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article imageDrunk power plant supervisor responsible for Chinese power outage

By Nate Smith     Nov 12, 2014 in World
Henan - A Nov. 2 power outage that left thousands of Chinese residents in the dark was caused not by energy overconsumption or a faulty grid, but by an intoxicated supervisor put off by how he was treated at a local pub.
The English-speaking South China Morning Post newspaper reports that a group of employees for the Hebi City Electricity Supply Company, a subsidiary of the government-run State Grid Corporation, were offended that staff at a local karaoke bar in the Henan province refused to offer the energy company employees alcoholic beverages free of charge.
The group reportedly spent most of the evening drinking at the establishment, consuming multiple bottles of high-end liquor and crates of beer.
They became violent and started trashing the bar, however, when wait staff refused to give them free drinks.
Yang Shuseng, who is in charge of the local power station, then reportedly threatened to, "unleash the wrath of the electric tiger," by having power cut to the establishment. The supervisor then phoned staff at the power plant and ordered it shut down for repairs, a directive that resulted in a loss of electricity for upwards of 5,000 families for about six hours.
State-run Xinhua News Agency first reported the incident.
The supervisor has since been fired, and another employee reportedly suspended for two years. Still others face administrative sanctions and fines of up to 5,000 yuan for their role in the melee.
Beijing News further reports those involved still face legal consequences under the national Electricity Law and regulations that govern power supplies.
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