A thief in China has taken the unusual step of writing out 11 pages of phone numbers stored on a stolen iPhone and has sent them to its rightful owner.
The pickpocket reportedly took the phone from Zou Bin when they shared a taxi
together earlier this month in central Hunan province. In a text to the thief, Mr Zou urged him to return the phone, saying: "I can
assure you that I will find you. Send me back the phone to the address below if you are sensible."
Mr Zou - who works in the drinks industry - was more worried about the data
on the phone than the handset itself. He texted the pickpocket that his contact list would reveal that he should
not be crossed. "Look through the contact numbers in my mobile and you will know what trade I
am in," he added.
Days later, Mr Zou received a parcel containing his SIM card and 11 pages of
carefully handwritten contact numbers. He said he was astonished by the result. "It would take a while to write from one to 1,000, let alone names and a
whole string of digits. I suppose [the thief's] hand has swollen," he said.