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Where I work, we have blink stations that are setup to be free. You have to get a blink card from management. There are 4 chargers and 5 spots labeled EV. The idea is that someone waiting on a charger parks on the 5th spot and when a charger is free, you trade spots with the charged car.

There is a self entitled poop head (trying to stay PG) that parks in the 5th spot and will take the plug from the adjacent. Since he drives a leaf, it will reach.

Each time he does it, he always claims that someone else did it. Yeah right. Well, I caught him with my dash cam and he said he diddnt care, he drives a leaf and thus needs the charge more than a Volt. Even made a snide comment about that Volt owners aren't true EV and their owners are gasholes.

I've thought about parking so that both the 4th spot and 5th are taken so he can't do it. Also thought about trying to make a locking J1772 but that seems like a bad idea. Not too worried about vandalism, I've got nearly 360 degree cam coverage.

I told him that when I'm done, ill gladly swap spots but he claims to be too busy to do that.

He also refuses to charge at home so the company pays for all of his power.

I've tried the adult path, it seems like childish may be all he knows. I'm not the only person that he does this to, I'm just the first person who's decided to do something about it.
 

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report him to management, if that does not work then have your car alert you when it is unplugged and remedy the situation
 

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Where I work, we have blink stations that are setup to be free. You have to get a blink card from management. There are 4 chargers and 5 spots labeled EV. The idea is that someone waiting on a charger parks on the 5th spot and when a charger is free, you trade spots with the charged car.

There is a self entitled poop head (trying to stay PG) that parks in the 5th spot and will take the plug from the adjacent. Since he drives a leaf, it will reach.

Each time he does it, he always claims that someone else did it. Yeah right. Well, I caught him with my dash cam and he said he diddnt care, he drives a leaf and thus needs the charge more than a Volt. Even made a snide comment about that Volt owners aren't true EV and their owners are gasholes.

I've thought about parking so that both the 4th spot and 5th are taken so he can't do it. Also thought about trying to make a locking J1772 but that seems like a bad idea. Not too worried about vandalism, I've got nearly 360 degree cam coverage.

I told him that when I'm done, ill gladly swap spots but he claims to be too busy to do that.

He also refuses to charge at home so the company pays for all of his power.

I've tried the adult path, it seems like childish may be all he knows. I'm not the only person that he does this to, I'm just the first person who's decided to do something about it.
Agree, report him to management. Bet he's not a favorite employee, just a hunch. Sociopathic tendencies usually manifest themselves in many areas.

If no effect, you need to wear him out. Unplug him shortly after he steals a plug, every time. Make it not worth his time to be a jerk.

If no effect, always unplug him, whether he was being honest or not. Hang up the J1772. This is 'Trumping' him. Punish him whether or not he's done anything.
 

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Turn on your OnStar unplug alerts and when you get one, go out and unplug him immediately and plug yourself back in.

Then claim someone else did it.
 

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You can also lock the charge cord to your wheel with a padlock.Make a loop, pass it behind one spoke of the wheel, insert the handle end through the loop and padlock the junction. Add a note with you number to call to remove the lock, move the car.

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More locking ideas in the FAQ: http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?7958-Portable-110V-cord-anti-theft-device
I have, in the past where theft of the entire EVSE was a concern, actually looped the cord around the steering wheel and closed the door on it (the door seal is flexible enough on the small stock EVSE cord to make this work), but I do like your idea better.
 

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Sounds like you've explored all diplomatic options, but the guy is simply an a-hole. I'd inform management of the issue, and if he still acts like an entitled a-hole, take measure to make it so stealing the plug is impossible.

I would try something that would physically make it impossible for him to steal the plug and plug himself in (maybe park on the cord so it can't be stretched over to another spot). There are extension cord covers that could be used for the charging cord wire too.

It's a-holes like the above-described Leaf owner that give the rest of EV owners a bad name. He's a classic #EVHOLE.
 

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Report him to management (with appropriate video evidence) first. Going to his level will get y'all banned.

Personally, I'd hack the card system and turn him off. I'm not a physical person unless ya get my back up.
 

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Since his access is card-controlled, it would be easy for the administrator to cut him off. That is your best bet and will be far more effective than anything you can do yourself. To get that to happen, it will help to be completely innocent in the feud. Don't unplug him or do any other things to hassle him until you pursue that angle. When they ask him for his side of the story, hopefully he won't be able to claim you did anything wrong.

If this doesn't eventually work out the way you want, just remember that this is the reality with public charging. It's not a guarantee. There is often someone who will ice the spot, the EVSE is broken, too many people competing for charge, etc. Be thankful you have a Volt and it is never a critical problem for you.
 

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You can try to lock the cord but I would not try to be a PIA to management. They are probably getting an earful from pickup truck drivers wanting free gas.
Sadly this is the demise of free charging.
In the future parking spots are assigned and you pay for electricity. The IRS is already sniffing out this untaxed benefit.
 

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I'm going to approach this topic from a former Law Enforcement background.

