Verizon Tech Charged With Snipping Cablevision Lines
by Karl Bode 05:02PM Wednesday Feb 12 2014 Tipped by matcarl
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. -- I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.
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.
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. -- I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.
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.... -- Petty people are disproportionally corrupted by petty power
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....
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...
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.
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?
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.