For your amusement, this about one of the contractors that one of our local POCOs uses to check meters. I was at one of my properties this week when a mid-size pickup from Scope Meter Services pulled into the adjoining property, which I also own. Driver sits there talking on cell phone for a while, then gets out and walks toward the meter. I am outside and he later approaches asking me about the occupants at the property. I hedge my answer. He says meter is not running. So I told him I owned the property and would go in and turn on large load briefly. I did and he said the meter is fine. Then he said the meter for the property where I was working was just replaced because the previous one was "dead". He said that the meter was not running and he pulled it and checked the draw at 6.3 amps. What I knew is that the main for that property service was turned off and no loads existed. The "new" meter was not running when we looked at it (naturally!). So I asked him if he had the reading on the "new" one at the time he installed it. He did not. I wanted to compare with the present reading. I checked the "new" meter reading again today- unchanged. They walk among us.