I just got pick-pocketed...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by lvsxy808, May 1, 2013.

  1. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    And I am so pissed off I can barely breathe.

    Lunch hour, nice enough day, bit of a headache so I decide to go for a walk in the park to clear my head. About to head down into the rock garden area, when a guy jumps off the wall where he'd been sitting, as if about to go his own way, and "accidentally" bumps into me. "Oh sorry, sorry," hands everywhere as he steadies hismelf, you know the routine.

    And then a couple of minutes later, I realise my phone has gone.

    Brand new iPhone 5, had it less that a month, no insurance on it. I ran straight to the police station to report it (where they said "Call this number." Hello, he took my phone.) Anyway, they called for me, made a report, decribed the guy best as I could.

    I have that "find my iPhone" thing so they're trying to track it that way. It has a pass code on it so he shouldn't get into it any time soon, and I'm pretty sure I set it up that if he puts the wrong code in 10 times, it wipes it.

    I've asked my other half to wipe it by remote, but it tells you it has to connect to the internet first before it can do that. There's no bank details or anything on there, but there's addresses and emails and phone numbers. I've had the phone company block the number too.

    So I think I've done just about everything I can. But the main thing is just that I'm so f***ing furious! And not a little embarrassed. I know, these people are professionals, they do it all day long, I didn't even feel his hand go into my pocket. But it's humiliating to fall for something so basic.

    RRRRRAAAAARRRGGGHHH! :mad::mad::mad:
     
  2. Sigokat

    Sigokat Commander Red Shirt

    Damn that sucks. Hopefully they find your find your phone for you.

    I'm currently in Afghanistan and one of the NCOs that I work with had left his iPhone5 in the bathroom. Of course when he realized it and went back it was gone. He got it back though because the guy who stole it tried selling it to some other guy for $30.00 so the guy knew it had to be stolen. So he grabbed the phone and told the thief he was taking it to the MPs and reporting him and the thief took off.

    So luckily for Talbert he got his phone back by luck and the honesty of another. Hopefully you get yours as well!!
     
  3. Tora Ziyal

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    Oh, no!
     
  4. B.J.

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    That sucks! I have to ask, though, which pocket did you have your phone in?
     
  5. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Inside jacket pocket, but jacket was open as it was a nice day. I didn't specifically feel his hands going there, but it's really the only explanation.

    I suppose I should be grateful I left my car keys and wallet in the office.

    It's also actually kind of amazing to me that it took this long to happen, given I lived in NYC and was never bothered, and have been in London for two years as well.

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  6. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Do you have a belt clip for the phone?
     
  7. Rhaven

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    That sucks, but at least it wasn't your wallet. I had my purse stolen a few years back. Replacing all your cards, license and such is a real hassle.
    Hope your phone is found and returned to you.
     
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  8. Scout101

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    No, they were pickpocketed TODAY, not in 1996. Everyone's mostly over the douchy "look how important I am, i have a cellphone" look :p
     
  9. backstept

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    no, I'm pretty sure smartphones are still a luxury status symbol :p
     
  10. Foxhot

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    I'm amazed how many people still put their valuables in BACK pockets. What bigger invitation to swipe could there be?
     
  11. lvsxy808

    lvsxy808 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    ^^^ Yeah, I've always made sure not to do that. I thought an inside pocket was enough, but apparently not. Lesson learned, I suppose. Also, don't fall asleep on public transport.

    The police are coming round tomorrow night, although I already gave a report on the phone, so maybe they just want me to sign something?

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  12. Gryffindorian

    Gryffindorian Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Sorry to hear that. I hope the police get the guy and hopefully recover your iPhone(?).

    Nowadays when I buy a new cell phone, I make sure to get it insured, at least during the first year or so, in case something like this happens.

    ETA:

    For my wallet, I've always kept in the same location forever: my front pocket.
     
  13. KimMH

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    Grrr - how disgusting! I hope it is recoverd quickly for you. Going to add mine to my ins policy and start carrying in front pants pocket. bulky w/ the case but obviously worth it.
     
  14. scotpens

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    Damn, that bites the big one. Especially when you realize it could happen to anyone whenever you're in a public place.

    On the other hand, I admit a certain grudging admiration for professional pickpockets. They practice a form of thievery that's been around for centuries, if not millennia, and requires a high level of skill and manual dexterity. Hell, a lot of pickpockets are probably skilled and smart enough to make a good living doing honest work. They just like stealing.
     
  15. Mr. Laser Beam

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    You can hide a belt clip under a shirt, you know.
     
  16. Scout101

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    Sure, just not clipped to your belt obnoxiously. to show off your status symbol now, you gotta take it out of your pocket and fiddle with it, preferably while driving, walking around aimlessly, or during a conversation.

    but why would you, and what would you clip it to? Presumably, if there was some big theft-deterrent system in place, it wouldn't have been stolen. And if you don't intend to clip to your belt, but put in a pocket, why buy the case with the belt clip, or keep that part on.

    Outside of blackberry, which has never really kept up with the times anyway, not sure last time I saw a phone case with a belt clip. Maybe cheap flip-phones?

    I'm sure they still exist, but just not really mainstream. Maybe for specific uses, like for a contractor outside all day or something, and clip on a rugged case, but in general? "phone on your belt" is pretty dead.
     
  17. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    The belt?

    Assuming you don't wear your shirt tucked in, of course. I don't.

    I bought an Otterbox case for my iPhone, and it came with a belt clip. Linky
     
  18. King Daniel Beyond

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    That sounds awful:(. I hope they find out who did it and you get it back ASAP.

    *clutches precious phone to chest and prays it never happens to me*
     
  19. Sephiroth

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    just call yourself and leave this message

    "I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you return my phone now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
     
  20. lvsxy808

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    I did have a passing fantasy of going back to the park today with a knife of some sort, but then I thought that probably wouldn't go down too well when the police come to talk to me later tonight. :borg:

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