Thursday, July 16, 2015

Man charged for charging his iPhone

By +Sue Casa

A London man was arrested last week on suspicion of 'abstracting electricity' as he charged his iPhone while traveling on public transport. Robin Lee, an artist, plugged his iPhone into an electrical outlet on the overground train while travelling from Hackney to Camden last Friday.

Almost Charged
Arrested and 98% charged...
Lee was spotted committing the heinous crime by a Police Community Support Officer who alerted the real police before confronting him about his illegal act of stealing electricity to charge his phone. When the train finally pulled into Camden station, Lee was met by four police officers and was duly arrested.

I looked up 'Abstracting Electricity' and it is a real thing. It is an offence under section 13 of the Theft Act 1968, and carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Robin Lee Selfie Portrait
Robin Lee Selfie Portrait
Lee tweeted about his arrest complaining that he was the victim of an overzealous part-time policewoman and this incident should have never gone as far as it did. He has since been 'de-arrested' for the offense. I looked up 'de-arrested' too, and that is also a real word. It means that the original arrest has been stricken from all records as if it had never happened. However any bruises or other injuries resulting from the arrest will be left to run their natural course.

According to signs posted next to the electrical sockets, they are not for public use, the reason being that they are not safeguarded against electrical surges when the train jumps from one substation to the next. Any equipment plugged in which is not surge protected could be damaged, and the London Transport Authority don't want to get sued.

Not for public use
Clearly labelled "Not for public use"
Mr Lee is refusing to give us a statement, but if he did it might have said,"I didn't think I would become such a popular abstract artist in my lifetime."

Do you think he should have been arrested for abstracting electricity? Have you heard the phrase 'abstracting electricity' before? How about 'de-arrested'? Have you ever plugged your equipment in somewhere you shouldn't have? Share your opinions with us.

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