New York City thief turns down chance to steal flip phone

New York City thief turns down chance to steal flip phone
You might recall that New York City has had a bad problem with strong arm robberies of smartphones. The Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad have been targeted by thieves in the Big, uh, Apple. In 2012, the additional 4000 iPhone robberies committed in New York City over 2011's total, single handedly accounted for the rise in the City's crime stats that year. By the middle of this year, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 units were picking up "market share" from muggers who were starting to target the flagship Android models.

Yes, criminals apparently know what phones are hot and which are not. Take a mugger in Central Park who just yesterday tried to relieve 25 year-old Kevin Cook of his phone. Cook was walking in the West 60's at around 12:30am Saturday morning, a time of the day when most New Yorkers know to avoid the Park.

Threatening to kill Cook with his gun, the thief demanded that his victim turn over his phone. But when Cook handed over his 3-year old flip phone to the robber, the robber refused to take it. "I guess he didn’t think he could get anything for it," Cook said. "It’s kind of humorous."

Yes, there is an upside for those not a slave to the latest and greatest technology. However, we're pretty sure that most of you would rather have a well-spec'd smartphone in your pocket and take your chances.


source: NYPost via Gizmodo

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38 Comments

31. menaV1

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

kind of reminds me of the t mobile jump Ad when the robber threatens the guy and gives him his phone and gives it back lol...t-mobile moment.

29. GeekMovement unregistered

Hey I still have that phone maybe I should reactivate it and use it as my thief deterrent. People like that thief and other criminals are so worthless. If they need money, they should educate themselves and learn how to get a bloody job even though it's probably going to be minimum wage for a good while. If they're willing to throw away their dignity and harm other people for money or for pleasure, they might as well just throw away their lives first.

30. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Bitch please, I'm still using a feature phone as my daily driver

32. GeekMovement unregistered

Lol nice I miss flip phones. What feature phone are you using?

36. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Nokia 206. Sadly I saw the Nokia Asha 501 on sale a week after I bought that phone, at the same price

40. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You might be joking, but if these carriers don't improve plans, I'll be going back a feature phone. Just out of principal.

41. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I'm not joking. I come from a poor family, hence I'm still using a prepaid SIM card and a feature phone. P.S. I loled at the 4G prepaid SIM cards

19. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

As a new yorker you really have to know where to go and where to not go pass 12 am in the city....sh*t gets serious at night

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Same here in Chicago, only there's certain areas in the city where you should NOT be in past 8pm or at all.

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's kinda hilarious that those joke skits and T-Mobile's commercial are kind of true to life.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

That thief is not-so-thief, he gave the phone back to the guy and he didn't even hurt the guy or steal the guy's wallet. The guy was lucky.

14. dirty_indians

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Its not a thief , its a robber . Grow up kid

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Does it even matter? Why you're so butthurt? You must be a thief, you should go to jail. You think your name is funny? Grow up you racist tard.

8. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I would do the same, unless it is a Nokia, lol

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

So, you're a thief? lol

7. loveHEAVYMETAL unregistered

The thief saw the samsung logo and give it back... he know the phone quality is too bad,the cheapest asha or other brand non-smartphone still better than this seriously, everyone know that samsung just good in quantity(its sales) not in quality

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's funny, considering every Samsung phone I've had survived drops on concrete without any damages, especially my Sprint phone from 2005. It was the offspring of the 3310.

6. gd761

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Carry 2 Cell Phones with you. Your Good High End Phone and a P.O.S. Phone. If and when someone try's to rob you for your Cellphone, hand over the P.O.S. Phone to them. Brilliant Strategy against getting your High End Phone Stolen from you.

12. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

What if the robber asks you to empty your pocket?

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because the Note 3 in my pocket doesn't stand out on it's own lol..

39. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

He doesn't want the note, unless his recycling plastic :) oh..and all that leather.

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

he refused it cuz it was a plastic crapsung lol im kidding samsung fanboys/girls

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You saved yourself with the jk.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Surprised❔

3. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Such a smooth criminal. Why didn't he go after his wallet instead?

11. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

That's why you should always have a plan B..

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Thief's are stupid these days thinking it was a iphone but doesn't want a flip phone. How dumb can they get.

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He saw the Sprint logo and gave it back. :')

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol epic burn. +1

38. techguymatt

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

robber: "give me the phone".. guy:"her just take it!" apple id password required... ahhh f***

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