Electric cars are great because you can plug them into an outlet to charge, and not have to worry about stopping at a gas station and spending a bunch of money on gas. They save you time, money and are good for the environment. Those things don’t matter however, if you get arrested for theft. That’s what happened to Kaveh Kamooneh from Atlanta, who was arrested for plugging in and charging up at his son’s school.
Kamooneh was there for his son’s tennis practice at Chamblee Middle School in an Atlanta suburb, when he plugged his Nissan Leaf’s extension cable into an outside outlet on school premises. Just a few minutes later, he noticed a police officer around his car, who informed him that charging the car with a public outlet without permission is theft. The officer filed a police report. Then, 11 days later, two deputies arrived at Kamooneh’s house and made the arrest. They didn’t bother asking school officials if they wanted to press charges. They just arrested Kamooneh and he sat in a county jail for 15 hours.
Yes, that sounds very much like the kind of insanity that is going on these days. According to Kamooneh, when plugged into a 110-volt outlet like the one at the school, the car only draws about one kilowatt per hour, which costs less than ten cents of electricity. Since his Leaf was plugged in for about 20 minutes, this arrest was over five cents of electricity theft. Some would say that theft is theft, but come on. This is waste of everyone’s time. Officers need to use discretion instead of acting like good little soldiers.
Be careful where you plug in.