PG&E clients cast shade on company CEO and his safety vest
BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Writer
Angry PG&E clients show hostility to public service executives by posting sarcastic comments on the live stream of the company’s press conferences.
On yesterday’s live broadcast of a PG&E press conference from the company headquarters in San Francisco, people wondered why CEO Bill Johnson was wearing a safety vest like field workers.
âDon’t take the safety vest they’re wearing inside,â @mikeinSFCA wrote.
“It’s to protect it from the public,” @FogSpotter replied.
@IRMwrites replied, âThe vests make them look official. Don’t you feel more confident in them? “
Others who have had to deal with power outages in the past two weeks also took advantage of the live chat to express their frustration.
âIf you had spent your money over the years instead of reaping profits, we wouldn’t be here,â @WLMithaar wrote.
âWe lost so much food and our oven was damaged,â @ddhedder wrote.
“I understand it’s better than a fire, but still frustrating,” @ddhedder wrote in another comment.
âIn Placerville, we haven’t had any wind through it all and still is,â wrote @ Bearpen73.
Others have expressed their anger at PG&E a little differently. Two weeks ago, a client threw eggs at a PG&E office in Oroville. And a PG&E truck was shot down in Colusa County. The utility has also erected barricades around its San Francisco headquarters.
Others threatened and shouted at PG&E workers as they tried to restore power to the people.
âThese people are there to help. I understand the anger and the emotions, but there are ongoing threats, verbal and otherwise, against them, âJohnson said. “I understand the anger, but be angry with PG&E, not these workers.”
Naturally, the livestream commentators had things to say about Johnson’s request.
“They came just to tell people to stop being mean to them …” wrote @ robsanders2000.
“I would take you more seriously if you did this lecture in the dark,” @Raider_Glace.
“But what about the shareholders ?! Will someone not think of shareholders ?! @xDatajackx commented.