National Grid says it is looking into an incident involving one of its employees after a Belmont woman says the worker stopped at her house and started antagonizing her because of the bumper stickers displayed on the back of her parked car.
Boston 25 News obtained video of the incident, captured from a doorbell camera, where a National Grid truck can be seen backing up, then pulling behind Jessie Bennett's blue Subaru, parked on the street in front of her home. You can then hear the worker lay on the horn for nearly 10 seconds.
Bennett came out of her Belmont home and approached the National Grid worker, who she says was blasting a talk radio station and wearing a Trump 2020 hat.
"He said he disagreed with the things on the back of my car, and he thought that we were what was wrong with the country, and that kind of thing," Bennett told Boston 25 News.
Bennett has several bumper stickers on her car supporting everything from Elizabeth Warren and equality for LGBTQ families to National Parks.
As the incident escalated, she started recording.
Bennett: "What is your name and why are you doing this?"
Worker: "I don't have any idea what you are talking about."
Bennett: "Are you drunk or something?"
Worker: "No... I just hate all of your [expletive] on your car."
Bennett: "Isn't that pleasant?"
Worker: "Isn't that great."
Bennett reported the incident to police because she was worried about the safety of others.
"It was coming from such a place of anger, so it was really intimidating," she said.
She says National Grid was very responsive to her complaint about the worker and they told her he has been taken off the road.
The company confirmed it is aware of the incident and said in a statement that "take this very seriously." "We have reviewed the video, along with the customer complaint, and are taking appropriate action."
National Grid also told Boston 25 that its employees are expected to only wear company-issued clothing and hats while in the field.
Bennett says Belmont Police have also seen the video and are looking into it.
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