November 02, 2012

Shame

So... I was just reading this article about this town in CT, where the Mayor accused the power company of pandering to the wealthy first, so as the linesmen were out trying to get power restored throughout the town... they were egged.

1) Who eggs someone trying to help you?

2) Who treats a linesman like that?

3) What kind of 'leader' stirs up trouble like that?

4) I'm left speechless... someone is trying to turn your power on and you egg them. Who does that?

5) Linesmen don't decide whose power gets turned on. Did people just really seriously take it out on the working class stiffs?

6) What kind of hell hole has to have Police guard utility workers?

Let me tell you how it goes IN THE SOUTH. A hurricane hits and you are out of power. It's hot. You're miserable. And... someone sees... a power truck in your neighborhood. Word spreads! People are telling everyone, house to house, "There is a power truck in the neighborhood!" and people run to the streets and they offer up drinks... the last of their ice... food... sandwiches... they offer the linesman a hero's welcome.

I swear to God that is what happens.

And if Police were involved in the South, it would be to lead the parade the city would be throwing for the utility workers. Not to frickin' GUARD them.

They are heroes. They are never pelted with eggs.

Good grief. I'm stunned.

A pox on those ungrateful b@stards and may they rot. In the dark.

Posted by Boudicca at November 2, 2012 10:56 PM
Comments

Exactly, lol!!!! I was out doing the biggest happy dance when the utility workers showed up after Ivan (I think they were from North Carolina). We stood at a safe distance, watching the power-heroes work their magic. You are absolutely right about offering them food and drink (all of which they politely refused). And I immediately emailed their home office (because I had power again!!!!) to thank them.

And why the hell were the people throwing eggs??? Aren't they supposedly short on food too? I just cannot understand that reaction. Turning down people who are there to help. And turning down help from a power crew because they won't sign up with your union. WTH????

Posted by: Mrs. Who at November 2, 2012 11:37 PM

For behavior like that, if I were in charge of deciding which neighborhoods got their power back first I'd instantly drop them to the very bottom of the list. You don't bite the hand that feeds you. Animals.

Posted by: diamond dave at November 3, 2012 02:41 AM

I was appalled when I saw that.... My brother and cousin are linemen... they were both sent east for the last big storm they had; my cousin is there now.

I also saw that someplace in New Jersey turned away Alabama linemen because they weren't union. Ummm.... hello? Get you mind off your freakin' politics and just take care of your people!

What I find amazing is that so many places suffer natural disasters - entire towns flattened by tornadoes, cities ravaged by flooding.... and with no where near this kind of coverage (or assistance). Or looting, abuse, etc.... I understand things are bad, but I'm embarrassed for the way it is being handled on so many levels.

Posted by: Jody at November 3, 2012 08:07 AM

Amazing story. The mayor should be arrested for inciting violence.

It's amazing how rude people can be to the folks whose job it is to help them. Just ask any waiter, waitress or sales clerk. notalwaysright.com is full of such stories.

Hint to the clueless: The linemen don't decide who gets power first. The clerk doesn't set store policy. The waiter didn't cook your food. So quityerbitchin'

Posted by: George P. at November 3, 2012 08:24 AM

What town in CT? There are some towns here where that would not surprise or shock me. Doesn't excuse it but I must find out the town...I have a suspicion I know.

Posted by: Kris, in New England at November 3, 2012 01:27 PM

I should have googled first. And yes, my suspicion was correct. That city is notorious for pulling the poverty or race card every time something doesn't get done when the city officials think it should. That city's government is extremely corrupt.

Posted by: Kris, in New England at November 3, 2012 01:30 PM

That's exactly what happens! We move the trees ourselves so they can drive through! We feed them, give them whatever we have... those people up North must be crazy...

Posted by: pam at November 3, 2012 05:14 PM

We are grateful here in the Great Plains, too, when the linemen show up to restore the power, whether it be after an ice storm or a tornado/high winds. Too bad those crews didn't get back in their trucks and head home after giving whomever a Hawaiian-Hi-Sign and leave those dummies sitting in the dark.

Posted by: Judy at November 3, 2012 08:21 PM

I knew the power company had arrived by the cheering throng up the street.

egging them?! WTF? Get out your grill and cook those eggs.

People suck.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at November 4, 2012 12:25 PM

I'm stunned and saddened by it as well. It's a tough time right now, but later maybe some folks in the NE can hear it: "votes have consequences." Those unions didn't gain their political power overnight, it was voted to them by the choices people made when they elected evil politicians.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at November 5, 2012 06:58 AM

Having lived in Connecticut, I'd be very surprised at that sort of behavior - at least, in the towns where we lived. As for some of the cities? Not so much.

Apparently, this incident took place in Bridgeport. Nasty place, that. We lived just up the road from there in Trumbull, but it could have been a different planet.

Posted by: Elisson at November 6, 2012 10:17 AM

Andrew Cuomo was just on the news saying the utility companies would be made to answer for their "unacceptable" delays. There is going to be a witch hunt, I think.

This is just sad.

Posted by: PeggyU at November 6, 2012 03:54 PM