After being denied some free liquor on the house, one local power supply official in Henan abused his power over the power supply to make the offending KTV go dark, along with half of the county, according to SCMP.
A group of local power supply station staff were out for a night of debauchery at a KTV in Qixian County last week. After downing several bottles of expensive liquor and crates of beer they demanded some free booze. When it was not given to them, they decided to wreck the place. But they didn’t stop there, and decided to show the KTV staff who held the real power in the county, SCMP writes:
Ignoring attempts by staff to stop them, one of the drunken power company employees then threatened to unleash the wrath of the “electric tiger” – a popular reference to the powerful state-run electricity supply system – by cutting off power to the establishment. “Then we’ll see how you can make money,” one of the group reportedly said.
The leader then called the power supply station to report that the area was experiencing power failures and must be shut down for repairs. About ten minutes later, they got their wish and the karaoke bar was plunged into darkness, the collateral damage was only the homes of some 3,000 to 5,000 families. The blackout lasted for six hours, during which time the power supply staff definitely kept right on partying.
Following the mishap, the chief of the power supply station was fired, one employee was suspended for two years, and the rest were let off with warnings and fines. The power company issued an apology saying it would draw “profound lessons” from the incident. Hopefully they will be able to improve on their strategy for getting free drinks.
I guess it’s true what they say: True power does corrupt.
by Alex Linder
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