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WTF News: Thief Gives Back Stolen Cell Because it’s a Flip Phone

People might give you the side eye for having a flip phone but the good news is, you probably won’t get robbed for it. Kevin Cook, a New York City resident, was mugged at gunpoint in Central Park Saturday but the robber was so upset that Cook had a flip phone that he gave it back, reports the New York Post.

“Once he saw my phone, he looked at it like, ‘What the f–k is this?’ and gave it back to me,” Cook told the Post. He said his phone was a  third generation Windows phone.

Around 40 percent of robberies in major American cities involve cell phones, the Federal Communications Commission reports. Many thieves in the U.S. and internationally go for iPhones to resell them. Reselling stolen cell phones is a $30 billion underground business, and Apple’s phones are most sought-after, especially in New York.

Bill de Blasio said he will urge smartphone manufacturers make kill switches that would render phones unusable after they’re stolen.There’s been talk about kill switches for a while now. Hopefully they really go into affect, that would serve a low down crook right.

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