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Tyburn
03-18-2011, 12:54 PM
at about 9.30 this morning, some workman somewhere cut through a cable carrying the vast majority of power to supply Harrogate.

Harrogate is set up so there is about three estates per district, and each estate has its own power source, most have infact two distributors, but half of them are obviously controlled by a single, greater, power source.

It was this power source that was somehow disconnected from the national power grid. Instantly about two thirds of the districts in the town shut down. Our store was in one of those area. After ten seconds of darkness the emergency generators kicked in...and whilst we had enough fuel to keep going all day...the Electronic Point Of Sale bank works on a charged battery, and doesnt have much longer then an hour of emergency power.

We were preparing to go back to those funny card machines that use carbon paper to take prints of credit card :laugh:

Far worse was the fact that the emergency generators were not enough to power the vast majority of our fridges...and the backups didnt even have emergency lighting...our backups were plunged into complete pitch black...and if we wanted to put stock out...we had to use a flash light to find the stock in the big walk in fridges

:laugh: As we were ready to lock the chillers in card to keep the cold in for as long as possible...and the Cash Registers were about to go into lock down...the power came back on :laugh: