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Verizon Tech Charged With Snipping Cablevision Lines
by Karl Bode 05:02PM Wednesday Feb 12 2014 Tipped by matcarl See Profile
According to a report in the New York Post (via Multichannel News), a Long Island, NY Verizon employee has been charged with sabotaging Cablevision's lines, resulting in a six-hour TV and broadband outage that impacted 6,000 users in Suffolk County back on January 7. Verizon employee Vincent Gargano was charged with criminal mischief and tampering for the $1,500 damage done to Cablevision lines. "Actions such as the police describe are not consistent with how Verizon conducts business," a Verizon rep tells the Post. "We are assisting the police in their investigation." Gargano was busted by a home security camera, and subsequently failed a police lie detector test, prompting his arrest.

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Jcink

join:2005-12-19
none

Hmm

I have to wonder how often this happens with disgruntled employees who leave one company and end up working for the other. Whenever I see Optimum working on the poles around me I get the idea that one of them could screw up the lines either intentionally or unintentionally.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: Hmm

All the time, and not just externally. I guess he wanted to be sure the Netflix ratings didn't fall too fast Cameras...ouch

Cable to FiOS maybe not that much.

Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

Re: Hmm

I feel like it used to happen more than it does now. I recall a story in fact where a Cox tech was accused of putting bee hives in utility cabinets. Certainly don't see as many stories like this as I used to.
Chubbysumo

join:2009-12-01
Superior, WI
Reviews:
·Charter

Re: Hmm

EVERY FUCKING TIME the DirectTV guy comes to fix my landlords satellite, they cut my fucking cable line off. This has happened 3 times in the last year since I had charter guy move it to a different spot for a new pole drop. It happened 2 weeks ago again, and I ran downstairs and was around the building just as the guy was puling the ladder down. He has to move the ladder 5 feet away from the DirectTV lines to get to the cable lines.

panth1
The Coyote

join:2000-12-11
Boca Raton, FL

Re: Hmm

So what did he say when you called him on it? Did you kick his butt?
Chubbysumo

join:2009-12-01
Superior, WI

Re: Hmm

he said " i thought someone was stealing our services, so I cut the line". Its very clearly labeled as a charter cable line.

KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Premium
join:2000-01-17
Tulsa, OK

Re: Hmm

Did you explain to it how he was going back up the ladder to fix it that instant?
cramer
Premium
join:2007-04-10
Raleigh, NC
kudos:8

1 recommendation

People that stupid should be executed. He's either lying, or has zero clue how satellite TV works.

I make his dumb ass stand there until the police arrive to arrest him.
63475675

join:2014-01-06

Re: Hmm

said by cramer:

People that stupid should be executed. He's either lying, or has zero clue how satellite TV works.

I make his dumb ass stand there until the police arrive to arrest him.

They caught this scumbag red handed on security cameras. I believe that this is considered a felony, perhaps because of the fact that many customers have 911 though VoIP. His callous actions could contribute to the death of a person needing 911 assistance.

Prosecute this clown to the full extent and I hope he gets significant jail time.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
Install a security camera and nail his butt. Sue in small claims court and let Charter go after him for the service call and damage. Mail the tape to the local news channels and let them do a story.
Chubbysumo

join:2009-12-01
Superior, WI

Re: Hmm

no windows on that side, and not my building, and its above a bar, which has cameras, just not on that side.
dplantz

join:2000-08-02
Roslindale, MA
The lines need to be tagged for what service it is that will fix this
Chubbysumo

join:2009-12-01
Superior, WI

Re: Hmm

They are tagged, and have been tagged since I had service here turned on.

battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000
For a while we had some problems with EPB techs stealing 66 blocks and or destroying them when they would take a customer from us or other carriers. I know most of the guys at the other CLECs in town and we never had a problem with one using another's 66 block as long as you left a replacement block for the losing carrier.
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I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.
sparky007

join:2011-08-25
Avondale, AZ
Reviews:
·Vonage
·Cox HSI
Not smart since it federal crime to purposelessly to disrupt a utility. Cable TV might not qualify as a utility, but phone service does... Especially if someone wasn't able to call 911 when they needed help.

battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000

Re: Hmm

No one (not talking about end users) seems to care if you cause harm to TV, Phone, or Internet. Disrupt 911 and it suddenly they care a lot.
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I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.

