Brian Hogan, who found a prototype iPhone 4 in a bar, opens up for his legal troubles on Reddit

Brian Hogan, who found a prototype iPhone 4 in a bar, opens up for his legal troubles on Reddit
When in the spring of 2010 we got a full frontal of the new iPhone 4 with a glass chassis, which was a unique feature at the time, the leak turned out to be from an alleged Apple tester forgetting the prototype in a bar.

Now Brian Hogan, who found the pre-release iPhone 4 unit, and sold it to Gizmodo to publish, took to Reddit for a Q&A session, spilling some intimate details on how things actually went.

First off, he spent $5000 in total for legal fees, offsetting what the tech blog gave him for the device, and then never got the other $3000 that were promised to him. A misdemeanor misappropriation of lost property was laid on him in the end, and he had to pay a $125 fine share. 

Brian Hogan said he didn't return it to the bartender because "I was 21, drunk, and I didn't think about that at the time." Fair enough, and the Reddit thread is still ongoing so you can head over to the source link and read up more on the mystery.

source: Reddit



1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Phones at bars... someones gonna patent that

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I don't really get this...So this guy finds a phone that some Apple retard lost at a barand Apple sued him for that? WTF? HOW? Is there even a law for sueing someone who found your phone but chose not to return it? If a person chooses to return a found phone to their owner, it's the owner's blessing, not a law.

3. gust3r3u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

the phone wasn.t for sale, it was a prototype, you could say the guy lost the plans to the secret iphone in a bar , now you got a lawsuit :)

4. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I think this falls into the famous court battle of Finders v Seekers. Side note: How F*ed is Gizmodo for not giving the rest of the money that was promised to him. At the very least they should have covered his lawyer bills in case this ever happens again people will feel safe going to them with stories because I guarantee they made a buttload off that one story.

8. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

As I recall, he offered the phone to apple before presenting it to Giz, and they wouldn't give him the time of day.

10. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I Don't know how it is in your country, but in Brazil and probably in USA, if you find something, you can't keep it, you have to return to the person who lost it or to the a police station.

12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Here, I'm not sure if it's a law, but a phone should be the owner's responsibility, you lose it? Too f**kin bad

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

if it were anyone else but Apple he'd have been alright.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Turn in some ones phone next time you find one. The last time I found a phone, the called it, and my honesty resulted in $100 in my pocket. People's phones are their life lines.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

PA return the edit button...

9. HASHTAG unregistered

Or learn how to type correctly. :)

11. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I don't understand why that or the thumbs down button was removed. Thumbs down isn't something only for trolls to abuse, its also useful in identifying trolls and avoiding their posts.

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