An electric meter box that is supposed to stop a power outage has broken, prompting a firestorm of criticism.
An electric meter, which is supposed in the U.S. to be the standard for power outlets, has been vandalized in the parking lot of a gas station in New York City.
A video posted on Facebook shows a man throwing the meter box and his tools across the parking area of the Exxon gas station on Saturday night.
He says he has to use a power tool because the meter was damaged, and he wants the meter back.
“They don’t care.
It’s a crime.
It is theft.
They don’t want to pay for it,” he said, speaking to the camera with a thick Brooklyn accent.
He was speaking in front of the meter and the tools.
The Met Department has said the box broke on Saturday because of a failure of the cable connecting the meter to the outlet.
The box was on the side of the building, and the cable is on the other side.
The department did not respond to a request for comment.
A meter box is the largest electrical component in an electric utility’s system, which controls the flow of electricity.
It can be used to stop an electrical fire, or to monitor the flow and control the flow on other equipment.