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(ABC)   Bad: Guy forgets his iPhone in a NY cab. Worse: Somebody swipes it and uses his online dating profile to troll for dates. Fark: He sets up a dating "honey trap" to catch the guy and get his phone back   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 76
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2013-01-05 04:20:02 PM
Clever.
 
2013-01-05 04:44:11 PM
www.chronicle.su

is that like a honey hole?
 
2013-01-05 04:47:08 PM
Wouldn't the "find my iPhone" app have been a slightly easier solution
 
2013-01-05 05:05:28 PM

Apos: Clever.


Yah, guy like that on a dating website going to those lengths doesn't scream stalker. Not at all.
 
2013-01-05 05:11:35 PM

OregonVet: Apos: Clever.

Yah, guy like that on a dating website going to those lengths doesn't scream stalker. Not at all.


So dating websites aren't money gougers designed to encourage stalking?
 
2013-01-05 05:30:42 PM

Apos: Clever.


I dunno. The thief knows where the guy lives, the guy confronted said thief alone with a hammer, AND gave him money? What kind of bizarro approach is that?
 
2013-01-05 05:44:09 PM

coco ebert: Apos: Clever.

I dunno. The thief knows where the guy lives, the guy confronted said thief alone with a hammer, AND gave him money? What kind of bizarro approach is that?


Yeah, I was wondering about that, too.  He gave someone who stole his phone and used it to go on dating sites his address? And some money?  Gee, he just happens to be a musician.  Someone might have wanted some attention and cooked up a crackpot story about how clever and awesome he is. Just a hunch.
 
2013-01-05 06:09:42 PM

serpent_sky: coco ebert: Apos: Clever.

I dunno. The thief knows where the guy lives, the guy confronted said thief alone with a hammer, AND gave him money? What kind of bizarro approach is that?

Yeah, I was wondering about that, too.  He gave someone who stole his phone and used it to go on dating sites his address? And some money?  Gee, he just happens to be a musician.  Someone might have wanted some attention and cooked up a crackpot story about how clever and awesome he is. Just a hunch.


Apparently he's in a ska band. Which is weird because he's not wearing a fedora.
thescenereport.com
 
2013-01-05 06:11:24 PM
There is a metric fark-ton of nerdery going on in this story.
 
2013-01-05 06:14:08 PM

serpent_sky: coco ebert: Apos: Clever.

I dunno. The thief knows where the guy lives, the guy confronted said thief alone with a hammer, AND gave him money? What kind of bizarro approach is that?

Yeah, I was wondering about that, too.  He gave someone who stole his phone and used it to go on dating sites his address? And some money?  Gee, he just happens to be a musician.  Someone might have wanted some attention and cooked up a crackpot story about how clever and awesome he is. Just a hunch.


Yup. Sounds all kinds of fishy. At the very least I would have had the cops there. And I wouldn't have given the guy my address.
 
2013-01-05 06:14:57 PM
Oh, and I'm really curious to know what picture he used.
 
2013-01-05 06:40:02 PM
So instead of finding the guy the short way, he did it the "making the news" way?
 
2013-01-05 07:05:31 PM

eddievercetti: So instead of finding the guy the short way, he did it the "making the news" way?


In fairness, this was in no way newsworthy, nor did it "make" the news - he notified the news of how clever he was or something.
 
2013-01-05 07:53:42 PM
I bet he'll be locked up for hours! He'll be off the streets and nowhere near your house, so you can get some sleep. You'll probably want to take advantage of the time to yourself.
 
2013-01-05 08:01:57 PM
My new laptop has a login feature: You have to enter the password every time you use it.

You could still steal it, but it would be useless to you.

Shouldn't an iPhone have the same feature?
 
2013-01-05 08:02:47 PM
He looks like a guy who'd spring the "trap" after getting some sweet anal.
 
2013-01-05 08:05:34 PM

olddinosaur: My new laptop has a login feature: You have to enter the password every time you use it.

