That is crazy if you stole that much electricity in US it's hard to tell what you would get. It's technically a felony just from stolen electricity in value pretty quickly. We have meters that are pretty smart lately. Now they are using digital some cities send out the info of meter. I'm far enough away though they come and read my meter once a month.
I can't imagine getting away with just a fine. Definitely different cultures, which is part of what makes the board so intersting.
Pretty draconian laws there, but yea, this kind of collectivist theft is annoying me too.
They do the same for water, heating, and property taxes here, and the fine for each one is about the same. Even the 3 month jail sentence is rarely given, and only to industrial thiefs who like connect their factory to the power line and cheat, but I guess they sometimes get away with that too.
The funny thing is that there werent any inspectors even in the past 20 years, they only reintroduced them a few months ago.
The problem is that for honest people like me, they put 100 taxes on electricity, yes its relatively cheap to international levels, but as in my income/electricity cost ratio, its pretty high, and it sucks.
Its not that electricity is not subsidized here, its taxed 1000 times. Starting from EU taxes to green taxes , VAT, and other bullshit (just to cover the cost of these thiefs).
I have no chance of mining here profitably.