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A Metallica-loving ICE-hole forgets car in Toronto, blocking EV charging for 4+ days

; Date: July 21, 2017

Tags: Electric Vehicle Charging »»»» Charging Station Etiquette

This feel-good story about a guy finding his car after he forgot which parking lot he'd parked in has a dark side. His car was blocking an electric vehicle charging station for 4+ days. The news article doesn't talk about this, and the parking lot owner did nothing about this. The parking lot owner should have seen this gasoline car parked at the EV charging station and had it towed.

The (www.cbc.ca) story is that a 20-ish guy from Syracuse NY had traveled to Toronto for a Metallica concert. He parked his car in a parking garage, and upon emerging from the concert couldn't remember where he'd parked. Sigh. After giving up on finding the car, he took the bus home, then got on Craigslist to ask for help locating his car. Several days later someone found it, he returned to Toronto, was met by the Press Corps who reported on his story, the parking garage owner forgave him the parking fee's, and everyone is happy ... right?

Not so fast. The picture above makes it clear this guy isn't just some random bloke who forgot where he left his car. He's someone who flouted charging station etiquette.

Charging stations are a scarce resource and it is extremely important for electric car owners to have easy access. This charging station was blocked by this dude's car for at least four days.

It's bad enough he blocked the station during the Metallica concert. That he then proved his incompetence and FORGOT where he put his car -- talk about IRRESPONSIBILITY -- also means he blocked the charging station for four days.

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David Herron : David Herron is a writer and software engineer focusing on the wise use of technology. He is especially interested in clean energy technologies like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. David worked for nearly 30 years in Silicon Valley on software ranging from electronic mail systems, to video streaming, to the Java programming language, and has published several books on Node.js programming and electric vehicles.
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