Uploaded by yaknowthatitsreal on Dec 8, 2011
CAPITOLA, Calif– About a dozen SmartMeter opponents lined up to return the controversial device, Wednesday, and when they showed up, PG&E called police.
“This is not a protest,” said Joshua Hart, Stopsmartmeter.org. “This was simply returning PG&E’s property to them. Property that was not wanted on people’s homes.”
And about a dozen people did just that at PG&E’s pay center at the Capitola Mall. Joshua Hart, who is leading the push against SmartMeters said the digital meters made these people sick and were put on their property illegally, so they took them off.
“When PG&E refused to remove these devices which they never had permission to install in the first place, these people have taken matters into their own hands, hired a professional electrician or contractor to replace the SmartMeter with an analog meter,” said Hart.
Bianca Carn was one of PG&E’s customers who returned a SmartMeter, Wednesday.
“The bottom line is, they can’t come on private property,” said Carn. “I own the house, I didn’t give them permission and they didn’t send me a certified letter, and as you can see, we’ve been kicked off private property. We’re not even allowed to go in there. They wanted us to come out so we did and I just feel like I wish we had the same rights.”
When this group went inside to return their SmartMeters, the Capitola Police Department showed up and ordered everyone out. PG&E even closed up shop.
“I think it’s disturbing that simply utility customers looking out for the health and safety of their families have to be intimidated in such a way with this turnout of police when people were happy to comply with the request to leave the offices,” said Hart.
PG&E released the following statement:
“As a matter of personal and public safety, our customers must never tamper with utility equipment. We urge our customers to call us at 1-800-743-5000 if they have questions about their gas and electric service.
We want to prevent our customers from facing the risks associated with SmartMeter removal which could result in serious harm.
Fires, burns and electrocution could occur from attempting to remove a SmartMeter.
In any instance where PG&E equipment has been tampered with or removed PG&E is obligated to end service until the situation is made safe and proper equipment is installed by a PG&E representative.”