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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Winnipeg residents are struggling with the effects of the Rogers outage

Winnipeg residents are grappling with the fallout from Rogers' outage.

Key Takeaways:

  • Winnipeg residents feel the repercussions of a nationwide cell phone blackout, ranging from making up for missed work on Saturday to having trouble paying their rent.
  • According to Winnipeg Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier, the outages hampered Friday’s game, but attendance was unaffected.

Winnipeg residents are grappling with the effects of a statewide cell phone blackout, which range from difficulties paying rent to having to make up for missed work on Saturday.

Hunter Ledingham, a Rogers client, said that Friday’s difficulties began when he learned he couldn’t notify his employer of his impending delay and had to find money to pay for a nearly empty petrol tank.

Ledingham said, “You could hardly accomplish anything.” No e-transfers could be sent to anyone. The rent for a few of my pals was impacted. He was unable to make rent.

Cherry Collard, a customer, says the outage on Friday allowed her to work uninterrupted but required her to make up missed calls on Saturday.

Also read: Local businesses and emergency services were affected by the Rogers outage

Collard remarked, “I depend on my phone to be able to stay in touch with folks for work.” It was undoubtedly unexpected that I couldn’t get in touch with anyone.

Without his phone, Ledingham claimed that all he did was “just hang around outside and appreciate the old ways before there was truly internet.”

According to Winnipeg Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier, the outages impacted Friday’s game, but attendance was unaffected.

Collier said that “ticket scanning was fine” and “everything was fine there.” Perhaps a slightly slower processing concessions.

Winnipeg residents are grappling with the fallout from Rogers' outage.
Winnipeg residents are grappling with the fallout from Rogers’ outage. Image from CBC news

ATMs weren’t working, in addition to the lack of debit.

Collier overheard fan complaints over the phone but claimed it seemed like a typical game for spectators.

“Perhaps they spent a little more time watching the game and less on their phones.”

While they couldn’t accept debit, according to Jae-Sung Chon, the owner of Make Coffee + Stuff, customers weren’t put off.

It was quite inconvenient, but many customers were understanding, according to Chon. There were undoubtedly a few folks looking for the internet.

Source: CTV News

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