A Chicago priest's online fury was no match for the Comcast conglomerate.
Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church took to Facebook on Wednesday, after he said the cable and internet company canceled his church's appointment to repair its Internet service because of a spike in violence on Chicago's South Side.
"ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????" Pfleger wrote on his Facebook page. Oh Hell No!!!!!!!"
Hours later, the clergyman posted again on Facebook, saying that after his post started getting a lot of attention on social media, the company "suddenly" called back to say it would be sending out two technicians.
"My question is.Why did it take pressure to do the right thing.....and what about Miss Jones on the block that is treated like that.....If they would tell our Employment Center that, how is an ordinary citizen treated?????? SMH," Pfleger said.
Other social media users took to Twitter, where the story was widely shared, and commented on.
#Comcast canceled 6 service calls due to crime in Chicago. Meanwhile 30,000+ cancel Comcast every 1/4 bc of their criminally bad service.— Social Web Tactics (@Social Web Tactics)1447356681.0
This insanity: https://t.co/dhtpJfN4xe— Lindsay Muscato (@Lindsay Muscato)1447360147.0
in my experience as a reporter in chicago--which took me to englewood often--you don't mess w/father pfleger: https://t.co/sapPrKoojz— Gerry Doyle (@Gerry Doyle)1447325021.0
Comcast spokesman Jack Segal confirmed that the company had canceled the church's appointment, along with five others, after authorities warned of a "heightened potential of violence in the neighborhood."
"In an effort to ensure the safety and security of our employees, we postponed six appointments in the neighborhood. We reached out proactively to the customers and worked to reschedule them," Segal said.
The cable controversy came just a day after the church held a funeral service for 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was shot in the head and back last week as a result of gang violence.
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