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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: 6; 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: 323; 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: 121; 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 (Posts: 117; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)


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: 4720; 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: 125; 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: 1160; 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: 3189; 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: 3189; 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: 2942; 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?

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 10:16 1

30. Wowe1234 (unregistered)


Obama is heading that way abusing Eminent Domain, growing government while reducing our liberties...

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 12:10 2

35. Sniggly (Posts: 6837; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And Bush didn't? f**king hypocrite.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 15:36 2

41. Wowe1234 (unregistered)


I don't know if I should call you a hypocrite or just a moron. I never said that I was a Repub. I just like freedom. Sounds like you want more projects(public housing destroying neighborhoods.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 16:40 1

44. cnwwyo (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 May 2011)


how is cambodia our problem? what they do is their business. we don't have the money to be the world police as it is. why cant we waste more money we dont have here before we waste it in other places where it clearly doesnt do any good any-way? this is what i thinks

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 05:57 2

9. mikej (unregistered)


Probably saw an armed robbery taking place down the street and opted to arrest this guy as it was the easier option!

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 06:52 2

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


This is what happens when liberals run the country.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 15:09 5

40. lalala (unregistered)


And your picture is a result of what happens when you're 20 something and still think that the WWE is real.

Seriously, if you want to bring up government all the time go take a debating class. sheesh

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 23:40 2

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


Oh I'm sorry if you require semantics at a third grade level.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 07:18 2

12. rizzell (unregistered)


Only a dumb a$$ Republican can turn a phone charging incident into the decline of the country. For real get a life and move to Cambodia.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 23:42 1

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


And yet you guys voted for a president who's not even American.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 08:12 2

15. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


The_Miz is confused.... liberals are..... liberal..... being that they permit more things.... as they are... Liberal..... lol....

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 08:37 2

18. rjbell4 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


That might be true in Europe, but in America that approach is better described as libertarian, not liberal. "Liberal" as applied to politics in the USA has a different, perhaps even counterintuitive, definition. Seehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_liberalism_in_the_United_States.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 16:42 1

45. cnwwyo (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 May 2011)


take a good look at what is happening in liberal europe. does it look like socialistic liberalism is working? lol

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 23:41 3

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


Oh yes, like the democrats "permitting" the T-Mobile/AT&T merger?

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 08:18 2

16. FNugget (unregistered)


But he didn't find drug lords or an armed robbery while patrolling, he found someone doing something illegal. What if one day you went to take a look at your cable connection and find your neighbor put in a splitter and is using yours?
We don't really know the whole story here. Was this outlet right up next to the streets? What does that office building use that outlet for? Did the officer tell Mr. Fawster it was illegal and that he should go somewhere else, but Fawster refused? Is there clear signage that indicates that it was not for public use?
I would have told him to cease/desist and go to the library instead. Then tell him again that I would be required by law to arrest him.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 10:07

28. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


If a neighbor steals you cable, do you know what the cable company does? They disconnect it and warn the neighbor that next time they will call the police. It said nothing about this guy being warned and then arrested. So yeah, I'm with you on the whole go to the library thing, but how heartless have we become that we believe this is punishable by arrest. Did this gentleman do any real damage to that business? I doubt it.

But I agree with top shelf, let's get the whole story before we label this man a criminal. Or before labeling this business a bunch of a**holes.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 16:46 2

47. cnwwyo (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 May 2011)


i'm glad whatever man can logically see that there probly is more to the story than what is being reported.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 16:44 1

46. cnwwyo (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 May 2011)


THANK YOU FNugget. Take note people, this is what a real logical person is and thinks about. This is what our country really needs.

posted on 03 Jul 2011, 08:12

71. FNugget (unregistered)


Take comfort in knowing I'm a government employee.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 23:44

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


Why would you be using cable in the first place? Besides, this isn't about stealing cable. It's about a homeless man trying to charge his phone. Honestly, do democrats change the subject whenever proven wrong?

posted on 03 Jul 2011, 00:41 2

68. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Are all republicans as dim-witted as you? Let's see...Bush, Bachmann, Palin... Never mind, I answered my own question.

posted on 03 Jul 2011, 08:16 1

72. FNugget (unregistered)


I'm using an analogy. Ever heard of them?
Second of all, I never mentioned my political position. Who's changing the subject now, hypocrite?

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 09:04 1

19. topshelf1800 (unregistered)


might want to get the whole story for all we know the business owner wanted to press charges because the guy had been charging his device routinely in the same spot and because of it is scaring away potential business. just a thought, there is probably more to this story than what has been released.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 09:48 1

22. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


only s**t like this happnds in America -_-"

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 10:05 1

26. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Anyone Else think PA posted this just to start a big heated debate?

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 20:11

57. snowgator (Posts: 3200; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Yep. Slow news day, story had a cell phone in it.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 11:22 2

34. RonPemberton (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


It's completely ludicrous! Outlets exposed to the public with no signage - please. I bet while the cop was filling out paperwork for this heinous act; some poor girl was being raped, or someone was being murdered. Not all officers are inbred idiots. but, we really need to develop in society a means to weed out the cretins from wearing badges, and being elected to office.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 16:48 1

48. cnwwyo (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 May 2011)


why don't we weed out the drags on society? 2 cell phones and "homeless"? c'mon. just an example of how hee is being enabled to keep on doing nothing.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 12:13 1

36. Sniggly (Posts: 6837; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And the state strikes again. It's not right vs left; it's the state.

Go ahead, thumb me down. Everyone hates the anarchist.

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 20:13

58. snowgator (Posts: 3200; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Nahhh ... a little anarchy is good. Keeps people on their toes.

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