• Caught on tape: Men claiming to be utility workers yell obscenities at local residents


    PITTSBURGH - Men claiming to be utility workers caught on tape yelling obscenities at Highland Park residents  

    People living in a Highland Park apartment building said they had an unusual encounter with two men claiming to be utility workers that ended with a call to police.

    The residents of the Wellesly Avenue building said the door-to-door workers, who claimed to work for Oasis Energy, yelled insults and refused to leave Thursday afternoon.

    Part of the exchange was caught on cellphone video.

    Harriet Williams said the men asked to look at her energy bill when they came to her apartment.

    "As I was looking at it, he snatched it out of my hand. That made me very curious so I snatched it back," Williams said.

    After visiting Williams, the workers went to John Kimball's apartment upstairs.

    "The guy was essentially standing right here. So when I opened my door it was kind of scary," Kimball said.

    Kimball said he asked the men to leave several times but they refused.

    "I said, 'Well, I'll call the cops,'" said Kimball.

    Williams said it wasn't until she called for her dogs that the workers went outside, where the heated exchange was caught on tape. Watch video here. Warning: explicit language.

    "I either thought this is a scam and they're trying to get money out of his or they're employed by this company and they're very bad salespeople," Williams said.

    A spokesman from Oasis Energy said they're working to determine if the men were, in fact, employees.

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