Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 51981
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2008/11/14-26 [Consumer/CellPhone, Computer/Companies/Apple] UID:51981 Activity:nil
11/14   Angry sysadmin gets iPhone stolen out of his hands while riding Muni,
        thief, retrieves phone, gets back on train (from
        \_ huh i know that guy.  he's a KALX dj.
        \_ Muni actually
           \_ oops, tnx
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I figured I'd travel light today and didn't bring my blue messenger bag, just my AskJeeves lunchbox and my iphone+headphones. The train was not very full, I think I got the last seat and there were a few people standing. I put my lunchbox on my lap and started watching my movie. All of a sudden a hand from behind me grabs the iPhone and it's gone. At this point I was lucky to get to see a part of me that isn't usually expressed. I think of myself as a thoughtful guy who's pretty laid back so what followed was a surprise. The second the phone leaves my hand I jump up, lunchbox falling to the ground and run outside the train to see the guy who grabbed my phone running from the train. He's only about 6 feet from the train door at this point since I jumped the second the he grabbed the phone. I jumped on his back and got my arm around his neck tackling him to the ground. We slide up against the brick wall that makes up the stairs going up at Church. I bring my other arm around and push his face into the corner of the wall and the ground with my elbow. " I stand up with him still on the floor, now with phone in hand and begin walking back to the train briskly in order to not miss it. I'm looking down to check that I haven't gotten hurt or torn my clothes or anything. Before getting to the door of the train I turn and the guys still on the ground in the corner and I yell "Fuck you!" which after doing it I felt may have been a bit overboard as it echoed through the massive concrete station. I then turned back and stepped onto the train, for the first time looking up to see a train full of people staring mouths agape. I'm immediately embarrassed since an outburst like that is clearly outside of the allowed social interactions on the morning commute muni. I manage a somewhat silent "Sorry" as I walk back on the train, in the same almost inaudible voice one uses when saying "Excuse me" in order to get up from a seat or to sit down if someone's in your way. I walk back to my seat where my lunchbox is on the ground and everyone is talking to each other. I sit down and begin checking out my phone to see if it's destroyed but it's fine. Someone else on the train says above the murmur of conversations "That should be an Apple ad" and everyone laughs. Headphones are a little jacked up and I've got a bloody forehead and knuckles but not that much worse for wear. I guess my findings from this event are : * I don't think of it but when carrying a 16GB 3G iPhone around you're essentially carrying a very liquid, high demand, easy to fence, $500 object. ASP Tri-Fold Tactical Restraints every where I go, but had I had my messenger bag with me today they sure would have come in handy. Not sure how to mitigate this risk, I'll have to think about it Posted by gene_wood at November 14, 2008 10:21 AM Comments Seriously awesome! I don't blame you at all for wanting to chase down someone. As much as a phone is a utility or entertainment device, it also serves as a lifeline to the outer world and a functional life manager, I find a huge emotional attachment as well. at November 14, 2008 01:16 PM From the Valleywag comments: "This Gene Wood fellow seems like the shizznickle, though. I still say you should have tried fluffy fingers before resorting to this violence.
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