If you are like me, you probably missed the Cobb EMC Operation Round Up insert in your recent bill. Most of us throw away these junk inserts that come in our monthly bill without giving it much thought. The rest of us get ebills and simply look at the amount owed, due date and make sure it looks correct, pay the bill and move on. I guess Cobb EMC is hoping we aren’t paying attention because they are starting a new program in February called “Operation Round Up”.
Interesting name they have given the program – it “rounds up” customers money and gives it to others. They seem to think that they know how to spend your money better than you. It sounds like a program the government would come up with.
Their explanation is that they will round up your bill to the nearest dollar and then the Cobb EMC Community Foundation Board of Directors will administer the funds and determine which “charitable and educational projects in our communities” to give the funds to.
Beginning February 1, 2014, all Cobb EMC members will be automatically enrolled in Operation Round Up and will remain in the program until they request to be removed from it. New Cobb EMC members are currently auto-enrolled. To opt out, simply fill out our online opt out form by February 1. (emphasis added)
Yes, it may be an optional program, but it is the OPT-OUT part that irks me. If they were truly looking out for their customers, it would be an OPT-IN program. As it works now, you have to know about the program and actively opt-out of it. Many Cobb EMC customers I have talked to have never heard of “Operation Round Up”.
I give my time and money to the charities and non-profits of my choice and I do not need a group of individuals at Cobb EMC deciding this for me. I will be completing their online OPT-OUT form. The government redistributes enough of my money, I don’t need my electric company redistributing it as well. Click HERE to OPT-OUT today!
Cobb EMC Bill Insert: