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2013-03-15 11:21:14 AM
Which is why my kids aren't getting phones until they're old enough to fight back.

What's WITH this "every kid has an iphone" thing? KIDS DON'T NEED PHONES.
 
2013-03-15 11:21:49 AM
3 year old with an iphone? Seems like the criminal is a better parent than the victims.
 
2013-03-15 11:23:55 AM
I absolutely agree with the "a toddler does not need an iPhone", but it wasn't the kid's.  Still, it's pretty stupid letting a toddler play with one.
 
2013-03-15 11:23:57 AM
Don't give expensive or valuable things to toddlers.  In fact, don't give ANYTHING to a toddler unless you are ok with it being lost, damaged, or broken.
 
2013-03-15 11:24:35 AM

Bin_jammin: 3 year old with an iphone? Seems like the criminal is a better parent than the victims.


To be fair, it WAS his mother's phone, but I'm not handing my kid a piece of technology worth several hundred dollars. They get a book. Or a remote with no batteries. Kids will play with ANYTHING.
 
2013-03-15 11:24:43 AM
I never got robbed for candy, then again I never carried/flashed $500 worth of candy to be stolen either.
 
2013-03-15 11:28:50 AM
Let's be real here. The phone was obviously a toy for a three-year-old and they aren't known for being delicate with anything they touch. The thing would have been too beat up for anybody to make much money off it anyway.
 
2013-03-15 11:29:03 AM
The homeless person was probably doing the whole family a favor. And if that Iphone was on Sprint I say we find this homeless man and make him a Lord and grant him land and title.
 
2013-03-15 11:31:10 AM

LegacyDL: The homeless person was probably doing the whole family a favor. And if that Iphone was on Sprint I say we find this homeless man and make him a Lord and grant him land and title.


As an iphone user for over five years, I take only minor offense at that- this IS Fark, after all, I realize.

/AT&T
//grandfathered unlimited data biatches
 
2013-03-15 11:32:00 AM
Everyone chill. If someone wants to let their 3 year old play a game on a smart phone what's the big deal? It's not like it was his phone with a curious George case and Go Diego Go ringtones...

As for the thief, I cant blame him. The temptation is too big. I mean hundreds of dollars in the hands of a 3 year old.. and I need drugs. He is asking me to steal the phone.
AND he said thank you AND gave him 3 dollars.

The judge has to recognize the fact that this junky has morals and cut him some slack. Maybe a night in jail and community service.
 
2013-03-15 11:38:44 AM
First world problems.
 
2013-03-15 11:39:49 AM
Also: with a name like Aidan, he will be stealing his own Iphones in no time.
 
2013-03-15 11:41:41 AM

Master Sphincter: Everyone chill. If someone wants to let their 3 year old play a game on a smart phone what's the big deal? It's not like it was his phone with a curious George case and Go Diego Go ringtones...

As for the thief, I cant blame him. The temptation is too big. I mean hundreds of dollars in the hands of a 3 year old.. and I need drugs. He is asking me to steal the phone.
AND he said thank you AND gave him 3 dollars.

The judge has to recognize the fact that this junky has morals and cut him some slack. Maybe a night in jail and community service.


Eh, I've seen better. 6/10
 
2013-03-15 11:41:54 AM
I agree, a 3 year old does NOT need an iPhone.  An iPad or iTouch is far more appropriate.  It's also a great excuse for Dad to upgrade to the new model
 
2013-03-15 11:43:24 AM
Hey, to be fair maybe it was an iPhone 4.  In which case, $3 is probably a reasonable residual price for the hardware.  The $50 the thief got for it was probably because it was active on somebody else's account, and the buyer maybe hoped to make more than $50 worth of international phone calls on it before the phone was deactivated.

And that iPhone 5 value is about to drop when iPhone 5.01 comes out next week, with the latest minor tweak or additional feature or two.
 
2013-03-15 11:43:36 AM
i.imgur.com

Personally I've found that handing an old phone to a child is a great way to keep them occupied for a while.
 
2013-03-15 11:44:07 AM

kiwimoogle84: Which is why my kids aren't getting phones until they're old enough to fight back.

What's WITH this "every kid has an iphone" thing? KIDS DON'T NEED PHONES.


Most of the time it is either the parent's old phone after they upgraded. Kids didn't need gameboys either but it keeps them quiet when you're doing something.
 
2013-03-15 11:44:23 AM

I think the phrase "if you can't protect it, it wasn't yours in the first place" could apply here.


//Which is why you should give the kid martial arts training first so he could defend the phone in the sand box.

 
2013-03-15 11:47:11 AM
Master Sphincter:
The judge has to recognize the fact that this junky has morals and cut him some slack. Maybe a night in jail and community service.

I didn't realize it was Lindsay Lohan.
 
2013-03-15 11:51:04 AM
image1.frequency.com
 Saaay... that sounds like a larf!
 
2013-03-15 11:51:36 AM
Subway Surfer?  Is that the one where you run around the NY City subway stations and look for unsuspecting travelers to push into uncoming trains.  You get points based on how fat the victim is.
 
2013-03-15 11:53:07 AM

reaperducer: Master Sphincter:
The judge has to recognize the fact that this junky has morals and cut him some slack. Maybe a night in jail and community service.

I didn't realize it was Lindsay Lohan.


You forgot to type the joke
 
2013-03-15 11:53:48 AM

Carth: kiwimoogle84: Which is why my kids aren't getting phones until they're old enough to fight back.

What's WITH this "every kid has an iphone" thing? KIDS DON'T NEED PHONES.

Most of the time it is either the parent's old phone after they upgraded. Kids didn't need gameboys either but it keeps them quiet when you're doing something.


The difference being, GameBoys don't cost you every month, and you can't download $180 in aps and surprise your parents with the bill. Happened to my sister. My 7 year old niece basically bought every top ap itunes had to offer on my sister's phone, then deleted most of them, trying to cover it up. Still showed on the bill though. My sister about died.
 
2013-03-15 11:57:50 AM
I'm more outraged my the parent using a technological babysitter to placate the child. These are the parents that will plop the child in front of Elmo and let him do the work.
 
2013-03-15 12:00:52 PM

the-meter-man: [image1.frequency.com image 202x132]
 Saaay... that sounds like a larf!


I -- oh, it's you. What are you so happy about? ... I see. I think you'd better drop it. I said, drop it! Get your hands off!
 
2013-03-15 12:04:00 PM
I did not read the article or this page so WHY DOES A TODDLER HAVE AN IPHONE!!! DATS STOOPID!!!
 
2013-03-15 12:07:32 PM
That's good for a part!
 
2013-03-15 12:09:01 PM
Don't ever give anything to a toddler you don't want lost/broken.  They are literally dumber than a cat but have thumbs.
 
2013-03-15 12:09:32 PM
Oh my farking God I cannot stand the name Aiden.  It makes me feel all stabby.
 
2013-03-15 12:10:27 PM
As the father of a toddler who frequently steals my iphone, all I can say is "Karma's a biatch kid, isn't it?"

/dnrtfa
 
2013-03-15 12:15:26 PM

Dragonflew: I absolutely agree with the "a toddler does not need an iPhone", but it wasn't the kid's.  Still, it's pretty stupid letting a toddler play with one.


I handed my old iPhone 3G down to my toddler once I got a iPhone 5. I let him play puzzle, painting and letter matching games on it. If/when he breaks it: no big deal.

I assume that still makes me a bad parent though.
 
2013-03-15 12:16:09 PM
In my day we didn't have cell phones to play with, we just jerked off all day.....and we liked it.

\Good times
 
2013-03-15 12:18:24 PM
I hope the homeless guy got his $3 back.
 
2013-03-15 12:19:48 PM

kiwimoogle84: Which is why my kids aren't getting phones until they're old enough to fight back.

What's WITH this "every kid has an iphone" thing? KIDS DON'T NEED PHONES.


RTFA. The kid was playing a game on his mother's phone.
 
