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Mystery power outage zaps electrical devices in Canadian co-op parking lot, stumping electricians, l

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  1. airbud7

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    There's something creepy going on in Canada.
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    People have been complaining something's been zapping the power out of their key fobs, draining their car batteries and triggering their alarms in a parking lot outside the Westview Co-op grocery store in Carstairs, a small town about 40 miles north of Calgary.
    "People are actually scared to go to the co-op now because they don't know if their cars are going to start," Laura Strate, a longtime employee at the dollar store across the street from the co-op, said.
    Strate said that people come into her store to buy replacement batteries for their fobs because they assume a simple switch-out will work.

    It doesn't.

    The curious case has local electricians stumped.

    "I think it is frustrating," Stephen Kennedy, the store's asset protection manager, told CBC News. "To see the level of frustration for our team and our guests is where our concern is. That's why we are taking extra steps to ensure we are driving the solution."

    So far, electricians have tried shutting down the power to rule out the problem wasn't coming from the building or the parking lot. They've also tested the equipment but can't figure out what's causing the eerie outages.

    "Last night (January 28) we shut off all power sources in our store and the testing equipment revealed that the interference was still being emitted. This means we are confident that the signal is not coming from the Carstairs Food Store. In addition, please note the Carstairs Food Store does not have WI-FI, so that is not a possible source," Westview Co-operative posted Tuesday on Facebook.

    Mystified, Westview has turned to the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Electronic Development to shed light on the problem.

    As the investigation gets underway, locals are floating a few theories of their own.

    "We joke around here in Carstairs, 'Yeah, put your tin foil hats on,'" Strate said.

    So far, people have speculated the outages could be a recently-installed security system, a nearby Tim Hortons that opened up last month, ongoing highway construction or possibly the demolition of a hardware building.
     
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    (More to the point.. the store doesn't have Wi-Fi, WTF?!)
     
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    "Small town 40 miles from closest somewhere..."
    I bet any attention is welcome there.

    As for the "anomaly", finding "what" or "if" would be as hard as detecting electromagnetic field fluctuation.
    Any half decent electrician here would react with: "I'll check it in minute as I finish this unopened beer. And you should get me another 5 in meanwhile."
     
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    I've noticed we humans have a tendency to turn a mystery into humor rather than find the answer. Ridicule only gets a species so far.
     
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    I've lived in Canada nearly my entire life and I've never heard of Co-Op.

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    Probably a fluctuation in earth's magnetic field, or gravitational field.
    Or Manbearpig.


    I've been visiting Canada for the past 32 years, regularly, and I've never seen a co-op also. But there's a store in Switzerland which is named coop, without the seperation "-"
     
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    I just thought the story was cool, If the store doesn't even exist then I'm with Neo Cyrus ....

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    We have a few out here in BC around the lower mainland.
     
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    Russians. It's always Russians. Must be testing a local EMP.
     
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    Time to bring in Fox Mulder.
     
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    Um....it's happening here too. All three xbox controllers need new batteries and my phone needs charging. My kids are pissed.
     
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