Homeowner Phil Fraumeni of Lake Worth, Florida, says he woke up to his landscaper’ knocks on the door: he had come to mow the lawn and wanted Phil to remove the car parked on it. Phil tells WPBF that he told the landscaper that his car was parked in the driveway and he didn’t have a second one.
The landscaper wanted to prove him wrong, so he showed him a Tesla Model 3 parked on the lawn. Through an extension chord, it was plugged into a socket on the side of the house and it was charging. Amused, Phil told him that it wasn’t his vehicle and he called the police, while texting his wife, who was out of town, a photo of the car.
Funny note: the wife thought Phil was surprising her with a brand new car, a Tesla to boot.
When police came, they were able to track down the owner of the car. At first, they thought the Model 3 had been stolen, but a man and woman showed up and told them they had ran out of battery while driving through the neighborhood to visit a friend, so they plugged it into the first electric outlet they saw.
The cops informed the man that it was illegal to steal electricity and trespass on people’s property, but they allowed him to take the car and be on his way without charges. Phil decided not to press any.
“From what the boy said from midnight the night before, so 12 hours it was charging,” he says for the media outlet. 12 hours’ worth of electricity means about $2.5, so he didn’t see the point of putting the “boy” through all that trouble for so little money.