Be careful where you charge your electric car
— By Tyler Falk on December 4, 2013, 11:39 AM PST
Humm.... now makes me wonder what happens when this is carried to the extreme. I am sure more electricity is "stolen" by folks recharging electronic devices (tablets, cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, etc) than this gentleman - now a CRIMINAL, a THIEF, mind you - even came close to tapping!
I see it now... "Pay-per-charge", locked covers on every outlet in any publicly accessed space. Hoo-boy - here we go - down another trail of unintended consequences. I wonder how much we will pay (and I assure you, "we" WILL pay!) for government and companies to secure their suddenly recognized resource - electric outlets? We can sleep well for it though - after all, it is "GREEN Energy"...
I do not understand why so many people feel they are entitled to have something other people own or pay for.
Electricity isn't free, and theft is theft. Yeah, a couple of cents if one guy does it. But when the big green dream is realized and everyone is driving EVs, it won't just be 10-cents here and there anymore.
@Cabo Wabo Addict If his son goes to school there (apparent from the story), then he does pay for the electricity via taxes. That said, I do agree with you in principle.
@JohnMcGrew- or here's another thought. Issue a warning and tell the guy to not do it again or he will get arrested. We are an arrest crazy police state. A warning will suffice for many people. According to ChaCha, the
average cost of someone getting arrested is $6,245. - See more at:
http://www.chacha.com/question/how-much-does-the-average-arrest-cost-taxpayers#sthash.KEMp00sB.dpuf. Sounds pretty freakin' stupid to me. Good job Chamblee's Finest. You make everyone proud. Only 4,999 more useless arrests to get that promotion. We are going broke because of senseless arrests. Wake up and smell your tax dollars going bye-bye.
@uneekware , true enough. But then again such a simple cost analysis could be applied to all petty theft. What kind of society would we be living if we only arrested people who stole more than $6,245? Heck, if someone were to steal my truck, it wouldn't make sense. But I'd be pretty pissed off.
Also, it was unclear who pressed the charges. DeKalb County Schools? There's an organization that knows all about cost-benefit analysis!
@JohnMcGrew @uneekware - very good point, but I would argue that we already successfully deal with petty theft through ticketing. Try not putting money in the parking meter (or fishing without a fishing license). The cop doesn't arrest you; you get a ticket. Slightly more cost effective and not quite as unbelievably damaging personally as an arrest record. For many, this approach would end their criminal career and the streets would be safe once more.