You could still steal it, but it would be useless to you.

Shouldn't an iPhone have the same feature?


It does if you enable it.

/I haven't. Too lazy.
 
2013-01-05 08:05:54 PM
Cute but if I had an I-phone I would be telling everyone to please take it. He should get a real phone (an android).
 
2013-01-05 08:06:47 PM
If only the headline had ended in "...to bash the guy's face in with a baseball bat."
 
2013-01-05 08:11:53 PM
i'd be kinda skeptical if anyone asked me for a date on those services. even eHarmony looked at my profile and said "no".
 
2013-01-05 08:15:33 PM
I have to call my girlfriend. Her vagina just got a new nickname.
 
2013-01-05 08:18:56 PM
I have to call my girlfriend. Her vagina just got a new nickname.

ECHO?
 
2013-01-05 08:19:58 PM
static.tvfanatic.com

I thought it was called a "honeypot".
 
2013-01-05 08:21:10 PM
Well, the guy could have just called the cops, cause otherwise this story sounds a little too made up.

He left the phone in the back up the cab, no password on it, his fault.  Typical  of 90% of iphone users.

Typical manager escalation I get every day.
me "Hello this is the Flatline, a manager at the largest carrier with iphones, how can I help?"
them "I left my iphone in a cab, and I went to Apple and they said you have to track it down for me."
me "Did you install the free application that Apple provides to allow for tracking of the device?"
them "Why didn't you tell me about that when I bought the phone?"
me "Sorry, but since the app is not installed you cannot track it"
them "well then you need to provide me with a new phone because when I purchased the phone at the Apple Store, the carrier didnt tell me about it"  Seriously someone told me that."
me" Sorry, not our responsibility, though I do see in the notes here that you refused insurance and we gave you an early upgrade 6 months ago because you dropped your phone in the toilet"
them " you guys are aholes"
 
2013-01-05 08:21:17 PM
www.spittingfeathers.org
 
2013-01-05 08:22:42 PM
mybfolder.org

Hard to find anything without risking NSFW penis party.
 
2013-01-05 08:27:14 PM
bullshiat
 
2013-01-05 08:32:30 PM
That $20 was never mentioned in the article and this dumbass had the guy meet him at his apt??
Yep, sounds like the sort of moron who'd leave a $500 piece of electronics in a cab
 
2013-01-05 08:34:54 PM

olddinosaur: My new laptop has a login feature: You have to enter the password every time you use it.


my new to me laptop has Ubuntu and i disabled the boot up login. it's annoying and no but me uses the machine.

but Ubuntu in their infinite wisdom makes you log in every time the machines goes to sleep. so you can set it for short away and get annoyed or long away and drain battery life.
 
2013-01-05 08:36:31 PM
inb4 happens again and he gets stabbed
 
2013-01-05 08:39:31 PM

sloshed_again: I have to call my girlfriend. Her vagina just got a new nickname.

ECHO?


www.actionmoviefreak.com
Approves.
 
2013-01-05 08:39:44 PM
What the fark is the $20 about? I read the article twice...someone explain?
 
2013-01-05 08:43:32 PM

Curious:
but Ubuntu in their infinite wisdom makes you log in every time the machines goes to sleep. so you can set it for short away and get annoyed or long away and drain battery life.


Or, you could disable that password too.
 
2013-01-05 08:44:29 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Hard to find anything without risking NSFW penis party.


That's low, man. You should change your handle to "Catcher in the... Oh never mind. I think I'm gonna be fired.
 
2013-01-05 08:49:56 PM

oh_please: What the fark is the $20 about? I read the article twice...someone explain?


so that the thief wouldn't club him to death with the bottle of wine.
 
2013-01-05 08:50:08 PM
what was he expecting, to show up at a date with a stolen iPhone? and be like

hey baby your my soulmate, btw i just stole this iphone how u like me now
 
2013-01-05 08:54:33 PM
Hey I just met you and this is crazy, you stole my iPhone, give it back maybe?
 
