“Ashley Roberts had an iPod tucked in her pocket when three teens surrounded her in her Scarborough neighbourhood in Toronto,” Zosia Bielski and Jane Armstrong report for The Globe and Mail.
“‘Let me see your iPod,’ one girl demanded, snatching the gadget from Ms. Roberts’s pocket. ‘I think I’m going to take this,’ she gloated, tugging it so hard she pulled the buds from Ms. Roberts’s ears,” Bielski and Armstrong report. “Ms. Roberts, 17, didn’t put up a fight. ‘I would have gotten put in the hospital,’ she said quietly this week.”
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Bielski and Armstrong continue, “The incident happened two years ago, and the iPod belonged to Ms. Roberts’s friend, 17-year-old Christina McPherson. Despite what happened to Ms. Roberts, Ms. McPherson is defiant: Under ‘no circumstances’ would she give up a gadget that holds 6,000 painstakingly acquired songs, even if it would reduce her chances of being mugged. ‘I’d rather be stabbed than give up my iPod,’ she said.”
“This week, a trial began in Ottawa that has heightened Canadian parents’ concerns about sending their children and teens out of the house with expensive electronic devices such as iPods,” Bielski and Armstrong report. “A youth is charged in the stabbing death of 22-year-old Michael Oatway, an Ottawa man allegedly killed for his girlfriend’s iPod on a city bus.”
“In May, Julien Hernandez, 18, was having an after-school smoke at West End Alternative School on Bloor Street West near Christie Pits park in Toronto when two men came up behind him. Their faces concealed under black bandanas, the men inquired about the school before drawing a knife and cocking a gun at Mr. Hernandez,” Bielski and Armstrong report. “Reaching into his sweater pocket, one man helped himself to the student’s cellphone before swiping his iPod out of his hand. Mr. Hernandez, a ‘movie fiend,’ lost 88 movies and 2,500 songs: ‘There goes my life,’ he said.”
MacDailyNews Note: That’s not how iPods work; if you sync to iTunes, you have a perfect backup. Just connect another iPod, authorize it, and load it with your “88 movies and 2,500 songs.”
Bielski and Armstrong report, “Police call iPod assaults an epidemic, not unlike the spate of violent swarmings in the 1990s where the prizes were expensive running shoes and jackets. But iPods are more valued because one size fits all.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ottawa Mark ” for the heads up.]
In a related article, “San Francisco man risks life for iPhone,” Owen Thomas reports for ValleyWag, “Gene Wood, an operations manager at Ask.com, the Barry Diller-owned search engine beloved by Midwestern moms, wrestled a mugger to the ground rather than lose his iPhone, for which he paid $499. While riding on a subway train in San Francisco and watching a movie, Wood felt a hand reach behind him and snatch the phone. Wood, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 240 pounds, jumped from his seat and pursued the thief. Here’s his harrowing account of how he got his iPhone back through hand-to-hand combat — and got away with just one small, if nasty, head wound.”
Full article here.
This is not a new story, but it bears repeating a bit of advice: Give up your iPod if threatened by a criminal; your life/health is irreplaceable.
Substitute “wallet” or “watch” for “iPod” and you have the same story. Blame the criminal, not the iPod.