Man beats up innocent stranger when Find My iPhone tracks his “missing” iPhone to the wrong location
Carl Ippolito, 52, a youth baseball umpire, returned to his car after a game to find his iPhone was missing. With a regular phone, the story would have ended there, but luckily (for we the media that is, not Ippolito) Ippolito had an iPhone, and so did his son. Together the pair used Find My iPhone on his son’s iPhone to track Carl’s missing phone to an alley near a lumber yard. There Ippolito came upon hapless Brent Johnson, 27, who just happened to be talking on an iPhone. What happened next is pure awesomeness:
“Police said that Johnson tried to walk away, but Ippolito grabbed his shirt, pulled the younger man to the ground and punched his head and body. Johnson’s chin was cut.
Ippolito later learned that he had inadvertently left his cell phone in the snack shack at the baseball field, where he had been umpiring a youth baseball game, police said, and it was still there. Patrolman Vince Albani investigated.”
Now, obviously that story is not “awesome” for poor Mr. Johnson, who has our sympathies, but the idea that a 52 year old man’s job is “youth baseball umpire” is great. Also great is he apparently has the temper one would associate with a man who is a 52 year old youth baseball umpire, as well as the “map reading” abilities of such a man.
I love that it did not occur to Ippolito or his son to simply call his iPhone when confronting Johnson to prove the phone was his. I also love that his phone was found in the snack shack, which further helps me imagine what Ippolito looks like.
As someone who has lost an iPhone (well, I must point out that it was the BRIDE OF MACENSTEIN who lost HER iPhone, not me) and who tried to use Find My iPhone to bust the person who took it, I must say that even with the police involved, the service is worthless. In fact all I have ever used it for successfully is sending the “sonar beep” to my kids iPod touches when they lose them in the house, which is something I guess, given it’s a free service. But I would certainly never attempt to kick anyone’s ass solely based on the blue dot on a map with a 200 ft accuracy radius. Especially a dude in a lumber yard alley. So kudos to Ippolito for being twice the man I am and being able to take down a 27 year old – a man nearly half his age (and I like to imagine, WEIGHT).