In London, an iPhone owner charges his phone on a train, gets busted

In London, an iPhone owner charges his phone on a train, gets busted
If you happen to find yourself riding the Overground trains in London, don't attempt to charge your smartphone using an outlet inside the train. You could end up handcuffed and carted off to jail. That is the situation that 45 year-old Robin Lee found himself in over the weekend. Lee either didn't see, or didn't care to see the signs on the trains' outlets stating that they are to be used by cleaning staff only. As a result, he ended up plugging his iPhone into one of these outlets. Many smartphone owners would probably have done the same thing rather than face a few hours of being "disconnected" from the world.

Lee was arrested on Friday for stealing electricity from the train. Considering that the annual cost to charge an iPhone is less than $1.50 USD, this would seem to fall under very petty theft. After being de-arrested, Lee was arrested again for his alleged aggressive behavior toward a police community support officer.

This is the second incident we've seen in the last week regarding an iPhone owner sticking his plug where it didn't belong. You might recall that last week, an audience member climbed onto a Broadway stage to plug his handset into a non-functioning outlet. The outlet was part of the set design for the show "Hand to God." It was later revealed that the culprit was a 19 year-old who was drunk at the time.

If you find yourself constantly looking for an outlet in the middle of the day for your iPhone, there is good news; iOS 9 will deliver an extra hour of battery life once it is installed on your iPhone. The new build of Apple's mobile OS will also come with a Low Power Mode that will add up to three hours of additional battery life to your iPhone by shutting down non-essential features. Hopefully, once iOS 9 is officially released, incidents like these two will disappear for good.

source: Wired via SlashGear



32. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

On the contrary, why don't they put something like the charging booth for cellphones instead? (ยข25/10min)

31. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

I see those sockets on the Overground all the time with a sign that says "not for commercial use". The temptation is there but it's not that great.

35. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Yeah and how much do you wanna bet the arrest went through for being rude to the PCSO? The article paints just enough of a picture to know exactly the type of person he is...

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why is the iPhone battery life so bad? It's only dual core at 1.4ghz, only 750p and 1GB of ram. No full multitasking and no gimmicky features. How is it other phone makers can get a bigger battery in a device of simular demensions? Or are people just using them that much. The S6 Edge has terrible battery life considering i came from a Note 4, but I don't need to scramble for power all the time. I can't imagine being arrested for charging a phone.

27. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

If you cannot charge a phone than why the hell there are outlets provided. In india outlets are provided for charging phones only. :3

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The answer is in the article did you read it? From where I am from there is a lock in all outlets to prevent such incidents. These days people think they have the rights to take what is not theirs. Has our education system failed us?

23. Topcat488

Posts: 1425; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Nobody with a removeable battery smartphones should have to worry about getting arrested. O.o

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple fan are so brain wash that they believe in Apple money making propaganda and even defend it. The joke is on them.

20. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

England is becoming more and pathetic everyday. So he was arrested for stealing less than cent. England here is my question, how do those people feel whom England stole for centuries during their occupation and exploitation of their resources. All I am going to say is scumbags. Stay douchey ( if that's a work) England.

34. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Read the article more thoroughly or see my above comment for the reason for his arrest. Actually looking at the source article one can easily imagine that he was told he could not charge his phone there, ignored the officer because they weren't "real police" (seen this accusation levelled at PCSOs before, probably including swearing) after which the real police were infact called. He got what he deserved for being belligerent, an opinion supported by the fact that his twitter posts and pictures are now taken down.

18. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Well that's one thing we in the US def got right. No1 would get arrested for something like that here

33. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

As the article notes he was de-arrested for the stealing of electricity but re-arrested for being aggressive. Guarantee he was mouthing off to the police-person!

17. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Aren't the trains in London underground?

24. Alan01

Posts: 670; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Not all of them. They do have a subway system which is called the Underground, but they also have above ground trains as well. Regards, Alan F.

16. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Pathetic wallhuggers... .

14. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I thought his name was jakelee

10. gaming64 unregistered

Which is why I NEED YOU APPLE TO IMPROVE BATTERY LIFE IN EVERY iPHONE. How hard is it to add extra juice?

11. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Well, they have to SOMEHOW milk the consumers.

30. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, that battery isn't cheap buddy. You save a couple of pennies here and there and soon you are making millions more because hapless fools think paper thin phones are a benefit.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What's annoying is the constant drive for thinner and thinner phones, when it would be so simple to add a mm or two, and increase battery life. That's directed at all the players, not just Apple.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, there is speculation that the iPhone 6s will be slightly thicker than the iPhone 6. So maybe they're taking the hint.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

iPhone users need to upgrade to the Droid Turbo, it'll get you an extra day and a half charge over the iPhone... even more than that once upgraded to Android M.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

IPhone owners are very affectionate people. They hug walls. That hug stages. They hug trains.

9. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

No love for community support officers though?

6. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Offensive iPhone owners hmm!

3. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Very clever. Just like every iPhone owner.

5. waddup121 unregistered


2. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Portable charging packs are quite useful when you are away from (or can't use) a wall plug. Whenever I go to Chicago for some sightseeing and fun, I always have one with me. They're pretty affordable, too; basic 2200mAh packs cost around $7-$10 depending on where you shop, and those keep you going for a couple of hours. Can't charge up in most public places that I know of (at least downtown), so it's a handy alternative to getting a ticket.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

iPhone dies to quick? Switch to a Huawei Ascend Mate 2 with a 4,000mah battery, or a BLU Studio Energy with a 5,000 mah battery. My Energy last for 30 days of standby No more iPhone woes.

1. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Lmao I know I read it, but who cares, cuh

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