iPhonian Arrested For ‘Abstracting Electricity’ On Train


It’s 3.30pm. Robin Lee owns an iPhone. And there’s a plug socket before his very eyes.

What does he do????

Following on from the news that an iPhonian was recently found to be that much of an iDiot that he climbed up on stage and plugged his precious into a fake plug socket on the set, comes this gem from the London Evening Standard of another iDiot who thinks that since Apple own him they must own everyone, and everything, else in the world too.

Artist Robin Lee was on a London Overground train faced with a dilemma. His iPhone was begging him for power. Any power. And, as we know, iPhonians are like Robocop when it comes to an enclosed space. They’ll have that sucker scanned and the lightning cable out in seconds before panic sets in and another iPhonian gets it.

It’s the Apple way…

But the socket is marked ‘Cleaners Only’! Does this put Robin off? Of course not! He owns an Apple product! The world is his oyster and all must bow down before him. So he plugs the desperate little fella in and the relief from the iPhone is palpable as it’s pathetic little battery receives some much needed respite.

But, what’s this? A Police Officer on the train spots this and points out to Robin that he is now stealing electricity! Being an iDiot does he politely apologise, wrap up his cable and sit quietly waiting for the next enclosed space for him to scan?

Or does owning an iPhone give him such a sense of entitlement that he feels he should be able to take electricity whenever and from where ever he likes?


Robin Lee was handcuffed and put into a police van after using the power socket on a train from Hackney Wick to Camden Road on Friday, July 10.

The 45-year-old, who lives in Islington, said the whole episode was “ridiculous” and was first confronted on the train by a police community support officer who said he was taking the electricity illegally.

He was arrested on the platform after getting off at Camden Road.

“She said I’m abstracting electricity,” he said.

“She kept saying it’s a crime.

“We were just coming into the station, and there happened to be about four police officers on the platform.

“She called to them and said ‘This guy’s been abstracting electricity, he needs to be arrested’.”

Mr Lee says he tried to push past the officers but was handcuffed on the platform, taken down the stairs and put into a van.

He was taken to the British Transport Police (BTP) base in Caledonian Road, Islington, before he was de-arrested.

“I was just incredulous,” he said.

“It was an overzealous community support officer.

“They should never have arrested me, they knew it was ridiculous. The whole thing was just ridiculous.”

A BTP spokesman said: “We were called to Camden Road London Overground station on Friday, July 10, to a report of a man becoming aggressive when challenged by a PCSO about his use of a plug socket on board an Overground train.

“Shortly after 3.30pm, a 45-year-old man from Islington was arrested on suspicion of abstracting electricity, for which he was de-arrested shortly after.

“He was further arrested for unacceptable behaviour and has been reported for this offence.”

The spokesman added they will review the behaviour before passing the details to the Crown Prosecution Service who will decide whether any charges should be brought against Mr Lee.

A Transport for London spokeswoman said on board London Overground trains, signs near the plug points state they are for “cleaners use only and not for public use”.

Robin is absolutely right.

The whole situation is absolutely ridiculous.

If he owned a BlackBerry the whole thing need never have happened.


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