Garcetti to Metro Staff: Stop Having Riders Arrested for Charging Their Cell Phones at Platform Outlets


It’s good to be the mayor—and the Metro chair.

Eric Garcetti responded today to a KPCC report claiming that three people have been arrested for charging their cells in Metro stations this year. (Surprise, that’s illegal!)

Metro Spokesman Paul Gonzales has argued that riders who use Metro outlets are in effect stealing electricity, to which the mayor responded, “Grow up.” We kid, we kid, but he was probably thinking as much when he released a statement saying, “This is simply common sense. I want our law enforcement resources directed toward serious crime, not cell phone charging.”

Moving forward, riders will be able to charge their phones without the fear of jail time—as long as doing so doesn’t interfere with Metro operations.