a blog by La Kifo
a 73 year old Worcester man locked a Verizon employee in an underground vault because he was angry at the man for parking on his grass. For anyone who doesn't know how Worcester is pronounced it is War-Chest-Er. Like War Chest then you add an er on the end.
A Massachusetts man accused of locking a Verizon worker inside an unventilated underground vault because he was upset the worker parked on his grass has pleaded guilty to kidnapping.
Westborough resident Howard Cook Jr. entered the plea Tuesday in Worcester Superior Court.
The 73-year-old Cook was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to complete an anger management program.
Authorities say the retired utility official locked Michael Hathaway in the vault in August 2013 by pulling out the extension ladder, locking the hatch and placing large rocks on top. The ventilation system automatically shuts off when the door is closed.
A couple things here. I would understand if this old man did this to a Comcast employee, I think we all know how annoying they are. Ya know, lock him in a vault for showing up four hours late, breaking your cable box, or hanging up on you while on hold for half the day. Something like that would be understandable. Doing this to a guy for parking on your grass seems a bit extreme. After all, the guy is 73. What else does he do with his days? He probably spends every day tending to his grass. If he didn't, he'd just be waiting to die. 73 is old, pretty old.
Another thing, if you lock the guy in your vault, you are just screwing yourself. First, if some sort of apocalypse happens, you won't be able to use the one thing made for it. He probably spent a lot of money and time preparing that thing, now it's totally out of commission and the zombies/aliens will eat his face off. The other thing is now that the cable or internet guy is in your vault, who is going to fix the problems he came to your house for? It's not like you can just call Verizon again and be like, "Yea the last guy you sent over parked on my grass, so I locked him in my vault. Can you send me another one?". If this was Comcast we were talking about, they would send a second guy sometime over the next two days. They would also probably tell the guy to specifically park on the guys grass. So now this old man has a dead body to deal with and no WiFi or cable.
Pretty rookie move. You have to let the guy fix your shit first and then you lure him into some dark crevice and lock him in there. Come on, man you're from Warchester.
This is one of many times that make me not care when people from Warchester say they aren't from Boston, they are from Warchester. I'm glad you don't bunch yourselves with the us good people of Boston. We don't need or want you.
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