Jeff’s Pirates Cove owner says power glitches fried thousands worth of equipment

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“There’s too much politics in the Guam Power Authority and the decisions made by management and the decisions made by our senators, our elected officials are not helping the people of Guam at all.” – Jeff Pleadwell

Guam – Jeff’s Pirates Cove owner Jeff Pleadwell says recent power glitches have fried three pieces of equipment at his southern restaurant.

“We’ve been having lots of on and off situations, glitches with the power and it’s causing my appliances, TV sets, micros, [point of sale] systems, all the sensitive and even not so sensitive equipment, to go out and some of them just knock off and I can bring ’em back but some get totally destroyed,” said Pleadwell.

Pleadwell has owned and operated the Jeff’s Pirate’s Cove restaurant in Ipan, Talofofo for nearly 40 years. He says that last week Friday, thousands of dollars worth of equipment were destroyed by a power glitch. This glitch also cost him a freezer, a TV that used to hang above his bar. Pleadwell says it also damaged his fax machine, although he was able to get the fax machine back up and running again.

“Over the years the power has become worse and worse. There’s too much politics in the Guam Power Authority and the decisions made by management and the decisions made by our senators, our elected officials are not helping the people of Guam at all. I’ve had this business 38 years and my biggest problem throughout those 38 years has been the Guam Power Authority,” lamented Pleadwell.

Over all the years he’s done business, Pleadwell estimates that he’s spent tens of thousands of dollars on equipment that he’s lost due to power glitches.

“A business needs clean, pure power. Today’s world is full of computers and full of like these micro systems for your register and everything. Even though you have [uniterruptible power supply] protection, these glitches can get through and toast your appliances,” said Pleadwell.

Pleadwell showed PNC the numerous surge protectors and battery back-ups he has throughout his business. He says that as a business owner and a tax payer he’s frustrated with the state of Guam’s power system, which is why he feels it’s time to privatize GPA.

“I would like to see a company that is responsible to the people of Guam come in and run this and do a good job; a company that has proven themselves to do a good job in other places,” said Pleadwell.

Pleadwell thinks the power glitch may have happened last week Friday but he is not 100 percent sure.

GPA Spokesman Art Perez, meanwhile, says there were no power quality issues on Friday in the area. Perez says that without an exact date they can’t be sure of what exactly happened or whether or not the damage was due to electrical problems in Pleadwell’s business.

Perez did, however, note that last week’s storm did cause some power problems, but GPA issued advisories warning residents to isolate equipment if they are having power quality issues.