Oct 24, 2014 4:12 PM
FairPoint vandalism blamed on workers
MANCHESTER - Rumors are swirling among FairPoint and picketers. The company accusing those picketing of vandalism, breaking into service boxes and cutting wires.
"My son lives right down the street," said Union spokesperson Steven Soule. "He's served out of this box. We don't ever take any action to harm the network or our friends and family that live here in the Northern states,"
"These boxes have been an issue for a long period of time," Soule said. "It's common knowledge if you go throughout the state if you go throughout the tri-state area, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, these boxes are commonly left wide open or in wind situations if this handle isn't pushed down its wide open."
Despite the union placing blame on last night's storm, FairPoint clearly stated that getting into these boxes was a job only a worker could do.
In a statement, FairPoint said, "There is no place for this and they are clearly done by people who know what they are doing and know how to take customers out of service. We call on the union to make sure it¹s not theirs members doing these acts."
Finding the boxes throughout Manchester was simple, and they were not locked. Police say they have yet to pinpoint any suspects and will continue their investigation. As for addressing the swirling rumors, Soule said he is not putting up with it.
"We'd like to say to the FairPoint executives, please provide us with some proof. Step up to the plate and give us the information for your allegations so we can investigate and try to understand what happened," Soule said.