The iPhone thief and the drinks mafia boss

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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 US.

“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 iCloud… 

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