HERE'S WHY EVERYBODY HATES KCP&L!!!
Kansas City human interest reporting offers a recap of this tragic story that has spread across social media and damaged the rep of a local corporate overlord already enduring quite a bit of protest push back over the past year . . .
KCTV5: Overland Park man helping neighbor without power says he was threatened by KCP&L
An extension cord between the two homes is the source of the controversy. KCP&L says it needs to be unplugged, even though that leaves Robert Roberts without cooling or his electrically powered oxygen machine.
Roberts has been living with his son, Bobby and grandkids in Overland Park since 1989. He needs a nebulizer and oxygen to breathe. His medical bills for his MS and COPD have strained the family.
In April, the household lost power due to $4,000 in unpaid electric bills.
That’s when Randen Smith stepped up to the plate.
“This man needs electricity,” Smith said.
On Thursday, Smith provided KCTV5 a note from KCP&L, saying the extension cord was in violation of state utility rules and could lose his power if he did not unplug it by Friday . . .
Regardless, Roberts' neighbor says a life is at stake. He's keeping the cord connected, even if it means he loses his own power as a result.
“Because I don’t want someone dying on my hands,” Smith said. “Maybe KCP&L doesn’t mind. But it bothers me that someone needs help and electricity and oxygen to live, so I’m going to help.”
KCP&L says friends and neighbors can buy gift vouchers for electrical service, but once someone's this far behind, those gifts would have to cover some of the balance before things get reconnected.
Read more deets and followup @ KCTV5 on a story that kinda puts those piddly fans they giveaway in perspective . . .
You decide . . .