‘Time to Eat, but Not to Fix My Power’: Woman Throws Drink at Lineman After His 12-Hour Shift

September 22, 2017 Last Updated: September 23, 2017

An electrical lineman in Covington, Georgia, said that an unknown woman threw a soda in his face for not restoring her power quickly enough in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Daniel Wilson, a father of three, stopped by Taco Bell to get food after a 12-hour shift.

A woman then came up to him and berated him for not working on power lines he said, the Ledger-Enquirer reported.

“You have time to eat, but not fix my power. You make me sick,” the woman said, according to Wilson. Then, she threw a drink in his face.

Covington City Manager Leigh Anne Knight wrote a message on social media, condemning the woman’s actions.

“I realize everyone wants their power back on because as long as most of us have been alive we have not had to worry about reading by candlelight, or building a fire to cook on or stay warm by, but does that mean we can’t live without it for a few days?” she said, per Yahoo.

“While you feel slighted and that you deserve to have everything immediately, he has been willingly showing up for long hours, doing difficult work and trying to be of service to you and the community,” Knight said. “I am truly appalled at how anyone can do such an act of meanness.”

A damaged coastal house is pictured after Hurricane Irma passed the area in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S., September 12, 2017. (Reuters/Chris Wattie)
A damaged coastal house after Hurricane Irma passed the area in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Sept. 12, 2017. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)
A woman clears debris from the beach after Hurricane Irma passed the area in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S., September 12, 2017. (Reuters/Chris Wattie)
A woman clears debris from the beach after Hurricane Irma passed the area in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Sept. 12, 2017. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Wilson told 11Alive that he just drove away after the incident.

In a Facebook post, he wrote that he appreciates the support.

“I am truly blown away by the all the love and support I’m getting from everyone,” he said. “I’m blessed with the best family, friends, and work family anyone could ever ask for.”

“I can assure you that all of this support and gratitude has had a far greater impact on me and my family than anything negative that sorry excuse for a lady did,” he said. “I don’t know how to begin to thank you all for having my back like this. There are truly no words to describe how appreciative I am.”