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Homeless man busted for using public outlet to recharge cell phones

Posted: , by Alan F.

Homeless man busted for using public outlet to recharge cell phones
How many of us have taken advantage of an electrical outlet on city property to recharge our handset when the battery on the device started to die. It is the sort of thing that happens everyday, usually without incident. Except for when it was done by 23 year old Shaun Fawster. The homeless man was in Bangor, Maine when a pair of handsets in his possession needed to be recharged. Fawster did what every red blooded cell phone owner would have done, he scoured the area looking for an outlet to plug in to and sure enough, he found an outlet hidden behind some flowers.

Unfortunately for the 23 year old, a Bangor Police Officer was just checking out businesses in the area when he came upon Mr. Fawster. He immediately arrested him and charged him with "theft of services".  The officer also found a concealed folding knife hidden under the homeless man's shirt.
After being charged with the offenses, Fawster was released from jail.

How many of us will think twice next time our phones cry out "Feed me" and the only outlet we see is on government property?

source: CBSNews

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posted on 02 Jul 2011, 03:10 6

1. Coolaaron88 (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Jun 2011)


I think this is BS

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 08:03 5

14. AppleFUD (unregistered)


Ditto. . . the officer could have saved the tax payers more money by doing something useful with his time other than wasting his time and all the other government employees that had to do paperwork because some 23 years old is down and out and would have used probably 25 cents worth of electricity.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 09:50 5

24. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Not even. a normal phone takes 1-2 hours to charge at around 5W. even if power was a ridiculously high 25/cents KW/h that would be 0.00125 cents of power used.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 03:35 6

2. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


drug lords keep roaming around and this man who needs a simple charge. sorry but it 's the society.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 03:38 1

3. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 122; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


this just make's my impression of the police correct,that they are just desperate to charge someone without any common sense being applied,how can you charge a person for such a thing?with the knife on him,is understandable not for goverment service,beside he is a citizine of that country not an alien

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 04:03 2

4. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


TOTAL BS !!!

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 04:13 4

5. axs (unregistered)


that is f**king stupid. he can not recharge his self phone in front of a store? and i always keep a 4 inch blade on me. i can not trst people at all and i am not even homlesess. ever since obama was elected it has been going down the drain. the space shuttle program getting canceled and then that f**kng stupid health reform! if he gets reelected, i am moving from this stupid country where it is actually run by somebody intelligent

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 06:51 3

10. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Well said. What could the guy do, charge his phone out of his ass? More like this crooked cop was bored.

If we didn't have a severely liberal president running the country and bleeding it dry, this wouldn't have happened.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 23:47 1

67. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Lol, you should know by now that I don't care about my comments getting negative ratings lol. Just makes it even funnier watching people get butthurt over trivial stuff.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 07:18 5

13. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Axs: I'm not an American. Just be Logical Dude.
How the hell Obama is responsible for any Idiocy going on the street...?
And if Police man went nuts blame him... Not Obama and yes better you leave else you'll spoil America lolz :-D

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 10:07 2

27. Wowe1234 (unregistered)


A logical dude who thought is was time to elect a black man without knowing his platform. OR did you. You must me a racist socialist, white christian hating libby. Go over to Egypt and join the new ruling Muslim brotherhood.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 08:33 2

17. davidvvassallo (unregistered)


he could get a job and do something with his life instead of just trying to beg to people so he could get a few change, that way he could afford a apartment and his own electricity

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 09:36 2

20. N/A (unregistered)


Your a turd. You dont have a clue how hard it is for a homeless person to get on their feet. I've never seen a single overweight homeless man like half the usa is now. They are people who have been arrested for stealing electricity from mcdonalds to charge their cell phone that they probably got with food stamps. They can't get a job because when they run a background check and see theft they throw his app away. You just dont have any idea

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 09:45

21. davidvvassallo (unregistered)


so is it my fault that they did bad thing when they where young and screwed up there lives they should have listen to there parents when they where young but you can still try to find a job. In america you can find a job in a minute if you want to. Its because they are too lazy to do anything.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 10:29 2

31. Davids-a-DICK (unregistered)


I don't know if you realize, but if you get to the point where you're homeless its hard to apply for a job becase:

1. No address to put on application
2. No shower
3. No clean clothes
4. Probably had horrible parents

Why don't you try saving up enough money to put down a deposit on an apartment plus first months rent when you're starving. Better yet, try getting an apartment when you can't get a job because you have no home. Mcdonalds wont even hire someone whos homeless due to numerous reasons. Its a messed up domino effect. You should be thankful that you're not in that situation and not be such an oversized cock about things. You never know it could happen to you.

posted on 03 Jul 2011, 08:52

73. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


You the hardest job.....is finding a job?

If you dont have a computer or access to one you gotta get the paper daily....

You have to fax, mail resumes or fill out countless applications, make phone calls daily.

You have to have a contact address and phone number so possible employers can get in touch with you.

There are Labor Ready spots where you have to be at a certain location every morning by 6 am. And even then you might not get picked for a job that day.

Employment offices and temp agencies are a big help....but see above about having a contact address and phone number.

Yea you can find a job in a minute in some cases....the issue is can you get that job....

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 16:37

43. cnwwyo (Posts: 126; Member since: 26 May 2011)


wow, if somebody can get a cell phone with food stamps, then theres one of the many reasons the welfare system is way flawed.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 16:54

49. quakan (Posts: 1381; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


reading your comment just made me laugh super hard

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 09:58 3

25. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


@davidvassallo. You don't know this man's circumstances. Maybe he has a cell phone so that employers can call, so that he can get a job. He might even be employed and is saving for a place to stay. Who are you, or anyone else to judge this man for this BS?

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 10:56

32. davidvvassall (unregistered)


First Of all I'm not judging anyone, and second of all just because someone is homeless and he is breaking a law he should be ignored, this officer was hired to do his duty and his duty is to punish anyone who disobeys the law, whoever it is

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 13:58 1

38. mfrapp20 (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


@davidvvassall quite frankly, you're a d**k. Go to hell. You have no idea of what that person has to go through every day. Don't start talking about how he needed to listen to his parents, because every parent isn't like the parent that you had. Some parents couldn't give a rats ass about their kids

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 09:50 4

23. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


When you leave could you please take this Miz wannabe with you? Thank you.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 11:13 2

33. ihatelie (unregistered)


*Sniff-sniff* i smell some republican cone-heads

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 22:16 3

60. fishpower187 (Posts: 88; Member since: 22 Feb 2010)


Good for you man, I totally feel you here. You're right, the Obama misadministration is the biggest bunch of crooks, cheats, and anti-American assholes ever assembled in one place.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 04:57 1

6. GOT HOME (unregistered)


Now the man got home ,he is no more homeless :p

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 18:32 1

53. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The article states he was RELEASED....

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 04:59 2

7. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


No wonder Police is stupid n reckless all over the globe and catches innocents than the real guilties...

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 10:13 1

29. Wowe1234 (unregistered)


They have to arrest some white people. This way they could fight off some of that political correctness. This is the only way you are going to be able to put most white people in jail because most real crime doesn't happen by whites. You can argue that blacks are targeted but look at the reasons that white, spanish, and blacks were arrest and you will see.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 18:58 1

55. Nick (unregistered)


Did you read the article? It says it happened in Maine.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 05:04 3

8. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


axs if you think President Obama is bad just look at the Cambodian Prime Minister he is killing his own people, forced evictions, burned down people homes and take over the land, clear cut the forests, stole donations money hundreds of millions dollars, selling his country to foreigners, etc.

What do you thinks?

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