The Philadelphia Gas Works has reached a $4,500 settlement with customer John
Wesley Sims III, who complained that a PGW worker urinated - and worse - on
his valuable sports-card collection during a service call to Sims' home.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports that sometime
in September, the PGW worker was dispatched to Sims' home to re-establish gas
service after an earlier shutoff because Sims had not kept his payments current.
The worker went to the basement, spotted the carefully arranged card collection
- and proceded to urinate on it.
What the worker apparently didn't know, according to the News, was that Sims,
40, had a video-surveillance camera that recorded him "in flagrante delicto."
And Sims claimed the offense went beyond a mere "golden shower."
In a letter to the PGW, he wrote:"This PGW employee defecated on my collection
of 3,500 sports cards. I have collected these cards over many years and in some
cases, I have donated these cards to children who are hospitalized. In addition,
I have shown a videotape of the PGW employee defecating on my personal property
to his supervisor."
"In 14 years, I thought I'd heard just about everything, but this is the
sickest thing I've ever heard," said City Controller Jonathan Saidel, who
sits on the city's Gas Commission.
The News reports that the worker has been fired. PGW spokesman Harvey Clark
confirmed for the newspaper that the worker urinated on the collection but would
not discuss further details about the incident, including the worker's identity.
"Mr. Sims settled with PGW and he was entirely happy with that,"
Philadelphia Daily News