Just when you thought all the odds were stacked against the little guy, someone stands up for their rights and even the cops stand behind her right to defend her property.
When a woman in Texas tried to stop a contractor from installing a Smart-meter on her home, the installer repeatedly put his hands on her pushing her out of his way to get to the meter. She threatened to get her gun and he laughed at her. When she went inside and came back out with her gun, he promptly left her property.
The installer had previously called the police about the encounter before she had pulled the gun. When police arrived, they agreed the woman had the right to defend her property and no charges were filed. The woman has not yet decided whether to press charges against the meter installer.
Power struggle: Local woman uses gun to stop worker from installing smart meter
Thelma Taormina didn’t want a new electric meter, and she went to great lengths to keep her old one.
When a worker showed up at her northwest Harris County home to install a smart meter, she grabbed her gun.
"He just kept pushing me away," the 55-year-old Taormina, who is licensed to carry a weapon, said. "He saw it, and went back the other way."
After the incident, the police showed up at her door. Taormina put her hands up as the police searched her, and she invited them inside to take her statement. Apparently the installation worker had called the police seeking to file assault charges.
Prosecutors later decided not to pursue the matter because the man "was trespassing" and "failed to leave when told to," according to a police report obtained by The New American. “But going through all of that was very concerning,” Taormina said, pointing out that felony charges could have resulted in the loss of her gun rights.
Now, supporters of Taormina are urging her to press charges against the man, which she is considering. Mostly, she said, it is out of concern that the worker may treat other residents in a similar manner. “He shouldn’t be out there working with the general public.... I was physically afraid of this man.”
Taormina was concerned about privacy issues because she didn't want the government monitoring her energy usage and feared the WI-fi signal could be intercepted. She also objected over the possible health effects of an unwanted WI-fi system broadcasting from her home.
It seems her protests have caused the utility company to consider removing Smart-meters from homes that don't want them.
This is a small victory for the little guy and another example of why our gun rights are so important.