Strange Thief：posted him a handwritten list of tel
A best man from central China whose iPhone was stolen after a stag night was “stunned” when the thief posted him a handwritten list of more than 1,000 contacts stored on the device.
Zou Bin, a barman from Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, told local media he had been commemorating his best friend’s wedding on November 14 in the nearby city of Yiyang.
Mr Zou, whose age was not given, said he had lost his mobile phone the following day after passing in out in an illegal taxi that was taking him and three other bleary-eyed strangers home.
Furious that he had lost not only his iPhone but also more than 1,000 work-related contacts, Mr Zou borrowed a friend’s mobile phone and began bombarding his own number with threatening text messages.
“You can be sure that I will find you,” he vowed. “Just have a look through my contacts and you will see who I am. If you are clever, you will send the mobile back to the following address…”
Mr Zou told Hunan’s Xiaoxiao Morning Herald he had been “bluffing” and had not expected to recover the iPhone 4, which is worth around £270 in China, or its contents.
邹先生告诉湖南《潇湘晨报》，他一直是在“吓唬小偷”，实际上也不指望自己的iPhone 4 能回来。在中国，这样一部手机大概值270英镑（约合人民币2658元）。
So he was “stupefied” when, just four days later, a parcel was couriered to his front door. There was no sign of the iPhone inside but the package did contain 11 pieces of paper containing each and every telephone number and email that had been stored on the stolen device.
“All of the numbers were handwritten,” said Mr Zou. “It would take a long time simply to write the numbers 1 to 1,000 let alone all those names and telephone numbers. It must have given him a swollen hand.”
Two clear morals emerged from his story, a relieved Mr Zou told journalists.
“Don’t just give up if you lose your phone – sometimes bluffing works,” he said. “But it is also best to save your contacts to your SIM card so you spare the thief some writing.”