Electric Company: 1, Powerless Thief: 0
2017 Reader Submission
Wendy says, "Added to the
Archive. However I feel sympathy with the poor family without power for
two weeks. Fox News reports that there are "options" for people who cannot
pay their electric bill, but this family OBVIOUSLY could not pay its
bill--yet was extended no assistance."
(17 April 2017, South Carolina) It is tough to live without electricity,
yet resistance is futile. The Blue Ridge Electric Company says there are
options for people who are unable to pay their bill, but those options were
not extended to a family living in the Friendship community near Seneca.
After two weeks without power for hot water or refrigeration, a man
attempted to restore power to his home. Illegally.
His actions veered from pathetic to ludicrous when he chose an aluminum
ladder and car jumper cables to pull power from the grid. He placed
the aluminum ladder against the power pole, climbed up, and the jumper
clips made contact with an energized conductor. A witness heard the sound
of "a shotgun" as 7,200 volts arced from the primary wires through the
jumper cable, designed for 12 volts, through the man's body, down the
ladder and into the ground.
The power thief was thrown from the top of the pole, and taken to the
hospital with contusions and electrical burns. Still living, he cannot win
a Darwin Award yet is eligible for an Honorable Mention for his
questionable and nearly fatal choices.
SIDEBAR: Readers say that electric power is usually disconnected at the
meter, and only disconnected at the pole if there is a problem with the
homeowner, such as anger or previous power theft.
Man who's power was disconnected for non payment tried to reconnect his power by the use of an aluminum ladder and jumper cables. Once at the top of the pole the man attempted to connect the transformer to the 7200 volt primary with the jumper cables. Witness heard what sounded like a shotgun and saw the man thrown from the top of the pole. He was airlifted to the hospital and is still alive at this time with unknown injuries.
Submitted on 04/20/2017
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