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15 amp outlets removed due to cell phones #220499 02/14/20 12:38 AM
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I don't know if anyone else has noticed this but I have started to see in public places the 5-15R outlets that housekeeping would use in the hallways being either replaced with locking covers (downtown library) or L5-15R receptacles (our NHL Arena).

Winnipeg has a skywalk system downtown and I am guessing that the Library and Arena sections of the skywalk are taking steps to keep people from sitting in the walkways to recharge their cell phones, laptops etc.

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Re: 15 amp outlets removed due to cell phones [Re: mbhydro] #220504 02/20/20 08:23 PM
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I haven't noticed that yet but we've blanked them off in an apartment complex in the hallways because people were getting their power shut off for non payment then running extension cords out into the hallway for free power.

Re: 15 amp outlets removed due to cell phones [Re: mbhydro] #220510 02/26/20 03:31 PM
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Common area receptacles in multi family resi are abused by the residents constantly. The Fire Marshals and Health guys find extension cords when they walk thru. Commercial buildings are just the occasional phone charger.


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Re: 15 amp outlets removed due to cell phones [Re: mbhydro] #220554 03/23/20 06:59 PM
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In our downtown area a few years ago, the perimeter fence for a cell site was cut, and homeless folk were plugging phones into the HVAC service outlet on the outside of the building. Then an extension cord appeared and electric heaters were attempted as someone tried to build a camp along the fence.. They blew the breaker and that ended all the fun. That area was cleared of brush and is being gentrified, booting out the homeless camps.


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