A reader called this morning to pitch a new holiday feature for the Times-News. He called it the “Scrooge Award.” For “those little instances of Scroogeism,” said Anthony Willoughby of Burlington.
Willoughby was a little put out — he was too bemused by it all to call him angry — that his landlord plans to charge him extra for having lights on a Christmas tree in his boarding house apartment. Utilities are usually included in the rent.
“I called Duke (Energy) and the woman there said if I ran the lights on the tree for 30 days, 24 hours a day the entire thing wouldn’t cost more than $2,” he said. “Being confronted with that kind of thing put damper on my Christmas spirit,” he added.
Willoughby didn’t really want his landlord’s name published, he simply wants people to know about it.
“I’m sure I’m not the only one,” he said. “There’s always a Scrooge among us.”
Yes there are. Let us know about more Scrooges and Grinches. We’ve already written about a few. As this gentleman pointed out, there are always one or two more.