And then my mobile was gone, but I chased the bugger...
So I was standing there, sunday evenings at the St. Pauli, Reeperbahn district, minding my own business, hacking some portals (it's an #ingress
thing), when a hooded smeghead approached me, ripped my phone out of my hands and ran.
I followed, quickly, cursing him along the way. A young Turk ran along, shouting "Let's catch the bastard!" and together we chased him. A couple of cut corners later, it appeared that we lost him. When we walked into another street, still gasping for air, I saw him again and shouted at him. Someone else was stepping out of a pub at that moment, immidiately grasped the situation and tripped the thug up. He crashed, hard. He got another good kick from the guy but managed to get up again and ran.
I was a wee bit out of breath by then. He escaped. My newly aquired brother in arms offered me his mobile to call the police, which I declined. They wouldn't catch the guy anyways, so what's the use...
I thanked him for his help and entered a hotel where I asked to use their computer and internet. The guy at the reception was very helpful. I logged into Google device manager and tried to check the location of my phone, but it was obviously switched off, or possibly destroyed during his crash. I remotely locked it and asked the guy at the reception to call my cell provider to lock the SIM, and he said no problem. After I finished my call, I was amazed to see the guy who tripped the thief up before entering the lobby. He brought me my umbrella back, which I lost along the way, and explained, that the thief might have escaped, but does now have a couple of bruises and a very bloody face.
The phone was gone, but this should offer at least some consolation, he explained. I agreed and thanked him a lot.
So, my summary of the night:
- one phone lost (but locked and probably destroyed)
- one bastard and
- three unexpectedly helpful and nice people
That makes it only one quarter bad, then, I guess...
And the things to learn: hold your phone tight! Use secure authentification! Use Google device manager! ...and maybe even practice running.
But in any case: there's always good people out there, too, who help you when you least expect it.
That's a Good Thing(tm).