Inmates steal computer mice in order to charge their cell phones

Inmates steal computer mice in order to charge their cell phones
By now, we all know some of the great lengths that convicted inmates will go through in order to smuggle in cell phones into prisons, but now it appears that officials from a Scottish prison have another problem at hand.

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

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

For real..I'm very confused. So I can charge my phone by plugging my mouse into my ps3?

3. MobileApp unregistered

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

Strip the USB cord down, match it up to the pinouts on the phone. Bam!

5. heyitzme

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

Sounds like a fire hazard :P

6. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

I wanna go to that prison.

7. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

And you know where they are hiding them to sneak them out right. So they probably won't be stealing the keyboards.

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