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Social Media Explodes With Reactions After Comcast Cancels Appointments on Chicago's South Side Due to Spike in Violence


"Oh Hell No!!!!!!!"

This Feb. 11, 2011 file photo shows the Comcast logo on one of the company's vehicles, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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.

A Supervisor at Comcast just informed us that they couldn't send their technician to repair our internet service today because our area has too much violence.....ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????? Oh Hell No!!!!!!!

Posted by Father Michael Pfleger on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"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.

Well guess what after Facebook goes off and calls and media respond...SUDDENLY, calls from Comcast come and two...

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Father Michael Pfleger on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"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 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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