Sometimes when new technology enters into the public realm it faces legal challenges that weren't imagined before the technology existed. Can you wear
Google Glass, if they're off, while you're driving
? Who will be liable when a driverless car crashes? And, in Georgia, is it legal to draw electricity from a public school for your electric car?
One man in Chamblee, Georgia quickly found out that the answer to that last question is, apparently, no.
The local NBC affiliate in Atlanta reports today
that Kaveh Kamooneh was recently charged for theft after he reportedly charged his Nissan Leaf for 20 minutes in an open electrical socket outside his son's public middle school while his son was playing tennis. The electricity, worth an estimated 5 cents, cost Kamooneh 15 hours in jail.
"I'm not sure how much electricity he stole," Chamblee police Sergeant Ernesto Ford told NBC Channel 11
. "He broke the law. He stole something that wasn't his."
Harsh. (I'll definitely think twice before plugging in anything in public.)
For now, you can stay out of jail by checking this site
to find the nearest public EV charging station.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com