- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Comcast canceled six appointments on Chicago’s South Side Wednesday due to “heightened potential [for] violence” in the area, causing priest and famed social activist Michael Pfleger to unleash a public tirade against the media company.

Father Pfleger of St. Sabina Church took to Facebook, saying, “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!!!!!!!”

After the post went semi-viral, Father Pfleger said the company “suddenly” called back to say it would be sending out two technicians, The Blaze reported.

“Well guess what after Facebook goes off and calls and media respond…SUDDENLY, calls from Comcast come and two technicians and a supervisor show up to do the work,” he wrote. “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”

Jack Segal, Comcast’s regional vice president of communications for the Chicago area, explained to DNA Info that the appointment at St. Sabina’s, as well as five others in the area, were canceled after Comcast heard from police that the area could see an uptick in violence.

“We received police information that there was a heightened potential of violence in the neighborhood,” Mr. Segal said. “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.”

Mr. Segal said Comcast employees would be back in the area on Thursday.

The South Side neighborhood near St. Sabina has seen a heavy police presence since the killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, whom the church held a funeral service for Tuesday.

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