Leaf owner jailed for stealing power

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Chamblee, Georgia - Range anxiety: that sinking feeling that electric car owners get when they start to doubt whether their car will make the next destination.

The worst thing that can happen is that you'll get stranded on the side of the road, right?

Not so. If you live in the USA and you happen to plug your car into an electrical socket without permission, you could face jail time.

Ask Kaveh Kamooneh, who was arrested for stealing an estimated 5 cents (50 SA cents) worth of juice from the school where his 11-year-old son was playing tennis.

While the police force was not sure on the quantity of electricity taken, Sergeant Ernesto Ford said that it doesn't matter: “He broke the law. He stole something that wasn't his.”

The police officer that caught Kamooneh eventually let him go but did draw up an incident report and this led to his arrest, and a 15-hour prison stay, nearly two weeks later.

While it really seems that the police were being petty here, there is another side to the story, according to the police report.

When confronted about using the electricity outlet, Kamooneh allegedly became extremely argumentative and difficult and also accused the police officer of damaging his car.

Further investigation revealed that the school had told the man not to visit the tennis courts without permission as he'd previously interfered with activities taking place there.

Moral of the story? Just be polite for crying out loud.

Source: 11alive.com


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