Endesa says that it has cut off Santa Cruz’ Christmas lighting a day after it was turned on because it doesn’t have a contract, essential for billing purposes, and because the connection was illegal since it lacked a boletín. The electricity company said it was similar to the case of La Laguna’s ice rink and that it made no distinctions between public administrations or private individuals, and was only interested in legality.
Having been on the receiving end of the electrical requirements for “legality” here myself, I find I’m snorting somewhat at that: was Santa Cruz so remiss as to fail to complete the right paperwork? Some might say the problem could have been that their failure was merely in not crossing the right palm. In the words of Francis Urquhart, “I couldn’t possibly comment”. It seems a shame, though, that Endesa couldn’t have resolved this, if it were simply a matter of “paperwork”, without taking the Scrooge route of Christmas miserliness.