Phone boxes called a 'hazard'

Phone boxes called a 'hazard'

There are 46 comments on the LA Daily News story from Sep 22, 2009, titled Phone boxes called a 'hazard'. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Blind residents like Racquel Decipeda say the new Verizon FiOS boxes that have been placed on power poles around the Valley are causing a hazard for the visually impaired.

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Thom

United States

#1 Sep 22, 2009
This should have taken VZ about 5 seconds to get sorted out. They should blindfold the VZ execs and PR folks and send them down the street.....that should do it.
U r not so smart

Bangkok, Thailand

#2 Sep 22, 2009
No,walking down the street blind and/or not paying attention is a hazard.Easier to prevent the blind and hua folks from walking the streets.
Kevo

Canyon, TX

#3 Sep 22, 2009
this is outrageous.
Just imagine being blind for one second. How come a private company be so disrespectful to others?
I now know which company I will boycott if it doesn't make any efforts to help people.

This is very sad to hear. the people have rights, including rights of way.

Californians must unite against the wretchedness of corporate greediness.
Dog Lover

Hawthorne, CA

#4 Sep 22, 2009
I agree the handicap can not see it and it can hurt them... But if a kid is ridding a bike and smacks it, that kid deserves it for being stupid and not paying attention.... LOL
Maybe it will wake the kid up.... Litterly.... LOL Kids now adays need to run into one, some of then a few times....LOL
What a dum kid...
But for the blind, we need to work something else out.... Even if one Handicap person gets hurt, its one to many..... They use the stick, I dont see how they manage as it is.... Last thing I would want to lose is my eye sight... We need to give them all the helpo they need...
GOD BLESS THEM.... I have sight, and life is still tough.... I just have not compasion for kids anymore, the way they act... Lets run them in to the phne boxes on purpose... Maybe they will get soem smarts.... or maybe there parents will... get some also.... LOL
Dog Lover

Hawthorne, CA

#5 Sep 22, 2009
just make the boxes higher, get a ladder.... LOL DUH, what a bunch of idiot..
los angeles riots

Reseda, CA

#6 Sep 22, 2009
actually, you expressing yourself is a hazard. your ignorance is blinding.
U r not so smart wrote:
No,walking down the street blind and/or not paying attention is a hazard.Easier to prevent the blind and hua folks from walking the streets.
GNSS

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#7 Sep 22, 2009
If Verizon decides not to quit installing the boxes, why don't the blind and those supporting the blind drop Verizon as their cell phone carrier. I'll bet they will rethink their policy when it hits their bottom line.
solipsism

Kitchener, Canada

#8 Sep 22, 2009
can't the morons at least rotate them 90 degrees( along the sidewalk) instead of jutting out. I am not blind and I would still walk into them.
jb5music

Balik Pulau, Malaysia

#9 Sep 23, 2009
Typical - The picture of the box looks like the box is only a few months old
but it already has to bird shits on the side and a McDonald's melted chocolate
shake running down it.. I guess that stretch of Zelzah must be
part of a public zoo.

“Be the change you want to see!”

Since: Dec 08

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Sep 23, 2009
Ban boxes.

Ban poles.

Ban trees.

It's the only way.

LA residents can't walk and chew gum at the same time, either.

Ban gum.
hugozoon

AOL

#11 Sep 23, 2009
i work for verizon northeast those boxes are called hubs that is where a fiber jumper is placed from a spliter to the fdt in ny these boxes are located 14 to 20 ft off the ground and pedastal boxes are at curbside they need to be moved higher they cant be rotated at that hieght because the door might hit a car i have seen boxes mounted like that only where their was no sidewalk
Norman Moore

Ankeny, IA

#12 Sep 23, 2009
The city has no jurisdiction over telephone utilities so whatever the clowncil wants to do is not relevant. Every time I contacted Wendy The Fool's office about my lousy DSL service from AT&T that is what I was told. Contacting Cal PUC I was told they didn't regulate Internet. The FCC referred me back to local authorities so good luck in this one, if Verizon feels compassionate they will correct it but they are at ;east bringing high tech to the area unlike those folks that serve North Hollywood.
CHEECH

United States

#13 Sep 23, 2009
I'm not visually impaired. but a slight distraction...OWWW!,,, MY CABEZA!!!
Kit