N3OGH
Yo Soy Col. "Bat" Guano
Premium
join:2003-11-11
Philly burbs
kudos:2
The notion of something being a "Federal crime" is kinda a joke. The Feds are very unlikely to invest time and resources into such small po-taters. This guy will lose his job & end up on a couple years probation at the city/county or state level.

It may sound trite, but no one has more control of the fate of another human being than a probation or parole officer....
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Petty people are disproportionally corrupted by petty power
Chubbysumo

join:2009-12-01
Superior, WI
no phone service thru cable company, sadly.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·ooma
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS

cheap

Verizon's too cheap to deploy most of Suffolk and part of Nassau, so cablevision has monopolies in some parts of the Island as do cable companies elsewhere..

Techs for AT&T's union employees sabotage fiber optic links all the time in California.. but they can get away with it because vast stretches of fiber optic cable are in desolate underground utility conduits where no cameras exist. In NYS, you can't go 100 feet without a camera being somewhere....

mushmouth

join:2001-12-13
Earth

Not Smart.

What a bone head.Cut Cablevision lines so some Cablevision techs can make some O.T.?.At least cut your own VZ lines so some union brothers and sisters can make some overtime.
nonymous
Premium
join:2003-09-08
Glendale, AZ

Re: Not Smart.

said by mushmouth:

What a bone head.Cut Cablevision lines so some Cablevision techs can make some O.T.?.At least cut your own VZ lines so some union brothers and sisters can make some overtime.

Fix one break two for OT.

CaliBoi

@rr.com

Nothing new

Verizon contractor were accused of the same thing here in SoCal.. It started when they began laying fiber next to TWC fiber lines, they were have entire nodes out and people were getting pissed off at TWC. Come to find out the contracting crew were purposely doing it. They were fired.. Big deal. Also, when I decided to try Fios,but keep my TWC service, the Verizon tech cut lines to 2 peds and knocked out 4 houses. One of the neighbors came out yelling, cursing TWC about it.. While the Verizon guy drove away...

joe blow

@verizon.net

Cut line

Innocent until proven guilty, Totally out of character for this guy, I know him personally. Cops had to pin it on someone so lets pin it on the first competitors truck we see in the area. I hope you people writing all the negative crap about this alleged crime never find yourself accused, and I do mean accused, Wait for the outcome of a trial. Did you see him do it??? Hope you never find yourselves in the same position.

bmccoy

join:2013-03-18
Port Orchard, WA

Re: Cut line

If you actually would read the entire post, you would know the answer to that question. He was caught on somebody's security camera snipping the lines.

KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Premium
join:2000-01-17
Tulsa, OK
True, but video of him doing it is pretty convincing evidence, enough for more courts, no?

lkviewguy

join:2004-02-13
Chicago, IL
Parents know their kids also, but they are the first to say that little billy could not have gone into a classroom and sprayed his entire class. Did u miss the part where he was caught on camera doing it?
pittpete1

join:2009-06-12
Reviews:
·Frontier Communi..

Innocent until proven guilty

"The 40-year-old suspect was busted by Suffolk cops after surveillance cameras at a home near where lines were cut in Holbrook captured his image, according to sources close to the probe."

and then the source says

“If you saw the cut, it was a clean cut — a very clean cut, you know what I mean? a source close to the probe said."

What this says to me is they have an image of him working in the area but not actually an image of him cutting the cable.

Tech2

@24.224.56.x

Re: Innocent until proven guilty

If one knows anything about cable, be it electrical, telephone, fiber or coaxial one can easily tell when a cable is cut as oppsed to broken or burned.

lkviewguy

join:2004-02-13
Chicago, IL

Directv

Every single time I had to call for service from Directv to fix their questionable service and install, the service person would cut the wires to Comcast and WOW cable service. We used all three services in our home for various reasons. Even when I would mention to the service person, he would snip all lines regardless then try to leave as quick as possible. This was the only company that would do this. Comcast and WOW did not take it upon themselves prune and sabotage the wiring in my home.
Just for the record, WOW is an amenity that comes free in all homes in my city, Directv was a contract that I could not break from a previous home, comcast just has awesome X1 and Internet service.
When the Directv contract was finally up, I took great pride in ripping all of their wiring and equipment out myself.

no one

@optonline.net

this happens all the time

I have seen things like this happen very often. Verizon is known for damaging cablevision lines, especially in apartment complexes. I am a cable employee and it happens all too often.