Talk about karma. A robber swiped a pirated mobile phone from a university student last Thursday, only to drop his own iPhone 5 while he was making his getaway. The victim subsequently pocked his iPhone and received a call from said dumb robber, who hoped to retrieve the beloved iPhone from the thief.
This fiasco happened in the evening in Zhujiang New Town, where a university student named Jin was heading towards the subway station to return to school. He had headphones on and his shanzai, or imitation copy, mobile phone tucked at the side of his backpack. It was only when his music suddenly stopped that he realised that his mobile phone had been stolen. When he shouted “Thief!” and started to give chase, the robber was already more than ten metres ahead of him. Jin recalled that at that point, the robber had already appeared to be extremely flustered and couldn’t even run up the staircase without almost losing his balance.
It was in the midst of chasing the robber that Jin suddenly noticed a flash of light from the robber’s back pocket, followed by a smashing sound that indicated that something had dropped on the floor. Jin stopped in his tracks and realised that it was a brand-new iPhone 5 that the robber had left behind. “I found it hilarious. The mobile phone that I’ve got is an imitation version, worth less than 1000 RMB. Once I picked the iPhone up I couldn’t be bothered to continue running after him, but he was still running away.”
The robber didn’t realise that Jin had stopped until they were about 30 to 40 metres apart, and found out that his iPhone was missing. It was at that point when he decided to backtrack and chase Jin instead. But Jin, who is a sprinter at his university, got away in no time. “I didn’t think that he would run so slowly. He is probably a newbie at this robbery thing,” said Jin.
When Jin reached home, he called his own mobile number and the robber picked up the call. “He asked me if I could return his iPhone back to him, and even gave me his address.” He also promised to send Jin his own phone back, but on the condition that he received his iPhone from Jin first. “Who knows if he would really return my phone to me? When I dialled my number again, the line had already been cut off,” said Jin. He plans to hand the robber’s iPhone 5 in to the police station. Maybe he might meet this fellow idiot robber in jail, where they can plan more effective getaway strategies in the future.
By Yuen Sin
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