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Old 06-24-2005, 09:59 AM
glen glen is offline
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Default Attempted ipod theft, how do you react?

So I am getting off the T today in Boston, As I do, I kind of trip on the cord and the music stops. Then I turn around and there is some 17 to 19ish year old kid with my ipod in his hand. He says, "just keep walking. . . " There are maybe 15 people in the T with me. He has 3 friends with him, all athletic looking, skinnyish but muscular. I immediately realize that this is more of an attempted theft that was botched, like he didn't think I would notice or something (despite the fact that the music would obviously stop). What is your first instinct as to how to handle this situation?
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Old 06-24-2005, 10:10 AM
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Default Re: Attempted ipod theft, how do you react?

Stick out your hand and thank him for picking up the device you dropped.

He wants you to walk away and not make a scene. Do the opposite. But be calm and non-threatening, give him an out. Make it clear that you are not accusing him of anything, so he can walk away from his botched job.

What T stop was this, by the way? I can't imagine any place would be empty during the morning commute.
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Old 06-24-2005, 10:16 AM
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it was Aquarium headed to Wonderland on the blue line. . .
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Old 06-24-2005, 10:21 AM
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Whip out your gat and kneecap his punk ass.
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Old 06-24-2005, 10:22 AM
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my first instinct would be to get between the kid and the door/exit, if I wasn't already. probably say something like listen man, give it back and we'll both just walk away.
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Old 06-24-2005, 10:22 AM
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Whip out your gat and kneecap his punk ass.

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Old 06-24-2005, 10:46 AM
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word. . .
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Old 06-24-2005, 10:54 AM
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Default Re: Attempted ipod theft, how do you react?

My first instinct would be to reach for the ipod, probably saying thanks.

If they didn't give the ipod to me, my next move would be to put it in his pooper, I mean, ask him why he was trying to steal my ipod in a loud voice. If that didn't work, it's on.

I hate a [censored] thief.
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Old 06-24-2005, 10:54 AM
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Ask him if he'd like your cell phone too, since he'll need to call some more friends. It's not the value of the item that would piss me off. I'd be just as mad if he took a $0.50 candy bar out of my pocket.

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Old 06-24-2005, 10:57 AM
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Rip off your shirt and say, "Why you all up in ma grill ike you wanna make cheeseburgers, bitch? Waddya gonna do? Huh? Waddya gonna do?"
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