MERCED -- All Mark Bush wanted to do was plug his electric car in at the Merced County Jail and juvenile hall where he works as a contract nurse.
Little did Bush know that a three-pronged plug and an electric car would be at fault for the loss of half his income.
Not only did both departments tell Bush recently that he can't plug his homemade electric car in at work, but now the probation department has barred him from working at the Iris Garrett Juvenile Justice Correctional Complex where he used to work 16 hours a week.
"I am being punished for making so much noise about it. I'm sure about that," said Bush. "They have not given me a reason yet for not allowing me on that premises."
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The probation department said Friday that Bush was reassigned because he didn't follow orders not to park his car in a secure lot.
After recent media coverage about Bush's inability to plug in at work, he was told last week that he'd not be allowed inside the juvenile facility, he said.
"It's not about a parking spot for me, it's more about people coming to terms with the fact the we are going to have to deal with alternative energy vehicles," said Bush.
Bush started building his $20,000 electric car in his Delhi garage in 2008 because he was fed up with the environmental damage caused by gas-powered automobiles. He also didn't want to pay for gas anymore.
Bush's plan was to drive the 56 miles to work and back each day, charging his batteries during his shift.
His car draws a relatively small amount of electricity, so he didn't think it would be a problem. But when he plugged his car in at the county's juvenile facility, he was told he couldn't charge the vehicle or park where he had parked. They did not give him a reason at the time.
Last week, the department said their reasoning for denying him access to a plug was because they needed it for their cart. They also said it would be wrong to allow Bush to use public funds to pay for the electricity.
He was able to charge up at the nearby John Latorraca Correctional Center, but the Sheriff's Department then told him he couldn't use their facility for charging, either.
Bush has said he's willing to pay for any electricity he uses, however nominal.