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Published 3 years ago with 7 Comments

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  • ducky (edited 3 years ago)
    +6

    If they really cared so much about people (mis)using them then maybe they should put some effort into securing the outlets so only people with the right to use it could use it.

    Here in Sweden they even encourage people to use the few available power outlets on trains if you have a need for one.

    • a7h13f
      +5

      I agree. It seems pretty trivial to install some sort of locking outlet cover that only authorized people have a key to. If I'm taking public transportation, and I see a readily available power outlet, I'd assume it's been installed for the convenience of the passengers. If that's not the case, then there should - at the very least - be signs and markings making that immediately clear.

  • idlethreat
    +5

    A 45-year-old man from Islington was arrested on suspicion of abstracting electricity, for which he was de-arrested shortly after...

    What a profoundly British sentence.

  • spaceghoti (edited 3 years ago)
    +5

    Why would a power outlet on a public transport not be available to the public? You'd think if you didn't want people using it you'd at least post a sign saying it's not intended for public use.

  • sturle (edited 3 years ago)
    +2

    They threatened me on a Chinese train for the same reason. No charging mobile phones on Chinese State railway trains. (As it functioned as my camera, that really sucked, but then again, I didn't like China...) They pulled the fuses to make sure no more passengers charged their phones.

  • emmg
    +2

    There's a pretty important longer comment under the actual article that reminds me of the only piece of advice I would ever give someone who asked: "Always consider your sources."

  • fanficmistress
    +2

    Interesting that it was a community officer that first stopped him and I assume this is why he was "de-arrested" of the electricity charge. Although he is still charges with trying to push past officers.

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