First Bitcoin Plumber? LA Plumber Starts Accepting Bitcoin

A Los Angeles plumbing and water heater repair and installation company, Ritz Plumbing & Heating, said this morning that it has started accepting Bitcoin for purchases of its service, effective immediately. The company--which says it specializes in emergency plumbing services, drain and sewer repair, and water heater repair & installation--said it will accept Bitcoin from any of its customers, and will not require any special membership or login credentials to pay using Bitcoin. The company's owner said the "timing felt right" for accepting Bitcoin. Ritz Plumbing & Heating says it is based in Los Angeles and serves counties all over Southern California. The company did not say if it is accepting Bitcoin directly or using one of the new Bitcoin-to-dollar e-commerce exchange startups.