Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    cogitans is offline Jersey Retired
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    6,403

    Woman dies when company cuts power

    NZ police probe power cut death

    A New Zealand woman on an oxygen machine died after an energy firm switched off her power supply because of unpaid bills, her family claims.

    Folole Muliaga, a 44-year-old mother of four, died within two hours of the electricity being switched off at her home in the northern city of Auckland.

    Police said they were investigating the circumstances of Mrs Muliaga's death.

    The power company, Mercury Energy, said it had been unaware any disconnection would put her life at risk.

    Relatives of Mrs Muliaga, a schoolteacher, said she had been off work since February with a heart and lung condition.

    Because of this, the family claim, she had fallen behind with her energy bills.

    'Deeply sympathetic'

    When a company representative arrived at the house to disconnect the supply, they said they impressed upon him her dependency on the machine to stay alive.

    Mrs Muliaga's son Letitaia, 20, said the employee showed no compassion.

    "He said he is here doing his job and he's here to cut the power off," he was quoted by local media as saying.

    Another relative, Brendan Sheehan, said that almost immediately Mrs Muliaga started to suffer breathing difficulties and collapsed.

    Paramedics were called but she died within two hours of the power being cut, he added.

    Mercury Energy said it was "deeply sympathetic" about the death, but disputed that its contractor had been made aware of Mrs Muliaga's condition.

    "We were simply unaware that loss of electricity to the household was putting a vulnerable customer at risk," general manager James Moulder said.

    Police Inspector Bruce Bird said the authorities were investigating the incident, but he added that it was too early to speculate on possible criminal charges.

    State Owned Enterprises Minister Trevor Mallard also warned against pre-judging the outcome.

    "I do think it is important that the facts are established before people rush to judgement," he said.

    Thanks to PPE for the sig.

  2. #2
    Marrdro's Avatar
    Marrdro is offline Beware My Spreadsheet, Bitches!
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Posts
    43,916

    Re: Woman dies when company cuts power

    This is very sad, however, I wonder why all the family members that are now so involved didn't help the old girl pay her bill?
    Many many thanks to my talented friend Jos for the new Sig.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/josdin00/Vikings/Marrdro_sig.jpg

  3. #3
    6-KINGS's Avatar
    6-KINGS is offline Asst. Coach
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Posts
    569

    Re: Woman dies when company cuts power

    Goog God that is terrible.
    How hard would it be to put a "Medical Alert" notice on her account or power meter to warn not to do such a thing.
    A peel and stick sticker could have saved her life.

    "VICTORY IS MINE!"

  4. #4
    cogitans is offline Jersey Retired
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    6,403

    Re: Woman dies when company cuts power

    I read this in a Danish paper. When I find stories there I usually find the equivalent stories at BBC, CNN, etc. to post them here.

    This only to say, my paper said they told the guy they couldn't pay the bill until she got her check the day after she died, and she had only returned from the hospital the day before.

    But it's not an excuse for either side of the story. I just don't think this woman should have been dead at this point no matter how you look at it.

    Thanks to PPE for the sig.

  5. #5
    PurplePackerEater is offline Ring of Fame
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    3,738

    Re: Woman dies when company cuts power

    What would she have done if a storm had knocked out the power? No backup plan? Wtf?

    Talk about living life on the edge.

  6. #6
    BadlandsVikings's Avatar
    BadlandsVikings is offline Jersey Retired
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    26,569

    Re: Woman dies when company cuts power

    That's sad

    Did the power company kill her for cutting off the power or did she kill herself for not paying the bill?

  7. #7
    NordicNed is offline Jersey Retired
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Posts
    9,512

    Re: Woman dies when company cuts power

    If the family was aware at that time that the jerk was going to cut off the power ( That is if what the family said did happen) why didn't they move her to another power source quickly......




    Story sounds a little fishy to me...


    I LOVE THE SMELL OF VICTORY IN THE MORNING AIR.

Similar Threads

  1. World's tallest woman dies in Indiana at age 53
    By Garland Greene in forum The Clubhouse
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-13-2008, 07:01 PM
  2. Looking for an excuse? Company has many
    By BadlandsVikings in forum The Clubhouse
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-25-2007, 02:47 PM
  3. Help with new company LOGO.......
    By NordicNed in forum Help / Suggestion Box
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 02-08-2007, 02:42 AM
  4. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-17-2007, 01:47 PM
  5. Dad tampered with soup to sue company
    By BadlandsVikings in forum The Clubhouse
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-08-2006, 11:55 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •