Saturday, August 05, 2006

So much for corporate goodwill.

New York utility giving $3 blackout credit

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Three dollars is all New Yorkers can receive for suffering through several days without power during a current heat wave.

The state Public Service Commission granted Con Ed's request Thursday to apply a $3 credit to the bills of residential customers who experienced power failures, the New York Daily News reports.

In testimony before a state Assembly committee, Con Ed CEO Kevin Burke said the utility would not increase its usual reimbursements to customers who lost perishable goods in the blackouts -- $350 for residential customers and $7,000 for businesses.

It was the second day in a row Burke was questioned by lawmakers seeking reasons for a blackout that left parts of northwestern Queens in the dark for days.

One elderly woman told the commission she had to take her husband to the hospital because he developed serious breathing problems.

I really have nothing more to add to this, other than: May you rot in hell, you goddamned monopolistic bastards.

Have a nice day.