First lets establish a few facts.
1) Yes this is dickish behavior and needs to be curbed

2) Since you have a Volt you are not especially harmed. If this escalates that IS going to be taken into account, fair or not, so the OP has to be careful.

3) This is exactly the sort of thing that gets blown up over pocket change to the point that people vandalize and do other extreme things because ego gets involved. Don't go there.

So what should you do?

1) Document everything in a notebook (facts only). Record each date/time that your car gets unplugged. Record if his car was present and if it is plugged in using the outlet you were using.

2) Record the events on your dash cam. Don't confront the guy directly, just save the evidence.

3) Present the evidence to your Human Resources department (note in your log that you did so, who you talked to, what their response was))

4) Follow up with HR. Don't just let it get swept under the rug. (note in your log every time you follow up. Who you talked to, what their response was)

Of course you could also just go to management and ask them to initiate a minor fee (say $0.50) to charge because then if someone takes the plug it's an actual crime (petty theft).
 

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I'd still just use my approach...when OnStar notifies me the car was unplugged, I'd just quietly go out, unplug him, and plug mine right back in again.

I'm a huge fan of passive aggressiveness. No drama this way either, use his own excuse back at him - someone else did it.

But yes, it can be a slippery slope. Piss off the wrong person in management next thing you know someone's turned off the breakers for all the chargers. Then again, that'll effect him FAR more than you so he'd be left picking up the pieces while you just drive home on gas, but perhaps when he comes back to you and cries about you unplugging him (as he'll surely figure it out quickly) you should put that thought into his head that finding a reasonable solution to the problem is also in HIS best interest...far more than yours, actually.
 

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I'm a huge fan of passive aggressiveness. No drama this way either
That's not actually true. Lots of drama, just hidden....until someone pops due to the underground war of ego. Seen it many times unfortunately.
 

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That's not actually true. Lots of drama, just hidden....until someone pops due to the underground war of ego. Seen it many times unfortunately.
My suggested tactic is pretty tame in the grand scheme of passive aggressiveness.

It beats rushing to HR and lodging formal complaints etc., in my opinion. That has all sorts of ways of blowing up in one face, using my earlier suggestion as an example, and next thing you know nobody has a charger.

Remember, the 99.99% Non EV owners will find this argument petty and stupid. All it takes is for somewhere in the right position of power who is a EV hater for things to go horribly awry.

This really is something that needs to be settled like grownups amongst two people, leave the employer and everything out of it until all other avenues of resolution are exhausted.
 

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You might try locking the charging cord to your left front wheel with a bicycle-type padlock.
 

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My suggested tactic is pretty tame in the grand scheme of passive aggressiveness.
I'm just saying that from an LE point of view a "passive aggressive" response is not de-escalation. If it festers and someone pops, the cops are going to say both parties were responsible for the escalation.

Would it go that way? Unlikely... except as I say I've seen this sort of thing go from annoyance to vandalism to violence in an astoundingly short time because of the way this sort of thing feeds on itself and I've seen it over the STUPIDEST stuff like parking spaces, orders at a fast food counter, the last $2.00 special flashlight at the checkout (or maybe a Buck's worth of electricity)
 

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Definitely turn ON you charge theft alert as one approach.

However, this type of situation (especially if it escalates) is one reason my company has been loathe to install chargers (there are other reasons, but this was added to the mix).

I would handle very delicately so your management doesn't make some rash decision to get rid of the chargers altogether to avoid workplace strife.
 

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This is a perfect illustration of why free public charging will not work as we move into the future where there are more and more EVs daily, and the EV community can not stay a close-knit cooperative club. If he had to pay for each kW like he does at home, he would probably charge there instead, where it is more convenient. Even though the actual value of the electricity is mere pocket change per day, the fact that he is getting something for *free* that he does not want to lose is a major reason he is acting this way. Anyone in advertising knows that the word "free" is a powerful and magic word.

By the same token, think about the value of your own time and effort that you have already invested in solving this problem, vs. the increased cost to you (in gasoline) of just giving up. It may be that the real win here is to walk away.

You may be morally right and he may "deserve" to be put in his place, but you can't realistically cure every jerk in the world.

Or maybe you can use one of the EVSEs that does not reach the extra parking space, so he will unplug someone else.

I also agree with the earlier comment that this guy might not work there much longer, so waiting may solve the problem, too.
 

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Dutch speaks wisdom and sanity. Listen to Dutch.
 

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I think we're narrowing in on the real problem here. Someone has appointed himself as the social police. What label do these people often get in your law enforcement experience? Vigilante?
Just your modern day Socialist (I mean progressive), that believes he must enforce his self-entitled beliefs on everyone else.

Since you've already tried the mature adult route and failed, if this matters to you then present it to HR, and they can decide whether to still grant him the PRIVILEGE or not. I charge at home outside, and my EVSE has a hole for padlock, which I use to prevent theft/tampering. I would still go the HR route first though.
 
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