2013-03-15 12:20:54 PM

mjohnson71: Dragonflew: I absolutely agree with the "a toddler does not need an iPhone", but it wasn't the kid's.  Still, it's pretty stupid letting a toddler play with one.

I handed my old iPhone 3G down to my toddler once I got a iPhone 5. I let him play puzzle, painting and letter matching games on it. If/when he breaks it: no big deal.

I assume that still makes me a bad parent though.


If you don't care about it, and if it's not a teenager who would rather text her other tween friends and can't put the phone down for seven seconds, than no, you're probably ok. I'm just a cheap bastard and I like books- I'm old school. I had more books than clothes in my room- it was the way I was raised, and I fully intend when I have kids to do the same.
 
2013-03-15 12:22:10 PM

Bathia_Mapes: kiwimoogle84: Which is why my kids aren't getting phones until they're old enough to fight back.

What's WITH this "every kid has an iphone" thing? KIDS DON'T NEED PHONES.

RTFA. The kid was playing a game on his mother's phone.


RTFT- that was my second comment.
 
2013-03-15 12:25:00 PM

kiwimoogle84: Carth: kiwimoogle84: Which is why my kids aren't getting phones until they're old enough to fight back.

What's WITH this "every kid has an iphone" thing? KIDS DON'T NEED PHONES.

Most of the time it is either the parent's old phone after they upgraded. Kids didn't need gameboys either but it keeps them quiet when you're doing something.

The difference being, GameBoys don't cost you every month, and you can't download $180 in aps and surprise your parents with the bill. Happened to my sister. My 7 year old niece basically bought every top ap itunes had to offer on my sister's phone, then deleted most of them, trying to cover it up. Still showed on the bill though. My sister about died.


Neither does an old iphone that isn't on contract. It is basically a free ipod touch at that point. If it was the mother's phone she is paying for it whether the kid can use it for video games or not.  With parental controls enabled the kid can't buy anything even in a wifi network without the parent putting in a password.
 
2013-03-15 12:25:53 PM

mjohnson71: Dragonflew: I absolutely agree with the "a toddler does not need an iPhone", but it wasn't the kid's.  Still, it's pretty stupid letting a toddler play with one.

I handed my old iPhone 3G down to my toddler once I got a iPhone 5. I let him play puzzle, painting and letter matching games on it. If/when he breaks it: no big deal.

I assume that still makes me a bad parent though.


You gave your kid a deactivated throw-away.  This parent let a toddler play with her active phone.  There's a big difference.
 
2013-03-15 12:28:03 PM

Dragonflew: I absolutely agree with the "a toddler does not need an iPhone", but it wasn't the kid's.  Still, it's pretty stupid letting a toddler play with one.


You don't have a toddler.  They are great for when you are doing something boring and necessary and have to have the kid in tow.

As for my kid, hell, he would have had to punch him to get him to let go of the phone!  Kid's a fighter and he has a DEATH GRIP on that phone.
 
2013-03-15 12:32:36 PM

plewis: Dragonflew: I absolutely agree with the "a toddler does not need an iPhone", but it wasn't the kid's.  Still, it's pretty stupid letting a toddler play with one.

You don't have a toddler.  They are great for when you are doing something boring and necessary and have to have the kid in tow.

As for my kid, hell, he would have had to punch him to get him to let go of the phone!  Kid's a fighter and he has a DEATH GRIP on that phone.


Yeah, but I wouldn't give him MINE. Carth is absolutely correct on that one. If it was an older one, it's still an expensive toy. Maybe I'd let an older kid play with it (I didn't get a gameboy until I was 12) but a toddler? Maybe tiny kids these days are way smarter than I was as a kid. I barely figured out how to turn pages by myself by age 3 or 4.

And also, your kid sounds awesome. +1 on the parenting.
 
2013-03-15 12:33:44 PM

plewis: Dragonflew: I absolutely agree with the "a toddler does not need an iPhone", but it wasn't the kid's.  Still, it's pretty stupid letting a toddler play with one.

