In San Francisco, I spotted a homeless guy who spliced into conductors through a hand hole on a street light pole like this. He stripped back the insulation, wrapped them around the terminals of a receptical, even taped it back up. Then plugged his hot plate into it for a curb side kitchen. He says that he pushes it back and closes the cover when he's done with it, so no one will see it, or get hurt. I went over a few things about the lack of circuit breakers or fuses, and what could happen. That it would go off like a grenade. ( The lights are tapped from the utility feeders over-head, then pole to pole under-ground. I actually don't know if they're fused or not. ) I told him about a box I was closing once when a kerny pushed through the tape, and blew a three inch hole through the cover. I hope it freaked him out a bit. And, I got the city to pull his plug a few days later. I did think it was a pretty bold move though. A hot plate in a shopping cart hooked up to a light pole.... I've noticed a lot of power theft line of discussion lately in the posts, and figured I should add this one in.
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason