Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Michigan Utility Lets 93 Year Old Freeze

BAY CITY, Mich. - A 93-year-old man froze to death inside his home just days after the municipal power company restricted his use of electricity because of unpaid bills, officials said.

Officials said, perfunctorily, and with the usual business like detachment. The man who had no family was behind on his payments had his heat and power curtailed in one of the worst winters in several years.

The Utility installed a throttler on his house that prevented only small amounts of Electricity to be used. However, it tripped off and the man froze without heat or power.

The most ugly part of the tragedy was the Utility's Manager piously observing:

"I've said this before and some of my colleagues have said this: Neighbours need to keep an eye on neighbours," Belleman said. "When they think there's something wrong, they should contact the appropriate agency or city department."

And businesses don't need to check on their customers or explain things to them. In any other type of business this would probably be negligent homicide. Please recommend this post

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