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Verizon worker locked in an underground vault, Verizon Wireless coverage saves the day

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Verizon worker locked in an underground vault, Verizon Wireless coverage saves the day
The owner of a storage facility in Westborough, Massachusetts is facing a number of charges, including kidnapping for trapping a Verizon technician while he was working in a ground vault. Howard Cook is the owner of Westboro Self Storage and he was apparently angry that Mike Hathaway, the Verizon technician, parked his Verizon van on the grass next to the vault.  So, Cook did what any reasonable person would do. He removed the ladder from the access door, closed the hatch and then placed heavy rocks on the hatch door so that it would be all the heavier to lift open for good measure.

That put Hathaway in a bit of a pickle as it prevented free flow of air in an out of the vault. Carbon dioxide is heavier than oxygen so there was a real danger to the tech who found himself locked in with no way out. The fact that he also has high-blood pressure did not help either.

Taking “can you hear me now” to the extreme, Hathaway, despite being underground within a concrete vault, was able to get a signal on his mobile phone and call 911. Police arrived, rescued the Verizon tech and arrested Cook.

That alone is a pretty strong testimonial about coverage, though we suspect it will not be used an any advertisements in the future.

source: CBS News Boston


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posted on 11 Aug 2013, 13:42

1. hopychangy (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


Dang good thing he ain't with the "Slow" network.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 16:28

13. JEEPOFFROADV8 (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Apr 2009)


IF HE WAS HE WOULD STILL GET SERVICE

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 16:32

14. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


No, good thing he's not a Sprint or AT&T subscriber. Imagine, if you will, I implore you, being a Sprint customer and being locked in a dungeon of sorts. Then, imagine having to place an emergency call only to get this recording, "Sorry your call can not be completed as dialed, please check the number and dial again or ask your operator for assistance," this while trying to call 911. Or, imagine being in Union Square in NYC where AT&T has abysmal service and not getting service above or underground. Finally, imagine your locked in an iCloset and you've got your iPhone on T-Mobile "Bring your own iPhone" Unlimited deal, yet you can't get a signal to dial 911. Somehow, luckily, you get a signal only to be routed to T-Mobile's Customer Service [in India]…

I would like to nominate Verizon for a Nobel Peace Prize for Outstanding and truly "Global" cellular service and the good it does for humanity!!

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 19:14 1

16. lsutigers (Posts: 694; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Because speed has a lot to do with coverage and the ability to make a phone call.......

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 13:43

2. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


That would make one hell of a commercial.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 13:51

3. mas11 (Posts: 1024; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Wow People from Westborough are crazy.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 14:14

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5520; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Nothing like a kidnapping charge to deter similar antics y anyone else annoyed at the Verizon reps. I have a Comcast cable concentrator in a corner of my front yard, but when the Comcast truck parks in front of my house, I don't go out and slash the tires.

Is Cook's middle name Stooopid, by any chance?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 13:59 2

4. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Wow, people love their grass.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 14:00

5. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Am I the only one who is thinking it to be too early to call it a publicity stunt?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 15:15

7. vandroid (Posts: 251; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Verizon prices seem to be worth it now...

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 15:40

9. Omarc07 (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


maybe right there in that area cuz over here in los angeles verizon aint that reliable i had em different phones etc.. no signal in hospital and metro gold line ,purple line ,green line yes we have subway trains in la .. AND I aint the only one i know many people on verizon that switched to att because verizon dnt get service in lots of buildings were as at&t is the only carrier over here which can literally hold a signal underwater haha. at&t works deep inside the hopsital in the elevators in the underground parking lot were no other company including verizon dont work at all..

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 10:54

19. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 276; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


For this guy maybe. The rest of us are still over-charged.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 15:23

8. JGuinan007 (Posts: 618; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Why did he park on the grass?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 16:21

12. Topcat488 (Posts: 1108; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Lazy?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 17:09

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5520; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Access point to the vault was surrounded by grass?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 22:36 1

17. jacko1977 (Posts: 382; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


lies lies it was really tim cook coz he heard verizon was going to drop the ijunk and ijunkpad for solo selling samsung galaxy s devices

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 08:25 1

18. PootisMan (Posts: 195; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Still didn't convince me to pay insane prices on Verizon and be locked on a 2 year contract. I m on T-Mobile with my Nexus 4 and I love it!

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 13:29

20. bwhiting (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


Sprint failed on a woman...I remember taking a call from a woman who was raped trying to call into 911 but couldn't reach them. While in the middle of a park at the same time. It only worked after the guy finished raping her.

Key note: if you have sprint, make sure you never get any dangerous situations

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