Remember the guy from yesterday who dropped basically an epic novel in Craigslist Missed Connections directed towards “The girl who held my iPhone for ransom in a pizzeria last night”? Paul Adler, 22, had an unfortunate experience on Halloween in which an enterprising outer-borough teenager held his iPhone hostage and then his wallet was stolen and the police came.
We got in touch with Adler, who filled us in on the aftermath and on the lesson he learned about wallet placement:
There wasn’t really any “serious” aftermath–I just canceled the debit cards that were in my wallet and called it a night. My mom was (understandably) upset the next day after having been called numerous times by the girl who had my phone but other than that, no real damage was done. Upon talking to my mom the next day, I found she’d basically said to the girl: “Why are you calling me? I’m in New Jersey, what am I supposed to do about this? Look, I’m going to tell you the same thing I’d tell my daughter if she was being attacked–you have a phone on you; call 911.” I reasoned that an onlooker had taken the wallet, as the small crowd around the girl and I had dissipated as soon as the cops arrived. Furthermore, I realize I definitely shouldn’t have been keeping my wallet in my back pocket; it’s somewhat of a habitual thing for me and I’ll be sure to take better care of my possessions in light of this incident. In retrospect, I think I would’ve actually gone to the ATM to give this girl $20 (for a $300 phone, it seems more than reasonable) were she and her friends not so rude and disrespectful. I’m no paragon of modern manners but I hold the shibboleth of “common courtesy” in high regard–I’m one of those wacky people who find intrinsic validation in “doing the right thing,” so I was actually very put off by the girls’ demands for more money.
Adler also got an impromptu writing lesson: “In the future, however, I’m going to make an effort to wring some of the pretension and hyperbole out of my prose, to escape that university-influenced, academic tone.”
Meanwhile, the phone hostage-taker is still at large.
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