Homeless man charges his phone in the park and gets busted
posted by Alan F. / Nov 16, 2012, 7:49 AM
While it is not known what model phone Kersey has, it only takes all of 41 cents in electricity to charge an Apple iPhone for a year. It costs many times that figure to house a man in jail for a night and prosecute him. While that makes all the sense in the world, the judge threw out the case on Monday morning for a different reason saying that the office had no justification to make the arrest in the first place.
By Monday morning, there were eight homeless people in the park, including two who were charging their phones in the same location where Kersey was arrested. We guess that John Lennon had it right when he sang "Power to the People".
source: HeraldTribune via Gizmodo
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Where exactly do homeless people come from? Are they people who lost their jobs, money, house and everything they own?
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 8:07 AM 8
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yes they have lost everything they own, the situation in america pretty much sucks. i see people everyday without homes, i myself almost was at one point because my dad was out of a job for 2 months
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 8:19 AM 10
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Since it takes all of .41¢ to charge an iPhone for a whole year, my guess is they become homeless after having to pay their exorbitant iPhone bills for actual service. In a way I don't blame the officer. Think about it, with all those people who have iPhones: if they all charged their iPhones in city parks it would completely bankrupt local municipalities.
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 8:48 AM 3
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do you realize how many people would have to charge their phones to put the city out of business? You'd need thousands of outlets.. lol How about the city put in phone charging stations like many airports have.. and say.. the Mayor skip ONE meal at his/her fancy restaurants. That alone would pay for phone charging for many many people for a long time. You also can't really bag on people who hang onto their phones either when they become homeless. The are regular people like us who have had a string of bad luck as is often the case lately. In losing most everything, that may be their only way to keep in touch with friends and family.. The arresting officer should be ashamed for himself for making an arrest for this. perhaps a small citation.. but an arrest? That's ridiculous.
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 9:42 AM 7
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It's not that simple. If you let one go you have to let them all go, you can't pick favorites if you do that kind of work, have to try to be fair with everyone. I deal with this kind of situation everyday at work, if you give special treatment to one customer, you better be ready to do them same with every single one of them, if you care about fairness at all of course, most people say they do but really do not.
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 12:19 PM 2
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well my thing is what if this was the officer & there were no outlets around & he needed to charge his phone...would he have used a city outlet. what if it was an non-work related emergency. we all know he would have used it if he had no other option...so to make an arrest b/c it was someone else isn't really the definition of fairness. the man had no other reasonable option & he just wanted to charge his phone. just shows how cold-hearted people can be to strangers.
posted on Nov 19, 2012, 8:56 PM 0
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That's total bulls**t! If they can't charge there phones there then there's no point in having an outlet there! Like 5 people charging there phone every year is gonna ruin our country! Government ever heard of helping the people instead of taking away there right to charge there phone?
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 3:30 PM 6
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here in Brazil they come from other homeless people who breed
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 9:46 AM 3
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And as a Brazilian by birth, I say that you should be ashamed of having said such an ignorant thing. Animals breed, not people. As a kid I remember seeing poor homeless kids, as young as two freezing in the streets. Shame on you,man.
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 1:23 PM 3
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We are animals as well or have you forgottern the evolution of H.sapiens. Sex is a part of breeding. Unless you have forgotten because we climbed to the top of the food chain. Nothing can hurts with our instruments of destruction and we H.sapiens have destroyed other floa, fauna, and hominid groups,
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 5:48 PM 1
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They're human beings, just like myself and, presumably, you. Have some compassion. You never know when it may be your turn. Yes, they can be put to work and earn their keep, but to say they must be locked up and essentially enslaved and that they're an eyesore is an unkindness and very narrow-minded.
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 3:49 PM 3
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Drugs, drinking problems, they lose their jobs, homes, friends, families, etc etc. Honestly most homeless person are homeless because they are addicts and it's very sad.
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 10:19 PM 0
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Not true, kid get your facts correct; you have better stick with mobile phones and let the adult handle adults problems. The biggest causes of homelessness are: Lack of affordable housing; Unemployment; and poverty. Yes, for some it is substance abuse, as well as mental illness. You also encounter a spike after military personnel come back from a war, for abivious reasons.
posted on Nov 17, 2012, 9:52 AM 0
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Anthony Frangioni should leave the man alone! He's just charging a phone...If you want to make some contributions to the bad economy, make a start from your home, not with the power you have when you work. J€RK!!
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 8:11 AM 7
I hate cops because of big bully cops like him
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 10:36 AM 4
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you're homeless, you're not supposed to be able to afford a phone right?
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 8:12 AM 5
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School is now in session.. Homeless = Not having a home This does not mean you don't own a car.. or have a job, or a few other necessities. This does mean that you don't have a HOME for whatever reason. Now you could argue that keeping a smart phone isn't the smartest thing when trying to get back on your feet.. but the article also doesn't say that the guy was charging his iPhone or GSIII.. he could very well have been charging a pay as you go dumb phone from walmart.
posted on Nov 16, 2012, 10:46 AM 9
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