When you get your phone stolen, you lose a lot of things: pictures, notes, and contact information, to name a few. But if you haven't uploaded that information to the cloud (which you totally should do right now) then you're pretty screwed, unless the person has a change of heart and returns the device. Unlikely, though, right? Well, stranger things have happened, and here we are.
Zou Bin, a man in China, recently had his iPhone stolen while he rode in a taxicab with the soon-to-be thief while they traveled in the central province of Hunan. Once Zou discovered he was jacked, he got another phone and texted his original iPhone, demanding the robber to return it to his address. Actually, Zou did his best Liam Neeson impression from Taken, if Taken were about a man's phone being stolen instead of his daughter:
"I know you are the man who sat beside me. I can assure you that I will find you," Zou texted the thief. "Look through the contact numbers in my mobile and you will know what trade I am in."
That last line regarding the "trade I am in" is allegedly a reference to Zou's gang connections.
Gangs or not, demands sent over texts don't work very well, so Zou didn't get his phone back. Instead, a few days later, he was sent a package that contained 11 sheets of paper and his SIM card (because once you've stolen a phone, an old SIM card is the last thing you would want, but anyway.) But on those 11 pages were the contacts that Zou had on his phone, all 1,000 of them, handwritten.
"It would take a while to write from one to one thousand, let alone names and a whole string of digits," Zou was reported as saying.
"I suppose (the thief's) hand is swelling."
[via The Independent]