By anonymous - United States - Saint Paul
Today, while jogging, a guy tackled me and got my iPhone. Being a good runner, I caught up with him and grabbed him. Next thing I knew, I was on the ground with a policeman yelling in my ear. The guy got away. FML
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  CallMeMcFeelii  |  13

Problem with some of the police force, at least around where I am, think they're top dogs. I respect cops for the job they do, but they should respect us as well. One of the town cops drove up to the fishing supply store I worked at drinking a beer with his fucking kid in the truck. Some think they're above the law just because they enforce it.

  SneezyBear  |  27

#Welshite I used to have respect for cops but having met too many senseless ones I've lost my faith in their ability to make the right decisions. At least, the ones where I live anyway. On the other hand, I do agree with what a previous poster said - that you're more likely to run into the shitty ones because the good cops are actually busy doing what they're meant to do and not being dicks. I don't want to go into detail about the kinds of things I've seen cops do or say, but I don't have much respect anymore for cops and I have my reasons. At least, until I meet one who actually earns my respect. Otherwise they're just people doing their jobs (and shittily at that just from what I've seen), and they will hence get as much or as little respect as any other person who's doing their job.


Cop must've felt pretty sheepish after the situation was explained. Sucks that you lost your iPhone, but hey, at least you're a good enough runner to catch up to the guy and proceed to beat the crap out of him.

By  perdix  |  29

You should never confront a robber over a material possession -- they could be armed and might kill you!

No thing is worth losing your life for, . . .except an iPhone. Good try and sorry about your bad luck.

  perdix  |  29

#10, no, you can't. What the cop saw was the OP stealing an iPhone. He couldn't have known that you were stealing back your own phone. Even with your crazy explanation, he'll arrest you and let the judge figure out who's telling the truth.

  Zebediabolical  |  39

The few cops I know would probably do something quick and dirty to figure out who owns it. Like give one of them the phone and tell him/her to unlock it.

Hauling someone in for theft is like an hour of paperwork. No one wants that.

  happylawyer  |  16

Maybe not pressing charges and definitively, not under those terms, but maybe a lawsuit for civil rights violations would be a good idea (not for mistaking persons but for the ways used at intervention).

By  anythingmustbe  |  18

The world is such a bitch. You are trying to be healthy and stick up for yourself and it all goes to shit. But sometimes you shouldn't risk your life in such situations. I know an iPhone cost feels like it costs an arm and a leg but there is no point in risking them.

  phorn84  |  13

11, I agree with you to a point, but if my phone contains sensitive information or anything of a sentimental nature, then I would attempt to recover it. My business partner would kill me if I let that information go without at least a token resistance.

  slimjim8094  |  12

If you have anything remotely privileged/confidential on your phone, there's no excuse for not having encryption and a passphrase set up. Then it doesn't matter if it's stolen, the info is safe