2013-01-05 08:58:53 PM

Bslim: He looks like a guy who'd spring the "trap" after getting some sweet anal.


Thanks for that :)
 
2013-01-05 09:40:26 PM

theflatline: Well, the guy could have just called the cops, cause otherwise this story sounds a little too made up.


Yes because the cops wouldn't just tell him to come down to the station, fill out a report and call his insurance company, they would put their finest detectives on the case and try really, really hard to solve the crime.
 
2013-01-05 10:08:38 PM
Came for Archer, leaving satisfied
 
2013-01-05 10:13:08 PM
News: Man invents outlandish iPhone recovery to story to promote his band.
Fark: The band name is omitted from the article.
 
2013-01-05 10:26:49 PM
i use okcupid too, and i'm pretty lonely and desperate for attention. but if some cleavage-displaying chick randomly messaged me with stuff like "wanna meet?" there is no way i would go along with that. hot women don't have to ask random people for dates, unless they're planning to rob and/or murder them.
 
2013-01-05 10:30:05 PM

sloshed_again: I have to call my girlfriend. Her vagina just got a new nickname.

ECHO?



i162.photobucket.com

Echo?
 
2013-01-05 10:31:30 PM
fusillade762:
Yup. Sounds all kinds of fishy. At the very least I would have had the cops there. And I wouldn't have given the guy my address.

Oh yeah the cops. I'm sure they'll send their top men from the iPhone Recovery Division to help bust that case.

Cops are kind of notorious for "we don't give a fark about your stolen electronics, go take the law into your own hands" when it comes to stuff like this.
 
2013-01-05 10:33:15 PM
Where wire pliers and blow totches brought out when said thief was confronted?
 
2013-01-05 10:42:17 PM

Ghastly: fusillade762:
Yup. Sounds all kinds of fishy. At the very least I would have had the cops there. And I wouldn't have given the guy my address.

Oh yeah the cops. I'm sure they'll send their top men from the iPhone Recovery Division to help bust that case.

Cops are kind of notorious for "we don't give a fark about your stolen electronics, go take the law into your own hands" when it comes to stuff like this.


Only the cops on Fark.
 
2013-01-05 10:49:08 PM
I've seen this story floating around the last couple of days but didn't bother reading it.
Every headline made it out as though the dude "stole" the iPhone and that the "thief" had been tricked.
The dude didn't steal anything. He found it in a taxi cab the the douche left it in after being out on New Years eve. Probably drunk at the time.
Now I'm not saying its proper just to take something that doesn't belong to you, its not. And yes, it is the right thing to do to try and find the owner of lost property.
But the dude didn't steal it, he found it, in a cab, after New Years eve, in New York city.
An upstanding citizen he may not be. But he's not a thief.
 
2013-01-05 10:50:12 PM

Wardrobe_Malfunction: Yes because the cops wouldn't just tell him to come down to the station, fill out a report and call his insurance company, they would put their finest detectives on the case and try really, really hard to solve the crime.


They got them working in shifts! Although I wouldn't hold out hope for the Creedence.
 
2013-01-05 10:53:14 PM

olddinosaur: My new laptop has a login feature: You have to enter the password every time you use it.

You could still steal it, but it would be useless to you.

Shouldn't an iPhone have the same feature?


If it's a windows laptop the password can be removed in about 45 seconds with the right boot CD. If the thief doesn't want your collections of cat pictures and tranny porn, he can just format the laptop and reinstall the OS. Passwords are like locks in that they only stop honest people. Anyone who really wants in will get in.
 
2013-01-05 11:02:36 PM

serial_crusher: Wouldn't the "find my iPhone" app have been a slightly easier solution


No, but the "Where I Can Buy My Own Phone Back for 20 Bucks" app would have worked better.
 
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