NASHVILLE, June 10 (UPI) -- A retiree in Tennessee has been charged with kidnapping a cable technician because he was upset about the man's failure to fix his TV problem.
A judge this week ordered a mental evaluation for John Weatherly, who denies mistreating the cable guy, an employee of Comcast, The Nashville Tennessean reports.
"After you pay a monthly fee you expect some service," Weatherly said after a hearing Monday. "But why would I kidnap the cable guy? I was polite to him and told him to leave. The TV was under warranty."
The technician, who no longer works for Comcast, said that Weatherly, during a repair visit in March 2007, dead bolted the front door of his home in Donelson, near Nashville, refused to allow him to leave and set his dog on him. Weatherly says that after the technician disconnected the surround-sound to his TV he ordered him out of the house.
Weatherly now has a satellite dish. He faces charges that include kidnapping and resisting arrest.