Keep your possessions safe! There are lots
of nasty little pickpockets hitting the streets for the Christmas shopping rush
like a fiendishly festive Oliver Twist re-enactment and you don't want to lose
your wallet, keys or, *insert deity* forbid, your lifeline to the world - your smartphone.
But, if you are caught out by one of sneaky
gits, maybe their conscience will get the better of them. That or they manage
to nick the wrong person's phone...
Zou Bin lives in the Hunan province of
South East China and when sharing a cab one day, realised his iPhone had been
stolen. He knew it was his fellow passenger and took matters into his own hands
by texting the thief: "I know you are the man who sat beside me. I can assure
you that I will find you."
That sinister SMS may have been enough, but
Zou Bin also pointed out he was in the drinks industry - something suspected of
having gangland links in China, like waste disposal does with the Mafia in the
"Look through the contact numbers in my
mobile and you will know what trade I am in," he continued. "Send me back the
phone to the address below if you are sensible."
Most common criminals would give up at this
point and post back the handset so quickly they would forget to wipe their
prints. Not our now infamous tea leaf though.
Instead, he returned the SIM card to Zou
Bin and 11 pages of paper with more than 1,000 contacts handwritten - sans iPhone.
"I suppose [the thief's] hand is swelling,"
Zou Bin told the Xinhau news agency.
One can't help but think the drinks boss
managed to track down his pickpocket and make him write out the contacts as
some form of punishment for his cheek, perhaps with his bad hand whilst tied to
a chair. But if not, I like the guy's style. Just a shame he hasn't heard of