January 31, 2008
Matt, a friend and colleague in the Designbox space, ran into some bad Luck in the Raleigh Combat Zone (click here for earlier post defining the Combat Zone) yesterday. He left his beloved Nokia out on the patio for a second (maybe two), and it was promptly stolen! These days, a stolen mobile can be quite devastating, as all your important numbers, addresses, etc are bound to be there, and the last sync was, well, long enough ago so it is no longer helpful.
The phone robber undoubtedly knew this and, a few hours later, called Matt – from Matt’s own phone. He said he was holding it for ransom, and named the place for the exchange. Matt, deciding that it was a safe enough and public place to go without backup, set out to save his contact list. When he got there, the phone robber expressed his terms. “You buy me a Wendy’s triple cheeseburger, and I’ll give you back your phone.” Fortunately, Matt had come prepared with a $5 bill in his pocket. He bought the burger, got his phone back, and everyone was happy.