From one perspective, people who own electric cars are considered socially conscious and responsible because they’ve opted to drive a new type of vehicle that is less damaging to the environment. Of course, this is a huge generalization and not applicable in all cases, but electric car owners do make the conscious effort to spend more to purchase an electric car that’s good for the environment. However, their environmentally conscious decisions do not make them exempt from the pettiness of the law.
When Kaveh Kamooneh plugged his electric car into an outlet at his son’s school to recharge, he never expected the 20 minutes of charging to get him into trouble with the law. But Georgia’s police officials decided to make an example of Kamooneh and demonstrate their poor judgment in the process. An officer confronted Kamooneh following the incident.
“He said that he was going to charge me with theft by taking because I was taking power, electricity from the school,” Kamooneh explained to a Georgia television station.
However, the officer at the scene of the crime did not make an arrest on site. Instead, the Chamblee police force arrived at the school and “investigated” the situation. Upon confirming that Kamooneh had not received permission from school officials to use the outlet, police drove to the man’s home to arrest him. The best/worst part? It took them eleven days after the incident for them to finally decide that an arrest was necessary. Kamooneh served about 15 hours in a jail cell for his crimes.
Granted, there isn’t much precedent to follow as far as theft of electricity for charging one’s vehicle goes, but the fact that the total cost of his theft was about 5 cents, it seems utterly ridiculous for the cops to be involved at all.
“He broke the law. He stole something that wasn’t his,” said a police official.