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| November 25, 2013
Thief Steals iPhone, Sends 11-Page Document With Contacts App Contents To Owner
One iPhone thief has proven that even criminals have a conscience. Because after picking an Apple-made smartphone from the pocket of its unsuspecting owner, the thief sent over an 11-page document carefully detailing the contents of the handset's Contacts app - contents, one might add, that weren't backed up. The odd situation occurred over in China, and reached us in a report from the Hindustan Times. The publication explains:
The pickpocket is believed to have taken the Apple handset from Zou Bin when they shared a taxi, the Xinhua news agency said. Zou had nearly 1,000 contact numbers in the device and with no backup copy - like millions of other people around the world - he was more concerned about losing the data than the phone itself, it added.So concerned was iPhone owner Zou Bin, that he sent a text message to the thief threatening him to return the handset if he knew what was good for him. He said to the thief: "I know you are the man who sat beside me. I can assure you that I will find you. Look through the contact numbers in my mobile and you will know what trade I am in," he added. "Send me back the phone to the address below if you are sensible." The report explains that Zou works in the "pub industry, which in China is widely held to have links with gangs." To me, his message sounds a lot like the famous phone call Liam Neeson makes in "Taken." Rather than returning the handset, however, the thief took a different approach, and instead sent a package to Zou containing the iPhone's SIM card, along with an 11-page document outlining in detail the contents of the handset's Contacts application. Astonishingly, more than 1,000 contacts were listed in the document. The report continues:
Chinese Internet users gave the thief plaudits for his efforts, dubbing him "the conscience of the (theft) industry". One user of Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter, posted: "What a sympathetic and faithful thief, one who values professional ethics."Plus, the original owner of the iPhone, Zou, seemed pleased too, even if just at the thought of the thief's "swelling" hand. He said: "It would take a while to write from one to one thousand, let alone names and a whole string of digits. I suppose (the thief's) hand is swelling." See also: Find The Signal Before It's Too Late In Upcoming Survivor-Explorer Shattered Planet, Parachuting Frog's New Puzzler Solisqr Is Set For Release In The App Store Next Month, and Classic Strategy Game M.U.L.E. Returns In The Form Of Newly Released iOS Game. Via: Cult of Mac