Source: NBC News
quote: I don't see how government can justify wasting tax money and time of policemen, DA etc. on something as trivial as "theft of $0.05 worth of electricity" while other (more serious) crimes go unsolved.
quote: It's just a personal gripe of mine that the local courts are locked even over the weekend and after school is out of session.
quote: He just has the typical attitude of the tree hugging hippy, who doesn't feel he will EVER do anything wrong, and doesn't understand why the people he considers beneath him won't see HIS point of view.
quote: Why is taking electricity that you have not been given permission to take not theft?
quote: Where's the line for you? Electricity's clearly fine to steal, in your eyes. Or "take" because you already "paid" for it.
quote: Schools usually don't open their facilities after hours for public use for insurance and liability reasons - they don't want to be sued for allowing you to use the facilities without supervision and they (we) don't pay their staff to supervise anybody but students particularly after hours.
quote: Punishment fit the crime? Sure, go to a store and steal a candy bar - you will be arrested for shoplifting. Go tyo a store and steal a $10,000 Rolex watch- it is still shoplifting.
quote: The only crime I see in this story is this officer breaking and entering without a warrant.
quote: Sgt Ford signed a theft warrant.
quote: Theft is theft regardless if it is theft against a person of it is theft against the public.
quote: But from what I understand this guy has a history of abusing the school's property and he has been warned in the past.
quote: Mr. Kamooneh's son is not a student at the middle school and he was not the one playing tennis. Mr. Kamooneh was taking lessons himself.
quote: His taxes pays for those facilities and electricity, so really why can't he.
quote: where the vehicles are used for state business, are commute vehicles, or where the vehicles are at the state location for the purpose of conducting business with the state.
quote: What misunderstanding? The criminal CLEARLY knew that he DID NOT ask and the school CLEARLY knew that he DID NOT ask. Seems cut and dry to me. So the school has to post a sign which says "DON'T STEAL FROM US" otherwise idiots will assume it's OK to steal from them?
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quote: He was already using the facilities, so it seems like a reasonable assumption that most publicly-accessible portions of said facilities would be available for use.
quote: If someone just walked up to your property and started using your outside receptacle, you would call the cops too!
quote: Of course I agree that theft is theft