried to make payment, they refused to take it. This change in pricing means they do not have transparency with their consumers. They have also shown that they are unscrupulous and engaged in several illegal behaviors. I also feel it was extremely deliberate and inappropriate that they did not come to turn on my propane until very late in the day.
Desired Settlement: I would like an apology in writing and on the phone. In addition, I requested a detailed receipt of the charges they made. I would like copies of my meter readings for the last year, and an explanation of the correlation to readings and cost. I would like an explanation for why I was never made aware of this so called lateness on payment. Most companies will CALL to let a customer know if they are in danger of having their services cut off, especially good customers who have never paid. I would also like to have my meter read EVERY MONTH and a paper bill received.
I will let you know where are today... and circle back to the story.
Problems with Product/Service
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Complaint: I ordered seventy gallons of propane from this establishment, which totaled $211.45. After the delivery driver left, I checked the tank, and noticed there had been one-hundred gallons of propane delivered, instead of the seventy I had initially paid for. Concerned by this error, I immediately contacted poore's, and told them about the extra thirty gallons in my tank. The lady I spoke to, '****' was very polite, and assured me that "IT WAS THEIR MISTAKE", and "THEY COULD JUST WRITE IT OFF". I questioned '****' several times about "THEIR MISTAKE", and she was quite clear/positive, that I would NOT be responsible for the amount of the extra thirty gallons of propane. A few days later, another employee of poore's contacted me via telephone, and said," I CAN DO ONE OF TWO THINGS"! I questioned what these "TWO THINGS" were, and was told that, I could either pay the "balance" for the extra thirty gallons, or, they would have someone come to pick up the tank with one-hundred gallons, and replace it with a tank with seventy gallons. At this point, I began getting upset due to the fact of what '****' had told me previously, regarding "THEIR MISTAKE"(poore's), and how "THEY"(poore's) could just "WRITE IT OFF"(the balance from the extra thirty gallons), leaving ME with nothing left as a balance. I agreed to have a tank delivered with seventy gallons of propane. When the new tank with seventy gallons was delivered, I checked the meter on the tank, noticing thirty-five gallons of propane was in the tank, NOT the seventy that should've been in the tank. I called poore's right away, and spoke to '****' once again. I explained how the new tank only had thirty-five gallons of propane, instead of seventy. This took place on a Friday morning. '****' then told me, "A DRIVER WILL BE OUT ON MONDAY TO DELIVER THE REMAINING THIRTY-FIVE GALLONS". I found this a bit odd. I mean, I was told a tank with SEVENTY gallons would be delivered, NOT thirty-five gallons! When questioning '****' about this, her response was, "I KNEW YOU NEEDED SOME"! Very strange, indeed! Monday rolls around, and NO driver arrives with the remaining thirty-five gallons of propane. Once again, I call and speak to '****'. This time, she used the weather as the reason for the driver not being out on Monday. When I asked when the driver WOULD be here, she said she didn't know for sure. At this time, I let '****' know about a problem I was having with my furnace, and how I needed a refund for the $211.45, due to the fact that, my furnace is currently inoperable. She said, that would definitely NOT be a problem, and that, they'd have to pick-up the tank with the thirty-five gallons, before I receive my refund. After a few more calls to poore's, and speaking with various people, I was told a driver would be out to pick-up the tank TODAY Friday Jan 8, 2015. Guess what???? NO driver AGAIN! And, more importantly to me, STILL NO REFUND! Each time I call poore's, I get excuse after excuse, after excuse. They won't pick-up their tank, and they act as if they don't want to issue my full refund. It's extremely urgent that I get my refund back, due to an immediate furnace repair needing to be done. Poore's has cooperated with me in the least! This NEVER should've escalated to this stage. They DEMANED they get back "THEIR MISTAKE" of the extra thirty-gallons of propane, and THEY got it! Even in 'bad weather'! All I want now, is my $211.45 refund back! By the way, each time I call and speak to someone at poore's, they're extremely rude.
Desired Settlement: I want my full refund in the amount of $211.45 credited back to the card I used to purchase the propane. I was told, this "WOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM" by someone named '*****', in the propane credit dept.
Business Response: The refund was credited back to the customers credit card last week as requested...
Problems with Product/Service
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Complaint: Poore's provided propane for our summer home. When we sold the property we requested Poore's to pick up the propane tank which was their property, and reimburse us for the remaining gas. The tank was almost full. When I called to request the pick up I was told the company would mail us a check for the unused gas. After several weeks I called to check on the reimbursement and the amount. I was then told we would be charged $125.00 service charge to pick up the tank and our reimbursement amount would be $25.95. When we made the initial call we were not told about the $125.00 service charge. Also the company charged a fee if you didn't use half of a tank of propane during the year.
Desired Settlement: Reimbursement of the $125.00 service charge and the company should inform their customers about any service charges.
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Complaint: Five years ago, I moved to ******** ******** with my family. The community has a Central Propane System which is supplied by Poores Propane. I have had numerous billing problems in the past, as have other members of the community. We would like to have an option on our Propane company, but Poore's Propane has a contract with the ******** ******** Home Owner's Association. On 05/01/14, I returned home and found that my gas had been turned off. I called the company to ascertain the reason for the termination. I am on the budget plan and my last payment to go out was scheduled for May, 2014. According to the company, their records showed that I was delinquent in payments as of January 2013, and they removed me from the budget plan. I was still making my budget payments because I was unaware of the development. As of 05/01/2014, Poore's Propane had me owing the company approximatley $700.00. I checked with other members in the community and apparently Poore's Propane went through the development and stopped at several houses, telling the homeowner that they were behind and had to pay money at that moment or have their gas turned off. Due to the fact I was at work, I was not home and had my gas turned off. When I contacted the company and finally was able to talk to somebody about the problem (four phone calls and it was now after hours) she was very unpleasant and began talking over me and even yelling at me, which resulted with me also raising my voice. At the end of the conversation, we voiced our displeasure with the company and informed her that we did not have $700.00 sitting around to pay. She told me then I could not have my gas turned back on. I feel the practice of the company is unethical and it borders on a Monopoly. There are several other Propane companies in the area that offer their product for less, but we are unable to utilize them due to the contact that the HOA had made years ago with Poores Propane.
Desired Settlement: I would like a change in the policy with Poore's Propane with the way they contact and deal with the public. They realize that we are at their whim and treat the community with distaste(my opinion). If Poore's Propane had to worry about competition from other Propane Companies, then I feel the outcome would be fair.
Attached is the log made on our computer after our credit manager had talked to him: