Inmates steal computer mice in order to charge their cell phones
Suddenly, computer mice from the prison's classrooms have been going missing with no indication as to where they went. However, they eventually figured out that inmates have been using them to charge their illegally smuggled cell phones. In fact, they figured that they can plug in the mouse's USB cable to the PlayStation gaming console present at the prison – thus enabling them to charge their goodies.
Strange as it may be, but it's almost surprising in itself to find a prison offering inmates the pleasures of a gaming console. Still, prison officials have enacted a strict rule that no one is allowed to leave the classrooms unless every mouse is handed back. Next stop, possibly keyboards?
source: Daily Record via Textually
1. downphoenix posted on 17 Jan 2011, 16:31 2
I dont get it, how is a mouse that can plug into a Playstation system gonna allow them to charge their cell phones? And why do they have cell phones in the first place?
2. heyitzme posted on 17 Jan 2011, 16:38 1
For real..I'm very confused. So I can charge my phone by plugging my mouse into my ps3?
3. MobileApp (unregistered) posted on 17 Jan 2011, 16:41 0
Have you ever been to jail? You can get anything on the inside that you can on the outside with connections, money, or a loose bottom end. When all you have to do with your spare time is to think you can figure just about anything out. Like how to charge a cell phone with a mouse through a playstation.
4. Rozzle Wazzle (unregistered) posted on 17 Jan 2011, 16:45 3
Strip the USB cord down, match it up to the pinouts on the phone. Bam!
7. Pings posted on 17 Jan 2011, 17:39 0
I'm a IT free staff for CA state prisons. The will use any wire not just mouse cables. Not only to charge cell phones but also use them to light small fires for smoking. Even if there was not a PlayStation they still could use the wires.
Downphoenix: They will cut the mouse off and strip the inner wires. Then they will hook those wires directly up to the battery it self. That's how they charge it. They can do this with or with out the USB end and or the PlayStation. By stripping the wires at the other end and plugging that into the wall. They get cellphones from family visits, free staff, but mostly C.O.'s. I've seen quite a few CO's get busted with cell phones. The inmates will hide them, or put them up where the sun doesn't shine for as long as they can hide them. Last Thursday a inmate in Wasco State Prison told me that the price of cell phones went up to 2000 bucks each.
8. Sam From Wisconsin (unregistered) posted on 17 Jan 2011, 19:11 2
And you know where they are hiding them to sneak them out right. So they probably won't be stealing the keyboards.