A Texas woman did not want a smart meter installed in her home, and when the power company employee would not take no for an answer she stopped him — by showing him her legal gun.


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A Texas woman did not want a smart meter installed in her home, and when the power company employee would not take no for an answer she stopped him — by showing him her legal gun.

She placed herself between the installer and her old meter but, “He just kept pushing me away.” That’s when she showed him her handgun. “He saw it, and went back the other way.”

The response of the power company is also interesting.

“We are deeply troubled by anyone who would pull a gun on another person performing their job,” reads a statement from the company. “CenterPoint will be taking additional steps – including court actions – because what happened is dangerous, illegal and unwarranted.”

First, the employee was on this woman’s property. Second, it appears the employee pushed the woman. Since when is it illegal to protect both your property and your person from assault?

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5 comments

  • Steve C

    If I ran a power company and a customer pulled a gun on one of my people, my former customer had better get used to sitting in the dark.

  • Kelly Starks

    When you have them install power company connections and meters on your land, they get the legal right to access it and maintain or change it.

  • John M. Egan

    The employee did not respect the woman’s wishes so it’s his fault.

  • wade

    have you Tried to call a Utility Company or cell phone provider? they can contact You but it is a One Way street as to actually talking to a Rep. while this circumstance seems to be an extreme “case” i none the less see many avenues for the customers defense. this story appears to be either a contrived instance or….a C I A study of What IF. i cannot see this circumstance as it was reported meaning, there are facts that are omitted in its presented form, for What Ever the Reason.

  • Jim

    Agreed…pulling a gun out as an appropriate response to a utility maintaining its equipment is just ridiculous. Clearly this whole episode could have been tragic for everyone.

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