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Man posing as TPU worker tried to talk his way into woman’s South Tacoma home

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2012 at 9:16 am |
November 8, 2012 9:16 am

A man posing as a Tacoma Public Utilities worker tried to talk his way into a woman’s home Wednesday, according to the agency.

The man was wearing civilian clothing and a safety vest and he carried a clipboard.

He knocked on the door of the woman’s South Tacoma home, identified himself as a TPU worker and said he needed to come inside to check the water pressure.

When the woman refused to let him inside, he left in a station wagon.

TPU urged customers to ask for workers’ identification badge, which have the employee’s photo and the utility logo on it.

Utility workers also drive vehicles marked with the logo, which could be TPU, Tacoma Water or Tacoma Power. They rarely ask to enter a house; instead, they’re usually checking meters or connecting water or power, which is done outside.

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