外文标题：China thief sends iPhone owner handwritten numbers
Beijing (AFP) - A Chinese thief painstakingly wrote out 11 pages of telephone numbers from a stolen iPhone and sent them to the owner, state media said Monday.
The pickpocket is believed to have taken the Apple handset from Zou Bin when they shared a taxi, the Xinhua news agency said.
Zou had nearly 1,000 contact numbers in the device and with no backup copy -- like millions of other people around the world -- he was more concerned about losing the data than the phone itself, it added.
"I know you are the man who sat beside me. I can assure you that I will find you," he said in a text message to the thief.
"Look through the contact numbers in my mobile and you will know what trade I am in," he added. "Send me back the phone to the address below if you are sensible."
The tone of the message was unmistakably threatening -- Zou works in the pub industry, which in China is widely held to have links with gangs.
Days later he received a parcel containing his SIM card and 11 pages of carefully handwritten contact numbers, Xinhua said, adding he was "fossilised" by the result -- a Chinese colloquialism for astonished.
"It would take a while to write from one to one thousand, let alone names and a whole string of digits. I suppose (the thief's) hand is swelling," Zou was quoted as saying.
The theft earlier this month is believed to have happened somewhere between Yiyang and Changsha in the central province of Hunan.
Chinese Internet users gave the thief plaudits for his efforts, dubbing him "the conscience of the (theft) industry".
One user of Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter, posted: "What a sympathetic and faithful thief, one who values professional ethics."
A google phone backs up the contact in the cloud so even if u have a new phone they r automatically uploaded.
He's still a thief, but at least he made it half right. How many of us would have done that?
DA PIAN ZI
Personally, I wouldn't have stolen it in the first place..so I couldn't answer your inane question
The thief just wanted to have some fun, humor, and show some conscience. It is not just how much time spent writing and sending the parcel
This is a civilized thief who cares
an ethical thief ?
made possibly by iPhone in this digital age
high-tech has improved everyone.
"ethical thief" is an oxymoron. Robin Hood, he ain't (sic).
REALLY? If you had a Windows Phone you'd automatically had a backup in your Live account. No need for this.
If the owner wasn't such a cheapaz Chinaman he would have offered a reward for the return of the phone.
Instead, he has to now re-enter all the data if it isn't still on the SIM. Of course, he will just have some slave do it cheap. Plenty of cheap slaves in PRC these days.
Ironically, if caught, the man could be sentenced to 15 years at Foxconn, MAKING the Apple iPhone -- long argued, by Human Rights Watch, to be a form of Cruel and Unusual Punishment.
I think he was just worried about the guy being a gang member or something I doubt if he felt guilty,rather he was trying to cover what he could of his #$%$.fearing retribution.
Really, this is news?
Seems like they are saying its OK to steal a phone so long as you are 'ethical' enough to send the info back to the person you stole it from. I'm sure the thief feels so much better now.
Apparently, this is the height of "ethics" in China.
DA PIAN ZI
He's still a thief, period
An object lesson: why you should backup your data.
Should have just sent the phone back. Would have saved him a lot of time and writing.
I guess this shows how cheap labor is in China - in Europe or US, the phone would simply have been sent back.
DA PIAN ZI
Ah, China, the land of thieves. You won't get hurt there, but you have a great chance to get ripped off, just ask anyone that's visited there for any extensive time.
Pickpockets should be made to work in the mines for 5 years. IF they survive, they will be given another opportunity to successfully integrate with society.