Recently, friend of a guy named Evan left her T-Mobile Sidekick 2 in a New York Taxi. When the friend called her phone and offered a reward for its return, she was told in comments well-laced with racial insults that there was no way she was ever going to see her phone again. This was apparently enough for the friend; she went to T-Mobile and bought a new phone and got another SIM card for the account.
This, however, wasn’t the end of it for Evan.
Let the Embarrassment Begin
On Tuesday, he created a web page dedicated to his attempts to embarrass the people who were illegally holding his friend’s phone into giving it back.
One of the most powerful weapons he has is that whenever a picture is taken with a Sidekick, it is automatically uploaded to the user’s online account, where it can be accessed with a web browser. The same is true of all the phone numbers they called.
As Evan’s friend is the true owner of this account, all the pictures taken by the people holding the Sidekick — and there are many — are available to her, and Evan was more than happy to post them on his site.
He’s also documented his many attempts to contact the people with the Sidekick and tell them that what they are doing is illegal. as well as their responses. Note: anyone not interested in reading emails in which every third word is a swear word should skip over the responses.
And the Saga Continues
This story is still developing. Yesterday, Evan and his friend went to the New York City Police. He is currently waiting for a case number and a detective to be assigned today.
Thanks to Evan’s research, they know the names and address of the people who have the phone, as well as abundant proof that they have the Sidekick, or that they had it at one time, and refused to return it.
In the beginning, the people who took the Sidekick 2 could have given it back and gotten a reward. Instead, they chose to keep it, so now, instead of a reward, they are going to get an arrest record.