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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 14
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2013-01-05 05:30:42 PM
5 votes:

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 10:31:30 PM
4 votes:
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 04:47:08 PM
4 votes:
Wouldn't the "find my iPhone" app have been a slightly easier solution
2013-01-05 10:26:49 PM
3 votes:
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 10:13:08 PM
3 votes:
News: Man invents outlandish iPhone recovery to story to promote his band.
Fark: The band name is omitted from the article.
2013-01-05 08:05:54 PM
3 votes:
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 05:44:09 PM
3 votes:

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 11:35:59 PM
2 votes:

DownDaRiver: 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.


The law that covers this is "theft by finding". Someone who participates in theft is known as a thief. The more you know.
2013-01-05 07:05:31 PM
2 votes:

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 09:40:26 PM
1 votes:

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 08:50:08 PM
1 votes:
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 08:19:58 PM
1 votes:
static.tvfanatic.com

I thought it was called a "honeypot".
2013-01-05 08:05:34 PM
1 votes:

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 06:14:08 PM
1 votes:

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.
 
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