It appears that the insatiable demands of cell phone batteries have claimed another victim. Recently, we saw a Florida lawyer arrested for charging his cellphone in a neighbor’s motor home. Now, in Maine, Shaun Fawster, 23, a homeless man has been arrested because a Bangor police officer spotted him using an outside outlet to charge his phones.
Fawster was charged last weekend with theft of services, as well as carrying a concealed weapon. The concealed weapon was a folding knife found after his arrest.
Since the costs of the charge was pennies, it is hard to see how this arrest served justice. Without knowing the size of the folding knife, I will not question that charge beyond noting that it is also a misdemeanor. I fail to see why this is not a matter that could not be handled with a warning on the charging offense. We have a burgeoning homeless population facing some pretty dire conditions. A small degree of discretion would not appear out of order.