LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Eric Garcetti instructed Metro officials Tuesday to allow bus and rail riders to use electrical outlets at bus and trains stations to charge their phones after reports of people being arrested for the practice.
Three people were arrested at Metro stations this year after using the outlets to charge their phones, Metro officials said.READ MORE: Court Documents Show Woman Suspected In Deaths Of Children Was Involved In Custody Battle
While the three people were stopped for electricity theft, they were eventually booked on warrants for other crimes, Metro spokesman Marc Littman said.
Garcetti, who chairs the Metro board, said he directed Metro staffers to “end the practice” of arresting people for using the outlets to charge their phones – unless it disrupts Metro’s maintenance work.READ MORE: Group Gathers In South LA To Protest Deadly Minnesota Shooting Of Daunte Wright
“This is simply common sense,” he said. “I want our law enforcement resources directed toward serious crime, not cell phone charging.”
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