comcast fatman

What's her problem, indeed
The Chicago Tribune's What's Your Problem? columnist got this stumper in November from a woman in Plainfield, Ill.: A Comcast lineman hanging wire on a pole outside her house was so fat that he broke the pole; Comcast said it was a Commonwealth Edison pole so they couldn't fix it; ComEd said it wasn't their pole, and if she didn't fix it in 30 days, they'd cut off her power; contractors said the ground was too cold to dig in a new pole; ComEd said it'd lay underground cable for $6k; homeowner's insurance wouldn't pay because the original pole was too old and thus had probably decayed. (Yeah, the Trib's man got it worked out for the woman, but jeez . . ..) Chicago Tribune
     Posted By: Chuck - Wed Jan 28, 2009
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Can you spell b-u-r-e-a-u-c-r-a-c-y?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/28/09 at 10:50 AM
ROTFL! I love it when stories make fun of my industry!
Posted by BikerPuppy on 01/28/09 at 11:43 AM
I don't think any of those people can spell bureaucracy, Expat.
Posted by KW in Dallas, TX on 01/28/09 at 01:01 PM
BikerPuppy - Are you in the business of dealing with poles? Let me give you my address...
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/28/09 at 01:04 PM
Thank god for spell checkers or I wouldn't have been able to either, KW. 😉
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/28/09 at 01:31 PM
It's really sad when you have to get the media involved just to get a legitimate problem fixed. 😠
Posted by AGFH on 01/28/09 at 01:31 PM
Expat - then rest assured, should you ever come back to the US, you can get a job with Comcast or CommEd.
Posted by KW in Dallas, TX on 01/28/09 at 01:34 PM
of course you have to shine a spot light on them to get them to do the right thing.(them=both companies) if she hadn't brought in the media we'd probably be reading about another elderly person frozen to death because the power was turned off in the winter.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/28/09 at 02:47 PM
Isn't it illegal to cut off power when the temperature is above or below a certain temperature?
Posted by KW in Dallas, TX on 01/28/09 at 05:42 PM
i thought it was too. but we just had to run an extention cord across the alley for 3 weeks because they shut off my neighbor who is disabled and has a 6 year old.this was during some sub-zero weather. but we also think her landlord knows somebody at ohio edison because he's being required to make some repairs and decided it would be cheaper to drive her out. the power is back on and she has a lawyer now but she's a sweet girl and i worry about her because of her health.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/28/09 at 08:46 PM
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