Homeowner Pulls Gun To Stop New Electric Meter From Being Installed

A woman in Texas says she tried to be polite when she told the man from the power company that she didn’t want to have her old electric meter replaced with a new “smart” meter. But when he refused to listen to her, she grabbed her gun.

The woman tells Houston’s KHOU that she placed herself between the installer and her old meter but, “He just kept pushing me away.”

That’s when she showed him her handgun.

“He saw it, and went back the other way,” she tells KHOU.

The homeowner says she is not comfortable with the amount of information smart meters transmit back to the power company.

“Our constitution allows us not to have that kind of intrusion on our personal privacy,” she explains. “They’ll be able to tell if you are running your computer, air conditioner, whatever it is.”

The woman still has her old meter and she and her husband have posted warning signs declaring “No Smart Meters Are to Be Installed On This Property,” but CenterPoint, the power company that attempted to install the meter says it will persist in its efforts.

“We are deeply troubled by anyone who would pull a gun on another person performing their job,” reads a statement from the company. “CenterPoint will be taking additional steps – including court actions – because what happened is dangerous, illegal and unwarranted.”

KHOU reports that CenterPoint Energy already installed around 2 million smart meters in the area, but the local Public Utilities Commission is now weighing the possibility of allowing homeowners to have the new meters removed.

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  1. makoto says:

    I would just like to say (now that I finally can) that I still don’t see how pulling a gun on anyone in this situation would elevate your political position… certainly your leverage over someone’s life is obvious, but not as a political stance.

  2. Viajero says:

    Home of Rick Perry, Shrub, and other smart people.

  3. lcole07 says:

    Pull the power plug!

  4. PdxPhoenix says:

    The constitution only protects her from gubment intrusion into her privacy… not from a non-governmental entity. Right?

  5. AnnieS says:

    Seems to me that she doesn’t have to have the smart meter installed. That is certainly within her rights as an American. And it is within the rights of the power company to shut off her service also. Let’s see her go with power for a week or two, she will probably change her mind.

  6. glorytown says:

    A couple of years ago, I noticed that my street-side water meter had a plastic bulb on the cover. Since this was new, I walked several homes down and saw only covers w/o this bulb. Calling my water department, I was told that my residence had been “selected” as a test site for electronic meter reading, and this bulb was the antenna. Even though I don’t own the meter (only the line going to my home), I still would have preferred being told ahead of time of this switch-out. I can kind of understand her paranoia, although pulling a gun might be a little extreme. Just release the hounds.