Ok I have heard enough

I have spent quite a bit of time driving today across Auckland. Consequently I also spent a lot of time listening to talkback. The topic of the day is the woman who croaked after Mercury Energy turned off her power and her Oxygen system failed.

I heard person after person complaining about how terrible it all was…blah..blah…blah.

At risk of sounding like a callous bastard I fail to see how her husband could have sat by for two hours while his missus was dying in front of him.

Let me tell you, if someone came to turn off my power and the missus was hooked to a life saving device, they wouldn't get near the house let alone the power meter. If that failed, I would run a lead from the neighbours until the situation was sorted and failing that i would have called a fricken ambulance, not sat around waiting for her to die.

Whatever the arguments for or against Mercury Energy cutting off the power what the fuck happened to individual responsibility for;

  • Paying your bills
  • Making arrangements if you can't  pay your bills
  • Arranging alternative power supplies
  • Call an ambulance

Tough as it may seem, callous as it sounds, the responsibilty for this poor lady's death rests with the family. 



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  • Quite right. They hadn't paid their bill, so can't be too upset about having the power cut off. The family waited for ages before calling an ambulance… surely if there was no way to persuade the power man to keep the electricity switched on, they should have known their Mum needed urgent medical attention, and called the ambulance straight away. Yes power companies suck and charge too much, but you can't really lay the cause of this death at their feet.

  • Exactly right. The totally uncritical media coverage of this story has really got up my nose and destroyed the sympathy I initially had for the family. Mercury's PR fiasco aside, she is dead because her family were too cheap to stump up the cash for her and too stupid to do something sensible when it was obvious the situation was deteriorating. Once the anger passes and they stop looking for someone to blame, I hope they take a long look at themselves.

  • bwakile

    I agree As much as I feel sorry for the family where has personal responsibility gone. If my wife relied on an electrical machine to stay alive the first thing to ask is what is the backup plan, Power cuts never happen but shit does.

  • Mark

    How dumb were the family not to call 111?

    Or did they let her die on purposes – I wonder if the police should be investigating the family.

    After all she was in trouble and they knew it but did nothing.