A Good Guy iPhone Thief out of Hunan Province attempted to make up for his crime by sending the original owner an 11-page-long handwritten list of nearly 1,000 contacts found in the phone, according to state media.
Xinhua reported this week that the pickpocket stole Zou Bin’s iPhone earlier this month when they shared a cab.
According to AFP:
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.
“I know you are the man who sat beside me. I can assure you that I will find you,” he said in a text message to the thief.
“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 tone of the message was unmistakably threatening — Zou works in the pub industry, which in China is widely held to have links with gangs.
Not long after, Zou was astonished to receive a package containing his phone’s SIM card and 11 pages of handwritten contact numbers.
“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,” he was quoted as saying in Xinhua.
Netizens reportedly applauded the thief for his somewhat thoughtful efforts, calling him “the conscience of the (theft) industry”.