There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Mary-Beth Hutchinson admits that she doesn’t watch a lot of television. That might explain why the PEPCO spokesperson was stunned when she learned of a stunt on the Jan. 31 episode of NBC’s Fear Factor in which, according to the power company, “competitors [stood] at a high-voltage electrical substation and receive ‘minor’ nuisance shocks.” In a press release dated Jan. 28, PEPCO stated that it was “concerned” about the segment of the reality show. According to the utility—which makes safety its “co-first” concern—“there is no such thing as a ‘minor nuisance shock.’” In response, Robert Meyer, an NBC spokesperson, offered a press release explaining that the show added a “warning specific to the dangers of electricity” to its usual disclaimer at the beginning of the show. Hutchinson hopes that “if people do nutty things in response to this program, it won’t be on our equipment.”