San Diego, CA

#14 Sep 23, 2009
This is a no-brainer. But topics like this do remind me of the ignorance in the community.
A) Blind people are *not* handicapped. They ask for reasonable accomodations and then fare very well living their lives just the same as anyone else.
B) How did hugozoon get a job at Verizon with a complete lack of ability to use punctuation? Oh...AOL...that kind of explains it. Clearly these boxes are mounted at this height where there ARE sidewalks (whether you've seen them personally or not)- refer to the picture.
No one is saying Verizon shouldn't make progress in supplying high speed services to the area. But does the public right of way really need to be made unsafe so that you can download your porn faster?
Bob OH

Northridge, CA

#15 Sep 23, 2009
Wjy would a consumer product/service company refuse to accommodate the wishes of it's largest customer base? Do they think they are too big to fail? There's a new invention that will allow Verizon to put their boxes 8, 10, or even 12 feet above the ground, and still be convenient for workers. It's called a ladder.

HELLO....Can you hear me now?
joe

Thousand Oaks, CA

#16 Sep 23, 2009
"Verizon contends its status as a telecommunications company allows it to place equipment in public rights of way, including sidewalks."

So if they put a huge 10' x 10' metal box blocking an entire sidewalk, that would be within their rights? B.S. As a long time verizon customer (not by choice, they were the only local carrier) I can say from experience Verizon treats their customers disrespectfully and it's no surprise they do the same to the general public of the communities they serve.

I hope they pay through the nose for this arrogance.
John

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Sep 23, 2009
Complete lack of common sense. Clearly, no one bothered to check it out in the field & only made a decision in a cubicle or office. One must get off their chair seat & go look on the effects that things would have in the field. We see so many issues like this, because someone is too lazy to go look first.
joe

Thousand Oaks, CA

#18 Sep 23, 2009
and to all the dumbos on this comment board:

U r not so smart (in America we care about all people, even the blind and the handicapped. can you imagine?)

Dog Lover (no. kids on bikes do not deserve to run into these illegal obstructions. A,hole.)

jb5music (bird crap + a single piece of fast food trash in a city = public zoo? you suck.)

Ayahuasca Shaman (be the change you want to see. absolutely pointless comment.)

Kit (hugozoon works in the northeast and is saying the boxes should be higher, that he's never seen one this low in his region.)

GAFC. Please! In the future don't post your stupidity where I might read it. Thank you all!
Just_One_Angry_C itizen

Placentia, CA

#19 Sep 23, 2009
I dont mean to sound blunt, but really the blind should not be walking around in the street, regardless if they want a normal life. They are BLIND! the world cannot evolve around them and just for them. The next thing they going to ask is to remove the light post or a stop sign. Really people, if i was blind, i would have the courtesy of living my life indoors, knowing full well i cannot change the world until they find a way to beat blindness, I would be satifisied with my disablilities and learn to live with it. Yes i understand peopel need to be an individual and then need to express themselves, but COME ON, really this person is BLIND!! they cannot see, yes they are entitled to have a life, but im sorry, the world doesnt evolves around the blind. the same goes for people in wheelchairs changing the rule and sueing the pant off because theres isnt a wheelchair access, give me a break. I mean Enough is enough! if you are disabled you shouldnt be walking, driving or anything you are a hazard to everyone else on the road. a blind person can walk onto a street then the car in froint of me would stop abruptly, and i hit that person, yes nobody is hurt, except my wallet and my insurance goes up, whill this blind person will pay for it?? I think not, he/she was just walking!
But seriously, Enough IS ENOUGH!!
phew

Walnut, CA

#20 Sep 23, 2009
I really don't think you're qualified to be the spokesperson for people getting "soem" smarts.
Dog Lover wrote:
I agree the handicap can not see it and it can hurt them... But if a kid is ridding a bike and smacks it, that kid deserves it for being stupid and not paying attention.... LOL
Maybe it will wake the kid up.... Litterly.... LOL Kids now adays need to run into one, some of then a few times....LOL
What a dum kid...
But for the blind, we need to work something else out.... Even if one Handicap person gets hurt, its one to many..... They use the stick, I dont see how they manage as it is.... Last thing I would want to lose is my eye sight... We need to give them all the helpo they need...
GOD BLESS THEM.... I have sight, and life is still tough.... I just have not compasion for kids anymore, the way they act... Lets run them in to the phne boxes on purpose... Maybe they will get soem smarts.... or maybe there parents will... get some also.... LOL

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