Homeless man busted for using public outlet to recharge cell phones

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



1. Coolaaron88

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 20, 2011

I think this is BS

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.

24. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

2. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

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

3. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 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

4. Phonecall01 unregistered


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

10. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

67. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

13. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

73. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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....

43. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 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.

49. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

reading your comment just made me laugh super hard

25. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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?

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

38. mfrapp20

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 07, 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

23. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

33. ihatelie unregistered

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

60. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 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.

6. GOT HOME unregistered

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The article states he was RELEASED....

7. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

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.

55. Nick unregistered

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

8. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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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