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Someone Charging their Phone Outside my House

So leaving the house this morning, I noticed someone had plugged in their phone to an outside jack to charge.

Took it inside and went through text messages (wasn't locked). Seems like he was talking to his girlfriend and needed a charge at 12:30 am.

Later in the day wife says someone knocked asking if we had seen his phone. She gave the phone to him and asked that he not do that again. Apparently looked liked a street person, possibly having slept in a nearby park.

I'd seen this jack opened before so pretty sure someone had used it before.

Don't think I can turn off the breaker without inpacting other outlets that I need.

Is there anything that I could do to prevent this from happening again?
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Put a lock or something on the outlet? Disconnect it entirely?
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take out the socket and disconnect a wire inside ( breaker must be off) then put socket back in - and switch on breaker , then the outlet will be useless

or put duct tape over as a first instance - if he persists do the above
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Jun 15, 2020
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That's theft. Something similar happened to me, contractors next door kept using my outlet while they worked on the neighbours' house.

But... if that person truly is homeless, and they don't seem dangerous, or drugged out, I'd consider just leaving it. Power cost to charge a phone is next to nothing, but you could really be helping that person out during some hard times. Not saying you need to offer food to them, but sometimes people just need a helping hand during a rough time in life.
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ChrissyN wrote: That's theft. Something similar happened to me, contractors next door kept using my outlet while they worked on the neighbours' house.

But... if that person truly is homeless, and they don't seem dangerous, or drugged out, I'd consider just leaving it. Power cost to charge a phone is next to nothing, but you could really be helping that person out during some hard times. Not saying you need to offer food to them, but sometimes people just need a helping hand during a rough time in life.
I agree, it is technically theft, and you can buy something to lock it, but if the guy is desperate enough to use a charger on someone else's lawn at 12:30am, there's a very good chance he doesn't have any other choice. You never know, one day you could be one that desperate.

It really cost you nearly nothing to charge. Assuming a charger uses the full 18w, it will charge the battery easily in under 3 hours. According to https://www.rapidtables.com/calc/electr ... lator.html at 0.12c/kWh, it will cost you $0.00648 per full charge. You could go invest $30 + $10 into a lock + labour, but it will take you a long time to recuperate the costs.

On the other hand, if they were doing something like what they were doing to ChrissyN's outlet, like using a high drain power tool, that's likely to cost way more and worth investing in a lock.
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ChrissyN wrote: But... if that person truly is homeless, and they don't seem dangerous, or drugged out, I'd consider just leaving it. Power cost to charge a phone is next to nothing, but you could really be helping that person out during some hard times. Not saying you need to offer food to them, but sometimes people just need a helping hand during a rough time in life.
This.

It's technically theft, sure, but it costs like 50 cents annually to charge a phone every day for a year.
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I wouldn’t do too much, I mean he was warned and hopefully he doesn’t swing by again to charge his phone.

But if he does come around often, then I would definitely lock it.

I really wouldn’t want someone creeping around the house past midnight often. Especially if you have young children in the household.

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I would disconnect it. Why give him or others that he may mention it to, a reason to swing by your house and look through your windows while charging their phone? Look after your family and your home.
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Can't these homeless people charge their phones inside a Tim Horton's or at a community center or a library... oh right, Covid-19!
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During covid-19 theres a lack of places for homeless people to charge their phones...

They used to just have a coffee to warm up and charge their phone @ a fast food restaurant. But thats not allowed. No dine in... no where to pee, no where to charge their phone.
Think of it this way... perhaps their social worker wanted to call them about a full time job opportunity. But their phone is dead...
Hey they got a interview! Shoot... no tim hortons sink to wash their shirt...

To OP. I saw these cell phone battery chargers @ dollarama. $4 ... and it help me charge my cell phone to 60% from empty. Not bad.
If i etransfer you a $10. Would you buy one, charge it, and leave it for him?
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UrbanPoet wrote: During covid-19 theres a lack of places for homeless people to charge their phones...

They used to just have a coffee to warm up and charge their phone @ a fast food restaurant. But thats not allowed. No dine in... no where to pee, no where to charge their phone.
Think of it this way... perhaps their social worker wanted to call them about a full time job opportunity. But their phone is dead...
Hey they got a interview! Shoot... no tim hortons sink to wash their shirt...

To OP. I saw these cell phone battery chargers @ dollarama. $4 ... and it help me charge my cell phone to 60% from empty. Not bad.
If i etransfer you a $10. Would you buy one, charge it, and leave it for him?
I don't think it's about the money, but more along the lines of having a random person hanging out on your property.
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FreshCo wrote: I don't think it's about the money, but more along the lines of having a random person hanging out on your property.
Agree , and if he is a user he could be ok one day and another day "unpredictable"
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He is homeless, BUT he has a phone... and a girlfriend?

Damn, that guy is doing better than many people I know with jobs !!!!

LOL
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He seems to be a nice enough person if it doesn’t bother him to leave his mobile phone around unattended.
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aahh...you guys are nice, I bring my laptop cellphone portable battery ..... charge everything....Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
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Better then waking up and finding a Tesla on your front lawn charging from your outlet....
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Just shut off the breaker for a week. If they come back in that week they will think it's broke

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