You don't have a toddler.


If I did, it would not be getting my active iPhone. That's just stupid. Like the above post, it would be a deactivated throw-away.
 
2013-03-15 12:37:39 PM
Hey little guy. Cute phone you got there? Wanna install an app? I got a cute app for you right here. Happy puppies that go barky! Just click "Install". What a good boy! Now, remember to hold the phone up thusly when mommy breastfeeds you.
 
2013-03-15 12:37:49 PM

Dragonflew: mjohnson71: Dragonflew: I absolutely agree with the "a toddler does not need an iPhone", but it wasn't the kid's.  Still, it's pretty stupid letting a toddler play with one.

I handed my old iPhone 3G down to my toddler once I got a iPhone 5. I let him play puzzle, painting and letter matching games on it. If/when he breaks it: no big deal.

I assume that still makes me a bad parent though.

You gave your kid a deactivated throw-away.  This parent let a toddler play with her active phone.  There's a big difference.


Unbunch your panties, dude.  Kids like to play games and the phones play games just fine.  Do I have to go and find a dedicated piece of technology just because you have some problem with me handing my phone to my kid?  Do you think I don't protect my kid when I'm out in public?  The phone falls under that same halo.

No, what you don't expect is some junkie to reach in and grab your stuff.  The junkie should be in treatment, but since we're all too stupid as a society to realize that, we will continue to have to be vigilant and will continue to deal with the low level crime and destruction of lower income neighborhoods that come with it.  This guy is a low life who should be in MANDATORY TREATMENT in a jail cell.  Blame him, don't blame the victim or the victim's mother for doing something TOTALLY REASONABLE.
 
2013-03-15 12:40:41 PM
Today on Fark, I learned that giving a three-year-old a piece of fragile electronics worth hundreds of dollars to play with is "reasonable".
 
2013-03-15 12:40:56 PM

kiwimoogle84: Which is why my kids aren't getting phones until they're old enough to fight back.

What's WITH this "every kid has an iphone" thing? KIDS DON'T NEED PHONES.


It's not a phone, its a pocket babysitter.

Will be interesting to see if the kids who had a touchscreen shoved at them to make them shut up will turn out similar to the ones that were sat in a windup swing in front of daytime tv.
 
2013-03-15 12:48:05 PM
Its time we started looking at euthanasia as a viable solution to the homeless issue.
 
2013-03-15 12:54:41 PM

AcneVulgaris: kiwimoogle84: Which is why my kids aren't getting phones until they're old enough to fight back.

What's WITH this "every kid has an iphone" thing? KIDS DON'T NEED PHONES.

It's not a phone, its a pocket babysitter.

Will be interesting to see if the kids who had a touchscreen shoved at them to make them shut up will turn out similar to the ones that were sat in a windup swing in front of daytime tv.


Yeah, that's my issue too. TV takes the place of actual parenting a lot of the time. And honestly, I'm floored with some of the crap my friends pull. My friend has a 10 year old and a 7 year old. They are arguing over what movie to watch- He wants to watch 300, she wants to watch Easy A. Her complaint? She's seen 300 too many times. His complaint? "There's no BLOOD in that movie!"

I'm going, you're effing children.

Now, I'm not one to try to over-shelter or protect kids throughout high school or whatever, but children are children, and it's absolutely inappropriate to expose your kids to THAT kind of media so early. And it's lazy on her part that she doesn't care what her kids watch. No, have a Mommy and Daddy DVD shelf, and don't let them find The Expendables on Netflix just because you don't bother with parental settings.

/off soapbox
 
2013-03-15 12:57:31 PM
I could have sworn that this story is over a year old.

(Looks at article)

Yep. Must be another slow news day at Rupert Murdoch's NY Compost, and the editor needed something to inject some good old Daily Mail level Hate into the worker force.
 
2013-03-15 01:01:15 PM
A monkey once stole my banana phone.
 
2013-03-15 01:02:01 PM
Gee, the alleged homeless thief was a drug addict -- didn't see that one coming.
 
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