Bangalore Cops Recovered My Lost Cellphone!

Yes! That’s true – sounds like a miracle – who would have thought the cops, with bigger thieves to nab, would go after a simple cellphone.

Summary: Dropped the phone in my car when the mechanic came to take it for repair, one of his boys found and kept it. I filed a police complaint, they traced it using the IMEI number about 3 weeks later.

The super long story – read at your own risk – don’t blame me for it being long 😛

A bit of history – How I lost the phone

So it’s a year old Nokia 6233. I had called my mechanic to come start my car (it was refusing to crank even!). He came in the evening around 7.45pm on 19th April 2009. I was wearing a tee and pajamas. Put the car keys in one pocket, the mobile in the other.

My wife asked me, “Why do you need the phone, you are just going downstairs”.

Me, “Yeah, um, I don’t know…just like that”

She made a face; I went down to where the mechanic was waiting near the car.

We spent some time trying to start it up, I sat in the driver’s seat to crank it, got up, sat again, etc. <— this was perhaps when the phone popped out of the loose pocket onto the car seat or between the seat and the door.

The car finally started with a spare battery the mechanic had brought along, and they took it away for other repairs around 8pm.

My brother-in-law called on our land line from Canada at around 10.30pm and asked why we were not answering the mobile, we ignored it saying we did not get any call. Still blissfully unaware its missing!

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Wrong number from a recovery agent

I have setup my office landline calls to be diverted to my mobile if I don’t answer for a while.
The forwarded calls show the originating number as the office board line.

Got such a call this morning – a credit card dues collector who called the wrong number and still was proud!

Caller: Am I talking to X (someone elses name>?
Me: No this is Y (my name)
Caller: I am calling from HDFC Bank, you have a payment due. Are you planning to pay at one of our ATMs or should I send someone?
Me: I have no unpaid dues, I have paid my bill (while logging on to their website to make sure)
Caller: You have 4 thousand something due
Me: Wait, you are looking for X? I am not X
Caller: You bloody….when I asked you, why did you say yes?
Me: I told you I’m not X you ignored it and conti…<interrupted>
Caller (now shouting): You give the phone to X, you don’t even know how to respond to the phone
Me: Since you called on my cellphone directly, I assumed you are just mistaking my name.
Caller: I will come and slap you there, you bloody give the phone to X
Me (angry tone): Boss, firstly you have dialed the wrong number, how dare you shout at me?
Caller: I know X is there, you give the phone to him! Is this not 4xxx-xxxx (not my number)?
Me: No
Caller: What number is this, you don’t even know how to answer the phone
Me: I don’t need to tell you what number this is, it’s not the one you want and you are the one who is manner-less
Caller hangs up.

This kind of behavior is so unwarranted! The caller should have hung up once he realised he had the wrong number. Why waste time and energy abusing the wrong person – why abuse at all? I have not hidden the name of the bank on purpose.

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