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WSJ reporter gets beaten up after a thief steals his date's iPad

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WSJ reporter gets beaten up after a thief steals his date's iPad
We aren't living in a perfect world. It's also a world where iPads, even used ones, have a lot of value. These are two facts that WSJ reporter Rolfe Winkler found out while on a train ride in the NYC subway.

He and a date were just checking out an ebook on her iPad, when the train stopped at
the Bergen Street station in Brooklyn. As the doors opened, a swift thief quickly snatched the iPad away from the hands of the girl and ran out of the train. Winkler, being a real man, followed the thief in order to reclaim the iPad, however, it turned out the rest of the thief's buddies were waiting at the station. With the odds definitely not being in his favor, the reporter ended up beaten up by the offenders. Here's what Rolfe Winkler says about this unpleasant experience:

"Instead of winning back the iPad, I found myself lying on the platform bleeding, my jaw split in half."

Winkler may have to be thankful that he got away this "lightly". Sources use this occasion to remind us of a last year case when a Chicago woman died when a thief caused her to fall down the stairs of a rail station, only to steal her iPhone.

Please be careful, guys and gals, it seems there are a lot of lowlifes out there who'd love to get their hands on OUR tech.

via: TUAW

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posted on 30 Jul 2012, 04:55 15

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Wow. Holy s**t. I feel sorry for the guy.

People are f**king idiots.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 05:21 7

2. Ray.S (Posts: 256; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


I second that.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:26 6

5. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


yea thats messed up but a least he was brave enough to go after the guy....sadly more of them were waiting....yikes! :(

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 13:12 2

17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3451; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Yes. But why would you flash an iPad on a subway in the first place?

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 16:17

26. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


buy nexus 7, it is only 199$

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 05:27

3. Neoxx (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


I'm sorry but just because it was an iPad that was stolen doesn't mean this is Tech-News. Sorry for that guy, though.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 06:00

4. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


I'm from Brooklyn and this isn't even newsworthy.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:29

6. xtian1103 (Posts: 357; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


the title could've been, "A WSJ reporter gets beaten up after a thief stole his date's tablet." but since when you talk about "tablet", it's only an ipad that comes to mind so well, it's the same

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 08:08 2

11. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


No, he's right. Fact was, they were viewing a book on the young ladie's iPad; it wasn't a Galaxy Tab, Xoom, Nook, etc., it was an iPad.

He's just reporting the facts, Sir, albeit, white-washed with political correctness so as not to offend anyone (or, any group).

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:32

7. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Sad.. :(

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:39 4

8. sid07desai (Posts: 255; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Another disadvantage of having Apple products. I bet nobody would steal a Nexus 7 in that manner. And that is a complement.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 13:13

18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3451; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Who would want to?

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 07:58

9. imgod (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


_|_ to whoever deserves

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 08:01 3

10. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I love the way this article is just so damn "politically correct"; I realize this is journalism and the writer must remain objective, so, here's my commentary:

We live in a society where "PC" rules, Hip-Hop and who's associated with it is supposed to be cool and one can no longer freely express oneself if it is construed as "offensive" to a second (third, fourth or fifth) party. The truth is this, and I hate to say it but, when I see those ghetto thugs on the train (even if they're not ghetto thugs but, they look like it with their walk, talk and demeanor), I put away my Xoom or iPhone depending on which one I've got with me. And, if I happen to have my daily phone (this week it's the Rezound), I'm not too concerned with it because it's always hidden in a bookcase style portfolio). I see thug-like youth and I hide everything.

It's really sad what happened to that reporter (or, when it happens to anyone really); I hope they catch those Ghetto trashy delinquents and I hope the reporter presses on with charges (not that it will make any difference because their public-appointed attornies will just argue that they're disenfranchised youth and deserve second chances and they will never go to jail). This is the New America: get used to it.

Ghetto rules!

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 08:14 2

12. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Look on the bright side, now they can get a Nexus7 :p

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 08:45

13. bbblader (Posts: 579; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


can you atleast not talk about this here?
the guy was beaten up and you talk about buying a new tablet

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 11:02 2

16. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Don't be too glum man, I said look on the bright side. I'm not making fun of what happened or whatever. The iPad got stolen and the guy got beaten up. That's enough bad news man. But luckily, he's still alive, and that's the biggest good news for them. He faced a GANG dude, and he lived. Now he still has the rest of his life ahead of him.

And a Nexus 7 will make him feel better :p

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 13:14 1

19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3451; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Why are you posting something like that in the article about the iPad?

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 13:29 2

20. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Is it about the iPad?

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 11:42 1

25. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


You're not making fun of what happened... But I am.

What an idiot. Don't pull out a tablet on the train. Keep those high price personal items in a safe place away from the idiots of the public. Seriously people? If I even pull out my phone in public it is in the tight grasps of my hand and I am aware of my surroundings, but I am also street smart unlike iwhatever users.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 09:27

14. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


That's why I don't buy Apple products, someone is always trying to steal them.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 14:54 2

21. Brewski (Posts: 119; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


I think it's the other way around.

Apple is always stealing other people's products...

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 09:50 3

15. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


When in a fight against more then one person, if you know your going to lose, ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS use Nails if possible, DNA... Positive identification, sure your going to get your ass handed to you, but at least the police will have skin or possibly blood to identify the perps.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 05:08

24. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Also, use your head. Literally, your skull is one of the hardest parts of the human body. A headbutt to the face will cause bleeding almost every time.
Personally, I use Rocky (left leg), Bullwinkle (right leg), Justice (left fist), Reasonable Discourse (right fist), and Allen (pet knife) talk my way out of these precarious situations.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 00:12

22. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Thats the problem here in NY, idiots always have their iPads out as if they are invincible. And I know it's their right to do whatever they want with their property but lets be realistic.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 01:53 2

23. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


The news here in NY has been saying for months that smartphone/tablet theft is HUUGE. They also tell people to conceal your device when using it out and about. So I'm sure this guy knew all that. There's always scumbags on the subway. That's one of the worst places to have your device advertised to wannabe thug thieves.

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